HeadshotsAlley: Written iPhone App Review
HeadshotsAlley by Gamewall is a fun app designed to provide iOS users with an old school shooter game. Simple 16-bit style graphics keep HeadshotsAlley well within its self-proclaimed “old school” category, but these simple graphics should be more than enough to keep the dedicated fan interested in playing HeadshotsAlley for a decent amount of time.
HeadshotsAlley really is reminiscent of old school arcade style shooting games. The graphics are perfectly in sync with such games, and this app even features a top ten leader’s score board online for the worldwide top scorers. However, it should be noted that HeadshotsAlley is just like its name suggests—a somewhat violent game and that its non-edited graphics may be considered a bit unpleasant for some iOS users. Controlling HeadshotsAlley is done through tapping the screen to take down opposing characters in the alleyway. As a whole, I was pleased with the simple way that HeadshotsAlley was played; it was easy to quickly learn and decently challenging. However because of its subject manner, as mentioned earlier, HeadshotsAlley will likely not be universally enjoyed by all gamers. Although some will no doubt find it just to their liking.
Appearance and Layout:
HeadshotsAlley starts out with an introductory video, which provides a quick storyline for the new user. The intro video also helps players learn how to play the basic features of the game as well. However, the overall rest of the appearance of HeadshotsAlley must evaluated within the intended presentation of the game itself. Specifically, the graphics for HeadshotsAlley are less than ideal for a non-free iOS app. However, these 16-bit style graphics are perfectly inline with the developer’s stated “old school feeling” to HeadshotsAlley. Therefore, while nothing too praiseworthy can be stated about the graphics of HeadshotsAlley, nothing too condemnatory can be stated either, since it appears that these low-key graphics are seemingly intentional. As for the rest of the layout of the app, things progress in a logical fashion. After the intro video, the rest game (actually shooting the opponents) begins.
This app currently sells for $0.99 through the iTunes store. This price is considered “normal” for an app of its type, but some users would probably argue that HeadshotsAlley should be offered as a free game instead. The graphics for this game are definitely simple, but the action features are certainly ample. Overall, the “value” of HeadshotsAlley really depends on what a particular user is looking for in a game of its price.
HeadshotsAlley iPhone app requires iOS 4.3 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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