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Back to this week’s Game Friday and we give you a look at the newly-released blockbuster Splinter Cell Conviction and martial-arts legend Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, along with three other interesting action games.
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First up this week is Fortis, a top-down, 3D shooter, very much in the style of the classic arcade game Asteroids. There are 36 different levels to complete and four different weapons to use and upgrade in order to defeat the various enemies you come across.
The controls are a little tricky to work with at times, which unfortunately lets the game down, however if you stick with it to master them the game is actually quite enjoyable. Fancy graphics certainly add to the experience, so grab the game while it’s at the introductory price of $0.99.
Sam Fisher makes his debut on the iPhone in Splinter Cell Conviction, a port of the highly successful Xbox 360 game, with an extra level added exclusively for the iPhone. Take on 11 different levels in this highly charged action stealth game, fighting a corrupted secret agency in order to secure the return of your daughter.
The graphics are stunning and the gameplay is exciting, while also being easy to pick up and play. As with most games from Gameloft, you know you’re getting something that will justify the price tag and, for those of you who are fans of the series, this will not disappoint!
Yarrr! There aren’t many pirate games available for the iPhone, but one of the better ones is the Battle of Corsairs. You are in command of a pirate ship that faces a number of enemy ships out with the aim to send you to the bottom of the ocean. Sink enemy ships in order to earn gold and upgrade your own ship, while cleverly steering away from cannon ball fire that comes your way.
The free version comes with two levels as standard, but an in-app purchase of $0.99 will give you access to more. It’s a small price to pay for what is a highly enjoyable game.
Martial Arts legend Bruce Lee also makes his iPhone debut in the fantastic Dragon Warrior, a game that definitely looks good value for money. Play as Bruce against 9 opponents in 5 different game modes (Story, Arcade, Time Attack, Versus and Survival) across 5 locations in day and night.
There are 4 different fighting styles represented, with each carefully motion captured using martial arts experts and, while the controls are simply punch and kick, a number of special combos can be learned. It’s arcade fighting at its best on the iPhone.
Some may not classify Parkour / Freerunning as “Action”, but it falls into that category in the App Store and so has been included as our final game this week. Playing like a platform game, iTraceur features 7 levels of freerunning with simple controls allowing you to pull of complex jumps and rolls.
There are numerous secrets to unlock in order to complete the game as well as first and third person videos to watch in between levels. Those of you who like listening to your own music while playing games will be pleased to know there is iPod integration. Something different at less than $2 makes this highly recommended.
What Have You Been Playing?
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