Neon Shadow ($1.99) by Crescent Moon Games is a sci-fi first-person shooter (FPS) game that will take you back to the days of classic shooter action. If you are a fan of FPS games in general, then this is definitely one you don’t want to miss.
While I’m definitely not the best at FPS games, I do enjoy them from time-to-time. I’ve always preferred them on the computer, as I found it easiest to move and aim, but I can adapt to other control schemes as well. On iOS, however, FPS can be a difficult thing to get right, but I think that Neon Shadow did a pretty fantastic job with it.
The graphics in this game are stunning. It definitely feels like I’m playing one of the console shooter games, as everything on the screen looks crisp, detailed, and rich. The movements of your character as well as enemies on the map are smooth and fluid, with no lag whatsoever. The game also has a fast-paced soundtrack to immerse you in the world.
While there is a story behind Neon Shadow, it’s kind of one of those generic plots that you find in an iOS shooter. Of course, I don’t really play shooters for the story most of the time, so I chose to skip through the scenes and get straight to the action. Character movement is done by moving your finger in the bottom left area, which serves as a virtual joystick. To control what you’re looking at and your aim, move your finger around on the right side of the screen. To shoot, tap on the trigger button in the bottom right.
For the most part, the controls work very well, though I did find myself firing the gun by accident at times when I was frantically trying to aim. I also wish that there was a way to crouch to take cover behind objects, but that looks missing in the game. So if you plan to take minimal damage, you’re going to have to maneuver around corners, walls, and strafing to avoid fire.
The single player campaign will consist of various levels and areas for you to navigate through, with an objective to complete before you can move on. There will be various gun upgrades, ammo, and health packs to aid you on your quest, so use them wisely. You get graded on performance during the mission. Before you start, you can also choose the difficulty level to play on, and there’s one for everyone, from casual to hardcore.
The multiplayer part of the game reminds me a lot of Eliminate back in the day, which isn’t a bad thing. You can either play online through Game Center by automatch (up to four players) or inviting friends, or you can even do local LAN matches with nearby devices. The multiplayer deathmatch rounds will last for a few minutes, and you will need to grab nearby guns to upgrade your arsenal and just let loose. Whoever gets the most kills by the end is the winner.
Neon Shadow is a must-have FPS game on iOS, as it is rich and stunning, action-packed, challenging, and there are tons of guns to frag your enemies with. The single-player campaign is fun, but the multiplayer is where it’s really at. And the best part is that there are no in-app purchases, so this is all about skill, not paying to win.
I highly recommend checking out Neon Shadow if you’re a FPS fan. Crescent Moon Games and Tasty Poison hit it out of the park with this one. You can find Neon Shadow in the App Store as a universal download for $1.99.