Cowboys & Aliens: Absolution Training Grounds

1.0 Overall Score
Gameplay: 0.5/5
Design: 3/5
Duration: 0.5/5

Nice design | Ok target practice gameplay

Terrible controls | Only 10-15 minutes of gameplay

Cowboys & Aliens is now showing in theaters starting today, and there’s an official game to go with the movie.
Cowboys & Aliens: Absolution Training Grounds is a target practice game where you’re given bulls-eyes and outlaws to fire at. In the game there are five levels set in locations seen in the movie. You can also unlock weapons as you go, and the weapons are tied to each of the main characters.

In each level you face multiple sections, and try to get all the targets in each section before time runs out and you move on. The game is completely free to download, but that doesn’t mean it’s worth your time. The main problem is the control scheme which is absolutely atrocious. You drag your finger on the left side of the screen to aim like many first person shooters. The problem is that you need to leave your finger on screen, because if you pick it up and replace it, the camera shifts completely. It’s nearly impossible to drag the length of the shooting area, so there are some targets you just can’t hit.

The game is free, so you can’t expect too much from it, but there is only about 10-15 minutes of gameplay through all the levels. There is no Game Center, and just Facebook Connect, which offers not interest in the leaderboards and achievements. If that wasn’t enough, there is a tedious menu system that requires you to re-pick weapons each time, and then the game doesn’t even save your choices. In the game, there are some shots that miss despite being perfectly lined up with the target. Also note that the game is for iPad 2 & iPhone 4 only, and doesn’t even run on any other devices. The game does have nice graphics, but that’s about the only quality aspect.

Cowboys & Aliens: Absolution Training Grounds (Free, Universal) is a waste of time by any user who downloads it, and for those who developed it. Hopefully the game isn’t an indication of the quality of the movie, because this is one of the worst app efforts I’ve seen.


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