Crossbow-3D: iPhone App Written Review
If you have a steady hand and a superb sense of aim playing Crossbow-3D is going to be a snap. This precision shooter from Amba Systems tests your skill with a medieval weapon as an out of control swarm of balloons threatens to take over the sky at Naradomad National Park. Think you’re up to the challenge?
To combat the onslaught of bright balloons, you will cock, aim and release arrows with the utmost care. Crossbow-3D is definitely a game of skill. Don’t let the peaceful green hillside and cheerful balloons fool you. Naturally you have a limited number of arrows, and if you miss too many times the game is over.
It’s definitely a refreshing twist on modern target shooting games. Not only are the interfering balloons on the rise, there are boosts dropped in via parachute. Shoot ice blocks to freeze those pesky air bags where they fly.Hit quivers to collect additional arrows and bombs to clear the screen. Take out an eraser to reset your missed shot calculator or a turtle to slow the balloons. The mystery packages release random results.
The boosts and Game Center integration keep this game from falling flat. It’s a great pick up style game. We were a little frustrated that the app does not save your progress. So even if you’ve earned your way to level six, you must start at the beginning each time.
Never fear, the balloons appear in randomized patterns, so each time you play the game is a little different. It’s also a bit challenging to master, especially with balloons careening across the skies in all directions. So despite a simple gaming idea, Crossbow-3D earns a spot on our iPhone for future fun.
Layout & Design:
Since there’s really only one game mode and one scene in this game, there’s a lot of stuff crammed into one screen. On the right side is the load mechanism. To the left there’s the aiming control pad. The center of the screen is dominated by the actual crossbow while the firing mechanism is tucked on the right. When you add in two rows of scoring info, an advertisement bar, a volume key and a directional reset button, it’s a bit much, resulting in a crowded game space.
The balloons do appear in a pleasant variety, but the game scene is almost too simple, especially since it never changes. There’s a help screen, but it’s as busy as the actual game and doesn’t give step by step help instructions at all, just a general definition of each on screen item. While there isn’t anything horribly wrong with the game’s design, it could use some streamlined improvement.
At the end of the day, Crossbow-3D is simple game that functions correctly. And the price is right on target. So if you love target shooting, have a thing for ancient weapons or just want to burst balloons to relieve stress after a long holiday weekend with family, this is the app for you
Crossbow-3D iPhone app requires iOS 5.0 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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