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iPad Game Review: Minigore HD
      04/23/10 03:58 PM

iPad Game Review: Minigore HD
Reviewed by JadeDragon

Killing furry monsters on the iPhone and iPod touch was fun, but not as fun as on the iPad's larger screen, and John Gore knows it. After all that tiring battles and endless killing, Minigore HD brings John Gore and his army of natural born killers back for another tour of the dark forest and snowy mountain only to once again die of valiant deaths. Minigore veterans who played the game on the iPhone or the iPod touch should be no strangers to Minigore HD if you are fortunate enough to get an iPad: it's the same drill, just a bigger space to wield your machinegun. For those who are killing virgins, Minigore HD puts you in the world of Hardland where deadly Furries (that?s what they are called) run wild and eat anything in sight.

Gameplay

Minigore HD has a very similar gameplay as the iPhone?s non-HD version. The game drops your hero into one of the two locations (your choice) armed with a machinegun with endless ammo. Though he is walking into his death he?s set his mind on taking as many Furries as possible with him. Like the iPhone/iPod touch version, Minigore HD offers special weapon drops including shotguns and grenade launchers as well as the cloves that turn John Gore into wild stumping firry monster himself and mowed down the Furries like a lawnmower running over a grass field, until the clover power runs out.



The shotgun and grenade launchers are indeed temporary upgrades, and once you gain the full power of dual wielding, these weapons can thin out walls and walls black Furries in different sizes that you otherwise might have trouble dealing with. And like in the non-HD version, you get hit twice you are dead (or as Beatlejuice once said ?D.E.D, ded!?). Minigore HD offers two locations that are the same maps but with different surface, and night and day changes. Enemies are also very similar to the iPhone and iPod touch version with an addition of Predator Furries.

What makes the game more fun is the hero choices and their unique behaviors and voice dubbing. In addition to John Gore, you can play the game as Zombie Gore, Santa, Gangster Gore, Sway?s Ninja Man, Enviro ?Bear and more. Most of these characters are locked and you can spend your Kills on unlocking them. It?s a trip to find out what each character says and what they look like when they turn into flaming Minotaur. Most dialogues are similar from character to character, but once in a while you catch something funny like only Santa will say something like ?My fat will protect me?.

Minigore HD offers two forms of control: one is similar to the iPhone/iPod touch control that?s basically a dual stick set-up where the left virtual joystick moves the character while the right one shoots when you touch it; and another controls is guiding the character by touching anywhere on the screen and the shooting is automatic once enemies are within range (see our video demo for this method of control). We find that either control can become very effective once you?ve mastered it.

High scores and achievements are available locally and globally via Crystal online leaderboards.



Graphics & Sound

Graphics have been optimized for the iPad?s large display with higher resolution. And thanks to the larger screen, the game looks sharp and stunning. Visual FX like machinegun firing, grenade explosions and fireball-like creatures generate more eye-candy than on a smaller screen. Colors are saturated also, and the night and day changes look very pronounced. The graphics are truly enjoyable in Minigore HD.

Music and sound FX also stand out. The symphonic military-like BGM has a humorous tongue-in-cheek effect and doesn?t get boring. The sound FX compliments the gameplay. Voice over is a big part of the attraction for Minigore HD, and since each character has his own style and some with unique dialogue, it helps extend the gameplay while keeping it fresh.

Conclusion

For shooter gamers, Minigore HD presents a different kind of gameplay that fits portable gaming platform. The sharp graphics, smooth gameplay and excellent audio will earn the game good reputation and please its players. Of course if you are a Minigore iPhone/iPod touch vet, you don?t need any convincing. With two maps and 15 unique characters, the trips into the dark and scary forest or the airy snowy mountaintop are well worth the $5 admission fee is well worth. Question is, have you got what it takes to die like a hero?




Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):

Graphics: - 5 - Attractive, 3D and smooth.
Sound: - 5 - Excellent sound track, sound FX and amusing voice over.
Controls: - 4.5 - Two control schemes, both work well.
Gameplay: - 4.5 - Plenty of gameplay to unlock characters on two maps.

Playing Hints and Tips:

Gathering better weapons is almost always worth the trip because you will need them in later battles.

App Facts:
Publisher/Developer: Chillingo, Mountain Sheep
Release Date: April 1, 2010
Price: $4.99
Buy App: Minigore HD in iTunes

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