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Review: Puppet War:FPS for the iPhone

The first thing that jumps out at you about Puppet War:FPS is the graphics.  The amount of detail in this game, especially the animations, is quite remarkable when you remember that you ‘re playing on a mobile device.  This really isn ‘t far off from PSP quality.

But the best graphics in the world don ‘t mean anything if the gameplay doesn ‘t draw you in.  It definitely talks the talk, but does it walk the walk?

Yes, somewhat.

The gameplay itself is very fun.  It has a fun enough concept – you play a janitor who is stuck in a TV studio where evil puppets are trying to attack – that you get drawn in quite easily.  The game controls as well as an FPS can on the iPhone.  There is a joystick in the lower left corner of the screen, and the fire/action button in the lower right corner.  Tapping on the weapon icon in the top right corner will switch to your other weapon (you get two at a time – one firearm and one melee).

One downside is that there is only one map.  There are different levels that feature puppets with more abilities and better weapons, but they are all played on the same stage.  The developers have promised an update with more maps in the future, so it will only get better.

The weapons are also fun and zany.  When you ‘re busy mowing down evil puppets, you can choose from things like a mop, a crossbow with a plunger, and a handgun.  The game is so off-the-wall that you can ‘t help but crack a smile while you ‘re playing.

If the gameplay is missing one thing, it ‘s some type of HUD.  Yes, the map is quite small and is really just a square area with some decorations spread throughout, but it did get annoying having to constantly spin around 360 degrees to see what directions the puppets were coming from.  This is by no means a deal breaker, but it is worth noting.

Even if the game was going to stay with just one map and did not have future updates promised, I would still recommend it, despite it being relatively shallow right now.  But with the promise of more puppets, more maps, and more weapons, this game is a home run.  The graphics and animations are some of the best I ‘ve seen yet from the App Store, and keep in mind that this game was not even developed with iOS 4 or the new retina display in mind.

But still, it ‘s very impressive.  I highly recommend that you check it out.

Puppet War:FPS is available now in the App Store.  It ‘s 30% off right now for the price of $1.99.

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