Shadowgun – The Best iOS Game Yet?

4.5 Overall Score
Gameplay: 4.5/5
Design: 5/5
Length: 4.5/5

Console quality graphics | Tons of action with deluxe storyline | Beautiful design, smooth controls, and great gameplay

A bit easy at times | Repetitive nature like any shooting game | No multiplayer

Game Info

APP NAME: Shadowgun

DEVELOPER(S): MadFinger Games

GENRE(S): Action, Shooter

RELEASE DATE(S): September 28th, 2011

Are you ready for the most technologically advanced game yet on iOS? Shadowgun was just released today, and aims to set the new standard in graphics for iOS games. It takes more than graphics to make a great game, but Shadowgun definitely delivers an amazing graphics engine. If you’re familiar with the 3D unreal engine in Infinity Blade, it’s worth noting that Shadowgun’s graphics engine does laps around Infinity Blade. The game is really jaw droopingly gorgeous when you consider that it’s being played on a mobile device. When MadFinger Games, developers of Samurai, say console quality graphics, they’re not lying. We’ve followed the progress of this game, and seeing the final build in action is simply astonishing as you get such brilliant lighting effects, 3D rendered environments, and really intricate gun fire and character animations.

If you’re unfamiliar with the game, it’s a 3D third person shooter that can definitely be classified as a hardcore game like Infinity Blade, N.O.V.A. 2, and Call of Duty: Zombies. If you’re used to the casual fare of Angry Birds, Cut The Rope, and Tiny Wings this is definitely a change of pace, as you blast away mutant soldiers in deluxe futuristic environments. Shadowgun doesn’t have ground breaking graphics for the entire gaming industry, but it’s definitely ground breaking for iOS. I’ve seen this kind of intricate detail on the PS3, and XBox 360 with games like Gears of War, Resistance, Killzone, etc, but nothing even close on iOS. The game has pushed the bounds of the graphic capabilities on iOS, and every future game will be judged by it.

Also, one consistency with console games these days is that there are such long load times before you’re actually in the game playing. Shadowgun provides relatively little wait to get you back into the deluxe 3D shooting action. One last note on the graphics engine is that there is an even more advanced iPad 2 specific version built into the universal app. As stated earlier, It takes more than graphics to make a great game, and Shadowgun really delivers it all. First off, there is an intricate enemy AI engine, though it’s not the most difficult. The game can be a bit easy on normal difficulty mode, and once you kill a few mutant enemies, you’ve seen them all. That’s not to say console shooters don’t all suffer from the same problems of repetitive nature of shooting enemies.

The game does feature 10 intricate levels with a deluxe storyline that will take quite a few hours to get through. The story is unveiled at a nice pace, and gives plenty of explanation as to why you’re blasting through mutated soldiers. The game also features high quality voice acting, and there’ quite a bit of personality in the game so that you enjoy playing as John Slade. Once you pick up the game, it’s tough to stop playing because of the engaging nature as you move between various environments with constant action. There are new enemy types introduced often, and there are epic boss battles as well.

Shadowgun ($7.99, Universal) is quite simply the current pinnacle of iOS gaming, and nothing else even comes close. This is the most advanced game to date, which comes the closest to delivering console style gaming to iOS devices. The game isn’t a ground breaking shooter in overall gaming, but it’s ground breaking on the iOS platform, though the style is similar to quite a few console shooter games over the years. It would be nice to see multiplayer, as the game only includes a single player campaign, but that would just be a nice bonus, and is not necessary to fully enjoy the game.

Shadowgun is a must buy for the $8 price tag that is well worth it for the enjoyable time you will spend blasting away enemies, and appreciating the beautiful design.


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3 Comments on "Shadowgun – The Best iOS Game Yet?"

  1. Creature September 28, 2011 at 8:34 PM -

    Very worth it indeed. Nice review.

  2. Tonypiech October 5, 2011 at 11:51 AM -

    How do you get past the Driller at Level 3? I can’t seem to figure it out.

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