Game Review: Battle Blasters For iPhone

Battle Blasters delivers a futuristic arena style game that pits two fighters against each other in a battle to the death!

Battle Blasters by Little Guy Games Inc

Features 1.5/2

Battle Blasters comes with a variety of game modes, one of which is a great campaign mode with three difficulty levels. The game is an arena style fighter game and if you’re not sure what that is, just think Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter.

The second game mode is an amusing, but awkward, multiplayer featuring one vs. one battles with friends on one iPhone or one iPod Touch. This game play set up, playing on one device, can get rather awkward since there is not a whole lot of maneuvering room when two people are using one device.

When I first saw that the game included multiplayer, I had hoped for a Bluetooth/WiFi device-to-device battle setup, but alas it was not. So while single device playing works, it is not perfect.

The third game mode is a Quickplay mode that allows users to battle against any of the six characters featured in the game. This is a great mode to practice with the various characters or just to get a hang of the game. To begin, players have two game characters to choose from and the remaining can be unlocked.

Each of the six characters have unique fighting styles, abilities and super weapons, so once all of the characters are unlocked, the Quickplay mode comes in handy for practice.

For those of us who are competitive, the game includes Facebook integration for online leaderboards but I was disappointed at the lack of other score tracking options such as OpenFeint (where I have a killer record).

Controls & Navigation 1.5/2

During a battle, the game controls make use of the bottom of screen where players may move left and right. The far left side of the screen is reserved for health and vitals. Finger gestures such as swiping left, right, up or down allow players to move their character left or right, fire weapons, and use defenses.

The controls are fairly easy to use but I found difficultly in dodging enemy shots with the swipe controls, but I suspect that to be more of a personal thing than a game mechanic issue.

Overall navigation of the app is clean with four simple menu items and an included tutorial, of which I found to be very helpful.

Sounds & Visuals 1/1

Battle Blasters includes a great set of original sound and music. The sounds of the game work very well in immersing the player into the environment, especially with the sound effects from various game items.

The game also includes all original artwork which was one of the main points of Battle Blasters that really impressed me. There is a specific amount of detail to the game characters and it goes a long way to make the game great.

Battle Blasters is scored a 4 out of 5.

Battle Blasters is available on the iTunes App Store for $2.99.