Reviewed: November 15, 2010
Released: October 30 2010
App Store Price: $1.99
Shoot to Kill HD was released a couple of weeks ago just in time for Halloween, but we only just now got our chance to explore this action-packed descent into hell. Start flexing those index fingers because you are going to be tapping out some major destruction as you battle the forces of hell in this non-stop shooter that combine insane firepower with fiendish opponents.|
Think back to the days of Robotron. Now imagine if you had to play that game but you couldn’t move. That’s right – you’re standing in the middle of a rushing hoard of baddies and all you can do is pivot in place. Well, that is the concept behind Shoot to Kill, a game that puts you in the center of a not-so-protective pentagram and has you facing off against wave after wave of assorted demons.
You’ll have a growing assortment of firearms that can be boosted in power and effectiveness, but you can be sure the demons will rise up alongside in perfect balance. To kill a demon you simply tap it to fire. Some demons require multiple shots, thus multiple taps. Once you learn the count you can start tapping out the demons with an almost rhythmic precision, which will conserve ammo and help your score. Icons allow you to reload during a lull in the action or invoke special attack powers required to defeat some demons. To heal, simply face the beam of light.
The graphics are as exceptional as they are sinister with plenty of horrific demons, evil background designs and plenty of religious symbolism guaranteed to offend conservative gamers (or their parents). The sound is equally as disturbing with powerful gun effects, splatters, and demonic groans. The music is heavy metal mixed with an environmental NiN vibe not unlike the DOOM games.
There is plenty of game content with the core Escape From Hell mode, a Survival Mode and even a Multiplayer mode, as well as Achievements for both modes and even Facebook connectivity so you can share your experiences and progress online.
Shoot to Kill is simple to learn, difficult to win, and impossible to put down. The fast-paced shooting action and cool visual designs, plus the addictive nature of weapon upgrades and level progression make this game a wickedly fun, guilty pleasure that will have you coming back for more, assuming you can ever stop playing in the first place.