Dead Trigger (iOS) Review
Mark Adams / Aug 11th, 2012 No Comments
Once in a while there comes along a game that changes the way you think about a gaming platform, sometimes it’s because it looks beautiful, sometimes because it is so different to other games on that platform, and sometimes because it handles so well it just stands out from the crowd. Dead Trigger is one such game that changes what we think about mobile gaming.
The world has become infected by a virus, and it has turned Mankind into a Zombie filled apocalyptic landscape. Only a few people have survived the outbreak, and thankfully you are one of these people. The only thing stopping you being killed is your trusty arsenal of weapons and the need to accomplish certain tasks to get to the end of each level. The game promises over 40 hours of gameplay, and after many hours playing it, I can tell you that promise doesn’t sound far from the truth.
Dead Trigger is a real-time 3D environment based First-Person-Shooter. What makes it stand out from the crowd is everything I have mentioned in the first paragraph. It has the best graphics you have ever seen on a mobile device, textures are high resolution, and animations are fluid. The water effects are very impressive, and if you were not to know any better, you would think you were playing a modern day console game. Every fine detail of the game, including lighting effects and sound effects and music are spot-on perfect, and fill you with confidence that not only is mobile gaming going to get better, but this game is going to be awesome.
Talking of awesome, no matter how good a game looks, if it doesn’t play well then it’s going to be a bad game. Dead Trigger uses the dreaded virtual control-sticks, but don’t worry, unlike other games these simply work perfectly! You can tweak how sensitive they react, and before you know it you will be running and gunning just as you would on a console. Each level is broken up into sections where you are given certain tasks such as collecting boxes, collecting food, getting from point A to point B or simply surviving the hordes of Zombies. You’ll know how hard a level is before you choose it by the number of skulls displayed, where one skull is easy and three skulls is hard. For each level you are referred to a certain type of weapon which would be best for that level, and its up to you if you use it or not. From then on, this is a console FPS on an iPad, with some frantic run-and-gun action, many Zombies to kill-off and various tasks to complete.
On your virtual map which is where you start before each game, you can choose various missions or you can visit the shop to buy new weapons. There is also a very handy Casino there which gives you a couple of spins each day. You usually win something, usually money or gold, and this is what you use to buy weapons throughout the game. During the gameplay, you will also pick up money, gold or ammunition from killed Zombies, so you must remember to collect as much of this as you can, otherwise you will not progress far into the game.
An example of how important money is to collect would be after you complete the first level with an awesome gun and seemingly unlimited ammunition (obviously done that way to draw you into the game), you loose that weapon and have to play the game with a slow loading pistol until you can afford a better weapon. Although frustrating, it doesn’t take too long to build up the cash for a great semi-automatic machine gun. I know that is a part of the game that some people will give up on, but don’t give up because it really is worth sticking with the game.
In-Game purchases are the norm these days in mobile games, and Dead Trigger is no different. However, for those who don’t dig deep into the game, there is a virtual part of the map where you can watch videos, “like” Facebook pages and “follow” Twitter accounts that gives you a reward for doing so. It’s well worth doing this, because it opens up a whole lot of opportunities for buying weapons etc for the game.
I’ve seen some reviewers talk about Dead Trigger as just a tech demo for mobile devices, but the game is a whole load more than that, with some great depth and some incredible hand-held gameplay. Playing the game on a Nexus 7 and an iPad 2, the game looked and played identical, so there seems to be no differences between the two versions. The best thing though is that the game is no free to play on iOS! Yes, up until recently you had to pay for this game, but this game is now free. It’s hard to imagine how a game that looks and plays so good is free, but probably thanks to the in-game purchases that people make, it is.
Dead Trigger is without doubt the best free FPS game available on mobile devices. If it were to be a console game, then this would be just as good as review as it is. Stick with the controls and tweak them to your needs and it will play fluidly. Stick past level one and you will get better guns than the pistol. Stick the game on to show friends, and they will not believe that a mobile device can produce games this good.
tags: ios , review