Operation Wow! Welcome to a Pulse Pounding, Finger Tapping, War Zone!

Reviewed By: Phil Charlton

Operation wow - Ivanovich Games


Price: $1.99

Get ready for intense warfare action with the first multi-touch shooter for the iPhone, Operation Wow, a game that is based on an arcade legend from 25 years ago.

For anyone that remembers the original arcade game Operation Wolf, the plot of Operation Wow is fairly straightforward: get from the start of the level to the end by shooting everything that moves, with the exception of the occasional civilian that decides to run across the screen.

This side-scrolling 2D shooter is one of the first games available on the iPhone that supports multi-touch, which allows players to tap in multiple locations on the screen to shoot the enemy. This creates the ability to utilize the entire screen for gameplay and develop killer combos!

These features also allow the game to behave in the same way as the original arcade version and at the more difficult settings make the action so much more frantic and exciting.

Games Design:

The Operation Wow! iPhone game is so true to the original arcade classic it has to be seen to be believed. When you consider the size of an iPhone screen and the limitations that come with building games to suit it the whole design of Operation Wow is truly spectacular. Even on the easiest level the game pushes your abilities to their absolute limit and as the levels get harder you find yourself tapping the screen like mad in a desperate attempt to keep yourself alive.

The mini-games are well designed and look to have been put there to help relax and bring your pulse back down in between playing the main game, which is something you may need to do with increasing regularity in the more difficult stages of the game.

Entertainment Factor:

As far as I’m concerned, this iPhone app is one of the most pulse-pounding, non-stop, fast action games I have ever played on the iPhone. In places this game is incredibly frustrating but then so was the original arcade version and I think that if you’re paying for a game you want a game that gives you good value for money, which this game definitely will do.

Fear not iPad game fans as Operation Wow! offers a HD version specifically for you! The price is $2.99 and you can download the full version at this iTunes Link.


I’ve played loads of different games on the iPhone, including hugely popular titles like Angry Birds, Legends and many more, but nothing I have played so far is so much fun from the moment you pick it up to the moment you put it down. The main reason for giving this app such a high rating is because of the immense amount of work that went into making a game so similar to the original in terms of both content and gameplay.

Operation Wow!  [ iTunes Link ] requires iOS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Operation Wow! iPhone Video Demo


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One Response to “Operation Wow! Welcome to a Pulse Pounding, Finger Tapping, War Zone!”

  1. sunnylovey says:

    Great game,just want to have a try!

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