9mm Review: Gameloft have released a high end action shooter onto the App Store in the form of 9mm, a universal app for both the iPhone and iPad. At $6.99 it’s not the cheapest game but is it worth it?
The game starts as it means to go on as you are thrown straight into the action, along with a tutorial to help you get accustomed to controls. Not that it takes to get too long to get used to them.
A floating D-pad controls your movement and you can drag your finger over your device’s screen to look around your environment and aim your weapon. You can choose to use the inbuilt gyroscope to control your sight and aim if you are using one of the devices with that available to you but I preferred the more subtle control of using my fingers.
As mentioned before though it doesn’t take long to pick all of this up and you’ll soon be shooting your first, of many, victims. During the tutorial you are also introduced to the slow motion mode where your can launch your character, Kannon, backwards, forwards or sideways in slow motion, shooting and dodging bullets as you do. This is a vital skill to learn and you a duly rewarded with certain achievements when you successfully kill multiple opponents in this mode.
Wi these skills learned you take you character, Kannon, on to the wrong side of town where violence, and gun shots are around every corner. It’s a drug war out there and you find yourself in the thick of it. The story is told via the usual cut screen movies but they are nicely balanced and while they keep the story moving along they don’t make you feel like you are watching a movie.
Talking of movies the game does have a great cinematic look to it and you could be fooled into thinking that you are playing the game on one of the latest consoles. The voice acting is well done too, all be a little cheesy at times, and along with a thumping soundtrack from some established artist of the hip-hop and rap seen the overall experience is one that keeps you coming back for more.
The action never let’s up either, whether you are defending your child from an apparent pedophile, clearing out a strip club or rescuing your family from a firefight in a restaurant the gun fire just keeps raining down on you. Luckily for Detective Kannon you have a large armory at your disposal and you can also pick up the weapons and ammo from your fallen enemies.
While shooting is the mainstay of the game you’ll also find yourself have to tap and swipe across the screen in any given pattern to complete certain takes. This can be simple taps to open doors, more complex combinations to interrogate suspects and swipes up and down the screen fight dogs, dodge bullets and leap fences. It’s a dirty world in the world of 9mm and you’ll be fighting for your life all the way through it.
On successful completion of each of the 12 levels you will be rewarded with coins which you can then spend in the in game store to purchase extra protection, extra weapons or more powerful ammo. You can also purchase more in game coins with your real money should you really want to rampage through the game with a full set of armour. However I was able to complete the whole game without the need for any additional purchases meaning the game doesn’t need to cost you any more than the original $6.99.
One downside to this great game is how quickly it can be completed, especially on the easy level where I was able to complete it with only a couple of hours of gameplay. On the plus side though the game includes a multi-player mode that is not only enabled for local play but also over the Internet. This addition means that you’ll be playing 9mm long after you’ve completed the single player game.
You will need to create an account with Gameloft to play online but this is simple enough and can be done in game, once that is done you can join a existing game or create one yourself. There are 4 maps to choose from a couple of games modes to including a simple free for all where it’s a case of hunt or be hunted.
Online you’ll start off with some basic weapons but you can again use the coins that you have earnt from the single player game to by the better guns. This you will certainly need to do if you are to stand a fighting chance at survival given the skills of some of the people hat you will meet online. The online game is simple to setup though and very intense to play making it something that you’ll certainly want to come back to.
Overall 9mm is a great additional to the App Store and if you can overcome the strong language that litters the game you are in for an enjoyable romp through the mean streets as you look to clean them up!
iPirate [rating: 5/5]
It is the great joy of discovery when an app exceeds your expectations. There are a lot of mediocre iPhone games out there and I thought I had run squarely into one with iPirate. To my joy and surprise though, I found iPirate to be a fun and engaging game that’s hard to put down.
iPirate from Go Games is a simulation and resource management game. In it, you play a pirate learning the ropes from Black Beard the pirate. iPirate divides the action between battle and resource management and distribution. During the battle portion of the game, you must attack enemy ships with your cannons. Cannons are loaded by dragging a round from the available ammunition stocks on to the cannon you want to fire. When you’re ready to fire press and hold the cannon, letting go when you’re ready to fire. Holding the cannon for longer increases the distance of the shot; quickly tap for close ships and press and hold for those further away. You can impart a curve in other direction to your shot by tilting your iPhone one way or the other.
Some ships may take multiple shots to sink while others will crumble under the first shot. Sinking a ship will add its gold to your treasury. Unfortunately, ships will defend themselves with cannon fire but this can be blocked by tapping the cannonball in air before it reaches your ship. If your ship is hit you can repair it with points purchased with the gold you win in each battle.
The resource management aspect of the game kicks in after each battle. At Lisa’s shop you can purchase items to further your career as a pirate. In the ammunition shop you can buy and sell various types of ammunition. Improved ammunition costs more but has advanced capabilities. It’s a good idea to keep a good mixture of ammo to accommodate various situations. In the cannon shop you can upgrade the cannons on your ship for increased effectiveness and attack. In the ship shop you can repair and upgrade your ship and buy repair points used during the battle portion of the game.
Play is campaign based as you battle your way through increasingly difficult levels on a map. I found the game play to be varied and increasingly difficult enough to keep me engaged and interested. I would have liked a free play option but that doesn’t really detract from the overall quality of the game. As I admitted at the beginning of this review, I didn’t really know what to expect from this game but what I got was an interesting turn on the simulation genre in a fun package. iPirate also implements the OpenFeint social gaming system with a unique set of achievements and global high score system.
iPirate is a fun and engaging game that you might overlook in the App Store. Don’t. Pick up this game for an exciting adventure full of swashbuckling fun!
The Not So Good:
Reviewed By: Erin Peterson
Price: $1.99 (iTunes Store)
Reviewed Version 1.0.1
Size: 31.9 MB
Seller: DMYTRO LUKASH