TheLastWarE3: Blasting Action at its Finest

Price: $0.99

TheLastWarE3: Written and Video iPad App Review

TheLastWarE3 for iPad

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

The fact that we’ve been seeing so many arcade games is hardly a downside here at the iPhone App Review. In fact, we could’t be more tickled pink about it. As such, we’re quite pleased to introduce you today to a new, blast-em-to-get-past-em title called TheLastWarE3 by developer AhHoh. The app thoroughly scratches that itch we’ve had for some real bang-up arcade shooting madness—and then some. And for our full review of the title, you need only to slide on down below the break.

Concept and Gameplay

The core idea behind the app goes something like this: You’ll be piloting a spaceship that needs to be directed from one end of the level to the other. Along the way, you’ll encounter baddies of various sorts. Shoot them as much as you bloody can, using whatever weapons and powerups you happen to pick up along the way.

It’s a classic concept to be sure, and it’s one that we enjoy more than we can say. Furthermore, TheLastWarE3 preserves everything that we like about side scrolling arcade shooters as a whole. It’s got an endless stream of weapon-enhancing collectibles dropped by bad guys. It’s got bosses at the end of each stage for us to slave over. It’s even got a joy-stick based control scheme that hits us right where we leave. Even the variety in ships (there are five of them) allows us to fully explore our arcade meekness with no stones left uncovered. All in all, TheLastWarE3 is a straightforward, simplistic and all-out arcade blaster. And at the end of the day, we’re completely fine with this.

Graphics and Design

TheLastWarE3 for iPad

TheLastWarE3 for iPad

Part of the reason for this is the fact that the game looks so darn good: It’s got all the hallmarks of the arcade games from yesteryear. Here you’ll find massive explosions, stunning cell-shaded backgrounds, a variety of enemies to shoot out of the skies, and a joystick control scheme. On the subject of the latter, the controls work flawlessly. In fact, you’ll hardly notice them, which is as it should be. To add to the mix, we also thoroughly enjoyed the epic boss fights that are contained at the end of each course. We liked the break from monotony, and we also appreciated the sheer grandeur of the setup. All in all, it’s obvious that TheLastWarE3 has been given some thought, and the end result has a keen professional polish.

Overall Value

The price tag associated with TheLastWarE3 isn’t bad either. The app will cost you only a buck in the App Store. For that money, you’ll get a mountain of arcade gaming, as well as hours of fun. If you’re into this sort of title for the iPad or iPhone, we promise you’ll find quite a lot to love here. TheLastWarE3 is a space-age powerhouse, and comes highly recommended.

TheLastWarE3TheLastWarE3 requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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