Project Sanctuary [rating: 3/5]
An Option Filled 3rd Person Shooter Let Down by a Weak Storyline.
Who doesn’t enjoy killing aliens and other unknown creatures to smithereens on the way to saving the world? Well, some people probably do not, but if you do then Project Sanctuary may be just the game for you as that is the task that you are given in this 3rd person top-down shooter.
The game currently includes four modes of play, single player and multi player modes and the Endurance and Arena. Both the single player and multi player modes allow you to play through the story mode of the game either on your own or via Wi-fi and Bluetooth with up to 3 additional players.
The game starts with your usual story involving the possible end of the world which ultimately results in you and your band of colleagues fighting against the Trinigon Alliance and their army of blood-thirsty creatures. The story is told in comic book style throughout the game but it’s a little predictable to be honest and rather cheesy in it writing too. However, it’s not long before you are thrown into the action.
Before starting the game you get to choose from one of 4 characters each of which have their own strengths and weaknesses. These abilities can be improved on throughout the game via money that is earned through completing the levels. Obviously while playing though the story in multi player mode you can play as each of the characters and get a complete balance of skills.
The controls are relatively easy with a virtual d-pad on the left of the screen controlling your movement and a directional action button on the right controlling your shooting. Each character can hold a maximum of two weapons and these can be switched between during game-play via the weapon button in the top-right corner of the screen.
The action is pretty intense even from the 1st level and you’ll soon find a multitude of aliens looking to stop you in your tracks. Each of these enemies have different strengths and defenses too while some you kill with ease others will require more shots and/or stronger weapons.
As well as defeating the numerous enemy you will also be given other challenges on each level. While completing the primary challenge will result in you completing the level two additional challenges will allow you to improve your ranking and gain extra cash to improve you players stats and purchase bigger and better weapons.
While the action is fast and and furious the sound does not reflect this with the sound of your gun fire and that of the enemies sounding weak and not reflecting of the destruction that they cause.
There are 4 chapters to the story each with six levels and thanks to the multiple challenges in each level there is a lot of value here and possible re-play value too should you not initially complete all the challenges and want to play through the game with each character.
Talking of good value in addition to the single and multi-player version of the story mode the Endurance and Arena modes offer the single player the chance to survive as long as you can or kill wave after wave of enemies.
While there is a lot to do in Project Sanctuary the story line failed to engage ultimately, failed to enable that special feeling that encouraged me to ‘play just one more game’ that any classic game needs if it’s going to succeed.
- Multiple challenges per level
- 4 customizable characters
- 4 Chapters and 24 Levels
- Under par graphics
- Underwhelming sound
- Cheesy storyline
Project Sanctuary Trailer 1
Price: $2.99 (App Store)
Released: Jul 05, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 202 MB
Seller: Salient Holdings Limited
© 2010 Salient Holdings Limited
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.