Stick Squad 2 Review

Stick Squad 2 Review

Mar 13, 2015

Stick Squad 2 is another entry in the well-worn sniper genre on Android Is it worth a shot?

As for the actual gameplay Stick Squad 2 provides some pretty good sniping action. A simple control system lets you pan around the scope with a finger and there are buttons for fire and reload, although the reload button for whatever reason is very small. The rifle you use in Stick Squad 2 has a very small magazine so it’s important to a make your shots count. Head shots of course are instantly fatal while sloppy body shots usually requires multiple hits to kill enemies.

Screenshot_2015-02-27-18-48-34Only a few missions are unlocked at once and these must be completed to unlock more. Completing a mission awards a rating and three star rating are worth much more cash. Missing even one shot usually ends any chance of a three star rating, so like real sniping this game is all about precision. The missions vary wildly in fun and challenge. For every fun snipe fest with enemies there is another mission that is dull as dishwater, such as a target shooting mission. Blowing off heads is fun, but shooting static targets isn’t so much. These target shoots take place in the same levels as those used for enemies as well, so they really feel like filler.

Stick Squad 2 features an upgrade system for its guns. Coins earned in gameplay can be spent on weapons upgrades. These get expensive in a hurry but good play awards plenty of coins.

Graphically, Stick Squad 2 is slick. Unsurprisingly the game features plenty of stick figures yelling at each other and amusing/terrible voice acting. There is plenty of blood and good death animations and targets are easy enough to make out.

Stick Squad 2 is a fun game and since its free it’s worth a download for some head explody action.

Sniper 3D Assassin Review

Sniper 3D Assassin Review

Nov 29, 2014

Sniper 3D Assassin has the player assume the role of a consummate professional sniper. Perched on rooftops and sometimes at street level, each mission gives the player some background and a photo of the target. The player then finds this person among the throngs below and ventilates their head. No cheesy objective arrows here, just good old spotting!

Completing missions earns the player coins which are used to upgrade guns and even buy new ones. Extra cash is given for headshots.

Screenshot_2014-11-23-14-27-56Sniper 3D Assassin’s sniper action is lot of fun. You aim the rifle by tilting the device and this works extremely well and feels very precise. There is a shoot and reload button and reloading takes about four seconds at the outset, so players can’t afford to miss.

The game also likes to mix up missions, which keeps the game interesting. The target may be in a crowd of people and difficult to kill cleanly, in a moving car, forcing a well-timed shot or there may even be multiple targets or hostage situations. Killing an innocent fails the mission and rifle bullets go right though bodies like paper, so often the player has to think about how to take the shot. This is excellent stuff.

Sniper 3D Assassin has some annoying and easily fixed issues however. The worst one is the way that the reload button is right next to the bullets that are tapped to fire. This means that often the player will reload by accident, ruining missions and making misses very costly indeed. This could have been easily prevented by moving the button.

Sniper 3D Assassin also lacks a way to invert aim. Lots of players do not like their aim inverted in first person shooters but that is the only option here.

Screenshot_2014-11-23-15-09-38Freemium also makes an appearance, although not as overtly as some other games. The way that the game locks away missions until the player’s gun is upgraded enough is annoying, but the game often hands out enough coins to keep the gun upgraded. The game also features a dreaded energy system but players can get quite a lot of missions done before they bump into that barrier.

Lastly, some guns can only be bought with diamonds. Diamonds are rare as hen’s teeth and players will only get one when they level up unless they buy packs in game.

For the most part though Sniper 3D Assassin keeps its freemium out of the player’s face and it’s possible to enjoy the game without spending a penny.

Sniper 3D Assassin looks excellent. It feels very realistic as you scope down from a nearby roof and search for your target among the other passerbys below. The blood and gunshot effects are well done as well. The sound works well too, from the crack of your rifle to the hubbub of the city around you.

Sniper 3D Assassin is a very well done sniper game with a few silly problems that will hopefully be patched out. It has minimal freemium and varied missions and players should get at least a fun few hours out of it.

Earn to Die 2 Takes Zombie Splattering To The City!

Earn to Die 2 Takes Zombie Splattering To The City!

Aug 25, 2014

Earn to Die was a cool game with fun gameplay, lots of guns and appealing graphics. Now Not Doppler has announced a sequel to the original zombie splatterer unsurprisingly named Earn To Die 2. Earn To Die 2 looks similar to it’s predecessor, but takes place in a very different city environment instead, instead of the deserts of the original game. This should add some new gameplay wrinkles. The trailer seems to suggest that cars may be destructible this time around too, which should make gameplay more challenging.

Check out the cool movie style trailer here!

High Noon 2 Review

High Noon 2 Review

Mar 28, 2014

High Noon 2 is a shoot-out arcade-type game that presents the wild’west in deliberate first-person perspective.

In this game, I believe the tutorial is absolutely necessary, so kudos to the developer for the practice shooting portion. I liked the practice in that it assists with learning the shooting and reloading mechanism without necessarily ruining the surprise if the gameplay. Shooting is simple; all it takes is tapping the screen, but linking up the sights is what is really crucial. Tilting the device controls the aiming piece, and it takes a little bit to get used to doing it in a quick manner.

One thing the game doesn’t do is be overly easy. There isn’t just an endless supply of bullets, and the practice hn2area underscores this. Swinging the device downwards allows for the virtual weapon to be reloaded manually via taps, which, in the midst of a gunfight, understandably has to be performed very quickly.The practice portion can be repeated infinitely.

