Chillingo’s Predators, an action adventure game where you can play as a terrifying Predator, was recently updated with all new Retina graphics that are optimized for the third generation iPad.
Now you can slice and dice your human prey in high resolution with razor sharp graphics.
In this game, you’re not a human fighting the monsters, you are the monster. You take on the role of a Predator, and use your hunting techniques to hunt down and eliminate groups of human killers that have been flown to the planet.
The entire planet is a game preserve, and you must use Predator strength, stealth, and alien technology to tear apart deadly humans including mercenaries, assassins, death-squad soldiers, cartel enforcers, and more.
Predators is controlled with a joystick on the left for movement, and buttons on the right that control your attacks. There are several different attacks that you can execute by tapping the buttons in different ways. For example, the B button executes a dash attack, but if you’re close to an enemy, that attack will turn into a close range stabbing attack.
There are several attack combinations that you will learn throughout the game, and mastering them is imperative for success, especially at later levels.
Each level has a goal, such as slaying a certain number of enemies. Once this is complete, you will move on to new, more difficult levels with new Predator abilities and weapons, like wrist blades, combi sticks, and whips.
The controls are solid, though it can be hard, at times, to pull off complicated maneuvers that require tapping and holding, which is not easy to do on a touch screen. Levels are well balanced, and ramp up in difficulty at a decent pace, so the game is never too easy or too hard.
As in the famous movies, the Predators have a thermal view that allows them to see in the pitch dark or in the rain. You will need to use this vision carefully to take out powerful human enemies. There’s also a stealth mode, which will allow you to sneak up on unsuspecting enemies.
There are quite a few levels for you to beat, and the array of weapons keeps the game from getting stale. This is not a game for the faint of heart, however. There’s a lot of gore, and this is, at its core, a serious melee combat game.
What I liked: The Predator has a lot of moves that are done by holding down and tapping both the A and B buttons, and it’s a lot of fun to execute complicated moves.
What I didn’t like: This game was repetitive. I felt like I was repeating the same thing over and over again – hacking and slashing my way through the humans.
To buy or not to buy: I wouldn’t purchase this if you dislike violent games. There’s a lot of killing and a lot of blood, but if you love slash ‘em up type games, Predators is a great choice.
- App Name: Predators
- Version Reviewed: 1.4
- Category: Games
- Developer: Chillingo
- Price: $0.99