by Staff Writer
November 1, 2010
OverviewAre you ready for a futuristic dual stick shooter that is different than any you’ve seen before? Well Revolt is finally available and now you can start blasting away robots with a theme similar to Terminator. We gave you a sneak peek seven months ago, and now it's time for the full review. The game offers dual stick controls, but has a deluxe story with complex environments more reminiscent of a first person shooter.
FeaturesThere are eight story levels facing eight enemy types and a final boss with three difficulty settings. There is also a survival mode with a limited area to move about more similar to other dual stick games. There are three main types of weapons that have multiple upgrades, and OpenFeint and Game Center are available for online high score and achievements.
The GoodThe dual stick shooter has finally become a full length game with Revolt. Rather than just a rectangle to move through and a load of enemies, you actually travel through complex level designs with multiple branching pathways. As you’re progressing you never know what will appear around the next turn, or just up ahead out of the screen. Once you run into enemies there is a load of action with all the weapon fire and destructible environment. You can fire upon level elements that enemies are using as cover to cause an explosion, damaging your enemies, and then the ability to fire upon them with a clear shot. Every single explosion rattles the screen so you really feel the blasts, and all the animations are really amazing to witness on a phone screen. Also the environments show the blast marks on screen, and keep them there, and not just disappearing like a typical game. The futuristic environments have so much variability and so many complexities to really admire. There are intricate lighting effects for each level which are very complex for an iDevice game that really enhance the overall experience. The sound effects and soundtrack pick up when action becomes intense on screen. The story mode is a great challenge to make it through with an engaging Terminator type storyline, and very complex areas from level to level. Dual stick controls work very well on the iDevice, and it’s nice for this method to finally be applied to a game with some meat. First person shooters haven’t had the best controls on the iDevice, but dual stick with this kind of content really enhances the gaming ability of the iOS platform. There is a survival mode for limited environments, and a lot of enemies, but that’s really not what this game is about. It’s a shooter adventure that just happens to use dual stick controls, and it’s one of the best adventures in the App Store. The OpenFeint/ Game center inclusion adds a little more to the replay factor.
The BadThe game does have some slight lag with multiple explosions even on a fourth generation iPod Touch. The game doesn’t have that many enemies especially when compared to other dual stick shooters, but these enemies are more challenging and strategic.
The VerdictRevolt pushes the bounds of the iOS platform especially as to what to expect from dual stick shooters. The game has a brilliant game design with such complex visuals and environment design. The complex level layouts are a true achievement giving you action and surprise with a solid story. Revolt is a must buy for $1.99 that is easily the best dual stick shooter, and one of the best games to date. ***To win one of two copies of Revolt simply leave a comment below with some humor and/or ReTweet this post. Contest ends tomorrow at 2 PM PDT. Please leave a valid e-mail address and follow us on twitter so we can send you the code. US iTunes only. Good Luck!
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