Going on, the game engine walks players through the basics. The first gunfight was an eye-opener, and completed the picture; the opposing gunfighter was picked at random. The interesting thing is that the opponent moves around, shoots back and has a life percentage. As in all standoffs of this nature, it’s a war of attrition, and whoever has depleted the others life first wins. Winning yields experience points and a rewards, which can be used for improvements from the in-app shop. There is also a list of missions that serve as another goal for players. Multiplayer is possible too, and optional in-app purchases with real cash are available.

Fun as the game is, I beg forgiveness for being a prude; I didn’t like some of the language in the menus. Also, the visuals work, but could use just a little bit more pop with smoother animations.

Still, it’s a decent free-to-play game when consumed in short bursts.

Friday Free App Rundown February 8 – More Defense Games

Friday Free App Rundown February 8 – More Defense Games

Feb 8, 2013

Defense games are pretty addictive games. When there is a tower defense game tied to an topic of interest, this makes them a lot more fun and addictive. We have talked about a lot of different tower defense games here on Android Rundown but cant cover them all in one or even seven articles. So here is another list of tower defense games for Android.

Fantasy Kingdom Defense HD

Fight off the demons sent by the Evil Lord. They are trying to get into the castle and it is up to the elf archers, sword-wielding knights, powerful mages and fire-breathing dragons to put the kibosh on their advances. Lots of different levels and fantasy worlds to play. Try out all of the different attack and defense units to make sure the castle doesn’t fall into the Evil Lord’s clutches.

Download Fantasy Kingdom Defense HD

Birds Defense-Eggs Protection

Animals in nature are really protective of their young. Birds will start pecking and dive-bombing when anything gets close to the nest. This tower defense game is along those lines. Protect the eggs from the swine team. It’s Angry Birds as a tower defense game. Each of the birds has different abilities. Use them in combination with other birds to make an unstoppable defense.

Download Birds Defense-Eggs Protection

Tower Raiders 3 FREE

Tower Raiders 3 is pretty darn cool for a free tower defense game. The goal is to save the humans. However, they are helping gather resources to build more towers. It’s a good team effort. The multi-floor levels and different views make for a really cool game. Some of the other games out there are really flat and undetailed, not Tower Raiders 3.

Download Tower Raiders 3 FREE

Asuri Tower Defense Free

Help Rose fight off the machines that want to take over the world and want to destroy all humans. Also, she is smitten and wants to take it to the next level. If war and defending the human race wasn’t enough to worry about, add in a romance to the situation. Lots going on here. Earn different difficulty levels. Bosses and tanks of all kinds add more challenges.

Download Asuri Tower Defense Free

Zion Tower Defense

Zion Tower Defense kind of has the same plot as that scene from the Matrix. Defend the last remaining humans from the machines. Use the different tools available to fight off the waves of attackers and keep the humans alive. Use a strategy to determine the best way to solve the puzzle for the particular wave of attackers. The HD graphics are gorgeous and the weapons big.

Download Zion Tower Defense

Grabatron – Review

Grabatron – Review

Dec 16, 2011

Retro nostalgia never seems to get old. No matter how advanced video game technology becomes there will always be a place in our hearts for old-school art and stories. At first glance Grabatron seems designed to tug on those heart strings by appealing to both a love of 80’s arcade games, and old 50’s space monster movies. The music is an interesting mix of that old UFO “oooooOOOOOOoo” musical saw tone (you know what I’m talking about), and that 8-bit sound that never dies in popularity. And the graphical style is also a nice nod to the 80’s era games that did so well in arcades. But look closer and you’ll see that Grabatron is more than just a knock-off or an homage. It’s a really entertaining game in its own right, and the graphics are actually quite captivating. But more than all of that it is hilarious!

You play a UFO/alien that I must assume is actually named Grabatron. It’s not actually clear if the UFO is piloted or sentient, but it definitely has glowing evil red eyes, and a maniacal laugh (especially when it is killing civilians). It even mutters its own name from time to time, which is awesomely creepy. Grabatron is your standard flying saucer shape, but all dark metal and sharp edges, as though the spaceship from Flight Of The Navigator went bad. And it has this giant claw, for grabbing, hence the name. Grabatron loved nothing more than to fly around rural towns, hurling objects around with the claw, or snatching up farm animals and people, and squishing the ones it doesn’t decide to abduct. The controls are fairly simple; it uses the tilt sensors to steer in four directions, tapping anywhere on the screen drops the claw, and swiping will cause the claw to throw whatever it has in its grasp. There are power-ups in the form of advanced armour and bigger claws, and abducting lifeforms will restore your health. There are mini missions to gain point bonuses, such as abducting a set number of Cows or Farmers or Rednecks.

But it’s not all fun and cow-hurling, there are enemies to contend with. Local farmers and police are armed with guns, the rednecks are armed with beer bottles (that they hurl from atop their trailer homes) and the government is armed with some pretty serious weaponry. You’ll be faced with helicoptors, RPGs, and SAMs. But luckily for you, any one of those can be disabled with a well-aimed boulder or truck. And just to make things even more interesting you can get bonuses for killing opponents in style. Take that giant concrete doughnut sign off the roof of the diner, roll it down the road, and watch the points rack up as the tiny humans squish like water balloons.

This game makes me laugh the whole time I am playing. I know that it’s wrong to enjoy throwing sheep into cliffs so much, but it’s the same sort of dark humour that makes games like GTA so popular. Every time Grabaton makes his digitally distorted chuckle while devouring a farmer, it makes me laugh too. The game is fun both for the wanton destruction, but also for actually challenging yourself to the larger goals (destroy a nuclear power plant!)

I only encountered one issue while playing, and it was sudden and very powerful lag at one point when I was pretty far into the level. I ended up having to exit the game to get around it, and it took me out of my grove a bit. But once it was sorted out I went back to human-tossing fun and everything was fine.