Though certainly not new, first person shooters tend to be hit and miss (pun intended) on the iPhone. A tiny screen, coupled with cramped HUDs and enemies that appear as mere specks usually causes frustration among players who are just looking for a good shoot ’em up game.
With its Wild West theme and variety of features, Mini Showdown is a refreshingly fun and entertaining game to play.
Concept and Gameplay:
Mini Showdown can be described as a fast-paced adrenaline rush. Matches against enemy players usually last for less than a minute depending on how fast the two of you can aim and tap the screen.
Unlike other FPS games, the cute western theme and great graphics means this one is very easy on the eyes and truly enjoyable to play.
Players who are just starting out with Mini Showdown will be taken through an in-depth tutorial which will not only guide them through gameplay, but also through the game’s menu and the different features it offers.
To play, simply visit the arena and wait to be matched up with an opponent. Once you’re in a match, you’ll need to tilt your iPhone from side to side in order to aim and tap to shoot. The goal is to take your opponent out before they get you, so aim well!
Mini Showdown definitely surprised me as far as how enjoyable gameplay is. There’s definitely a duel feeling to the game, and I love how matches are quick. Players can even complete daily activities that’ll put their skills to the test against others.
Regarding the arena, my only gripe is that matches tend to be very uneven and don’t seem to be based on level or skill, meaning you can be matched up with someone who can take you out in two shots when all you can afford is a revolver that does about as much damage as a BB gun.
Mini Shootout includes a wide variety of guns that are unlocked as you play and gain levels. You can also purchase appearance items for your character with coins earned from duels.
There are even props you can buy such as dynamite. Even though the shop is a nice feature, you can’t really purchase anything until you reach level 5. That means a lot of duels won because experience points aren’t awarded for lost duels.
While the gameplay style is very unique, it’s also very irritating. I found the tilt-to-aim feature to be inconsistent, sometimes it worked just fine, at other times it was very sensitive and other times failed to respond to the movement of the phone.
This can lead to lost duels and quite a bit of frustration, which is why I definitely recommend a better way of calibrating the device before gameplay.
Mini Showdown is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. While there are still a few things that need tweaking, it’s still a great concept and a game that’s sure to be a hit.
Mini Showdown requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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