iPhone Game Review: Crimsonworld Reviewed by JadeDragon
Dual stick shooter genre has seen its share of blood and gore, but fans of the genre just don't seem to get enough of it. Crimsonworld brings us another dual stick shooting action where you are dropped on various desolate landscapes and must survive attacks from hordes of alien bugs and monsters. The game is played in a top-down view and offers non-stop action in three game modes. So if you are hankering for some alien blood and gore, get in on the action!
Crimsonworld is a no frill dual stick shooter game that's designed for both casual gamers and hardcore fans of the genre. The game has three playing modes, and depends on how much time you want to spend in one sitting, you can pick the battle style that suits you the best. The Quest mode is a linear sort of gameplay where you complete levels after levels. In this mode, you are introduced to new enemies, new weapons and new terrains as you go deeper into the levels. If you don't want to play for a long period of the time in one sitting, there is the survival mode where you will see all the aliens you've seen in Quest mode and all the weapons you?ve unlocked so far in Quest mode. Survival mode starts slow but ramps up quickly. If you are really in a rush, there is the aptly named Rush mode. All bets are off in this mode, all types of aliens will rush you from all directions and you will need to be on your toes to survive!
To help you on your quest to survive, Crimsonworld offers 12 types weapons that you will need to unlock as you progress. The weapons are well designed not only in graphics but also in levels of damages they deal. Different weapons have different effects on enemies also, which makes it fun to try different ones in battle. Some weapons fires faster and precise, like the piston or autogun; others damage wider areas like the shotgun or plasma gun. The automatic guns are most useful in enemy swarming attacks as they shoot faster. Reload is automatic in this game, some guns reload faster than others. So make sure you pick up the ones you want and avoid walking over the ones you don?t.
Like with the weapons, when you kill alien bugs, they will drop bonus items as well. You walk over them to pick up the bonuses and they take effect as soon as you pick them up. The variety of bonus items in Crimsonworld is quite large, including fire bullets, nuke, freeze, plasma ring, slow time, shields and many more. They don?t deal huge damage to enemies or last that long, but they come in very handy when you are surrounded by alien bugs and can?t shoot your gun fast enough. These bonus items add a lot more fun to the gameplay.
Any veteran of dual stick shooter games will tell you that the game controls make or break a game. Crimsonworld doesn?t disappoint in that department. There are two controls modes actually in the game: one is the conventional dual stick shooter control with one button moving your hero and another aiming and firing; and another one is using AI to control the aiming and firing, and you only do the moving. The conventional control feels smooth and precise which helps with discovering different types of weapons, and veterans of the genre should feel right at home with this control scheme. The AI controls are designed for novice and beginners of the genre. It takes the aiming and shooting out of your hands, and does it very effectively most of the time. Since the dual stick control buttons disappear in this mode, you use the accelerometer to control the movement. The accelerometer control is responsive.
Graphics & Sound
The graphics in Crimsonworld have a realistic look to them. The game?s 25 locations look different in colors, background alien carnage and vegetation, but none takes your attention away from the onslaughts of alien bugs. There are different types of aliens, most of them look like different shapes of bugs, and they look yucky enough that you just want to squash them. The coolest things you will see in the game are perhaps the weapons and bonus items, and the special effects they trigger. Each of them has different animation and it?s worth all the time you spend unlocking them just see what it looks like. The in-game UI looks clean and effective also.
Crimsonworld has a fitting hard rock music tracks to company the sound of machine guns and bug crushing. You can turn on or off the music but there is no in-game iPod music support. The game has sound effects too, mostly the bug crushing sound and weapon and bonus items exploding sound.
Crimsonworld is an uncomplicated dual stick shooter that lets you jump right into the action. Three gameplay modes give you the flexibility on how much time you have to spend on the game. Controls work smoothly and accurately, and the AI control design will pleased the novice and casual players who don?t like dual stick controls. Weapons are fun to use and bonus items have cool effects. All in all, this is a nice dual stick shooter for the fan of the genre or if you just want to pick up something to kill a few minutes.
Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):
Graphics: - 4.5 - No super fancy graphics, but effective. Sound: - 4 - Soundtrack fits the theme well, sound FX is good. No iPod music support. Controls: - 5 - Two control styles, both work very well. Gameplay: - 4.5 - Fun gameplay in three modes. It would have been fun to have a nuke/bomb function when you need it.
Playing Hints and Tips:
- It?s important to play Quest mode as much as you can to unlock goodies. - Almost all bonus items dropped on the ground are worth picking up. - Keep move to avoid taking on too much damage.
This looks nice and Gameprom is a respected company but I find it odd that they've gone and essentially made an iPhone version of 10tons famous PC game Crimsonland.
10tons had long promised that they'd EVENTUALLY get around to porting Crimsonland to the iPhone but, screw it, if they were going to just sit on the license this long it is about time somebody beat them to the punch, I guess.