|Available In: App Store||Price: $9.99|
I was really excited to see a top notch FPS (first person shooter) in the app store. Of course the first thing I wanted to know is how well did the controls work and was it worth the $9.99. When I downloaded it there were no reviews in the App Store on the iPhone and the site I found it on just announced it’s release and did actually review the game play. The download is pretty big (81.6MB) so it takes a few minutes to install even over wifi. I later found some reviews in iTunes on my computer about a problem I was having. The app would just open and just stick on my wallpaper. A lot of people were blaming it on the jailbreak and others said the permissions were set wrong. I decided to go the permissions route since I didn’t want to disable Winterboard. I went to /private/var/mobile/Applications/ and sorted the folders by most recently changed. The top one was this app. You can tell ’cause it will have a subfolder called BIA.app. I changed the folder and subfolder’s permissions to 0755. IT WORKED! I closed the app to reopen it so I could get screenshots of the intros and then the app didn’t work again. I was really frustrated! While I was trying to figure out what to do the app loaded. It seems it just took a few seconds to load. Now the app works fine.
Now, on to the review. The controls are pretty sweet. There’s like a touchpad on the left for forward back and strafe. Just swipe up, down, left or right to look around and there is a button in the bottom right to shoot. It was pretty glitchy for me but it seemed to be smooth for a few seconds, then glitchy, then smooth. I remembered I have a flashing Christmas lights theme on my wallpaper so I tried shutting it off. Things ran MUCH better. Again, the controls are amazing. You can tap and hold the firing button for fully automatic. Also, when you run up to sand bags and other things to hide behind, your character ducks automatically. You can tap the gun in the top left corner to pause the game and it also brings up a full menu. To throw a grenade you tap on the grenade in the top right corner then aim where you want it and push the fire button.
The multitouch works great! It’s easy to control and gets easier as you get used to it. There was a few times where a fence or wall that I was standing by would get in my view. Overall, if you like FPS then this is about as good as it’s gonna get on the iPhone. Now they just need multiplayer mode via online or network!
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