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My Army review (iPod/iPhone)

January 28, 2012

“Join the army, join the army
The suicidal army, join the army”

10 word description: War themed vertical distance runner. Tilt + tap controls. Objectives & unlocks.

10 word review: Addictive fun; could be improved with additional modes; great anyway.

You will like this if you enjoy: Endless /distance type games. Top-down military combat type games, with the proviso that this is not a shoot-em up arcade game, even if the screen images make it look a bit like one.

The good news: Great variation on the endless/distance runner genre. Graphics are varied, detailed and generally pretty – in a war-torn, exploding kind of way. Background battle sound effects and gunfire are very atmospheric. Controls are good – tilt feels precise, tapping and swiping to destroy missiles and remove bomber targets is reliable and doesn’t lead to cheap deaths. level layouts are good. Replenishing your squad by rescuing prisoners adds an element of risk vs reward, particularly so during the more hectic later levels.

The bad news: The game is good as it stands with its endless style and the sets of optional objectives to clear, but it feels like it’s missing a set of challenge levels, maybe one in each zone that could be unlocked as you complete each zone? I don’t know, it’s just an idea. It isn’t really “bad news”, I just didn’t have anything else that I could think of to put in this section. Also, some additional unlockable squad powers (in addition to the uniforms & vehicles) could be added – for example, the ability to disable a small number of landmines, effectively saving you a life when you hit one, or a wire-cutter power-up that lets you run through a small number of wire fences. Again, just ideas.

Arcadelife verdict: I like the game and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a pick-up-and-play runner that isn’t depressingly difficult. It’s plenty of fun and it keeps you coming back for more with the rank promotions and the uniform & vehicle unlocks. Overall – well worth playing, but please note that it’s an endless runner with tilt controls, not an arcade style shoot-em up.

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 8.5/10
Audio – 8.5/10
Controls – 9/10
Content – 7.5/10
Fun – 8.5/10
Final rating – 84/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0.0

Distinctive Developments website link
Bad Puppet / My Army website link

    

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 5.0.1)
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