Aim for the Brain!
For three bucks, even you can tap police zombies to death.
If we spend $2.99 on an iPhone app, we expect it to deliver more than a bare bones experience. Yes, we live in a world where $59.99 console games are the norm, but with more and more iPhone games featuring multiplayer, online leaderboards and multiple levels, Westlake Interactive's Aim for the Brain! feels like a quick cash in from a developer that didn't have the gamer's best interests in mind. Is it fun? Sure, but it lacks some key components that would make it one of the phone's best.
Our love affair with zombies drove us to download it; that, and it popped up while searching for Zombie Invasion. It's essentially whack-a-mole with undead monsters, where the goal is to tap creatures as they appear to score points while at the same time avoiding innocent civilians that get in the way (kill too many of them, and it's game over). You have 60 seconds of worth of blasting per level, allowing you to best your score on each board, as well as three difficulty levels.
Westlake did an excellent job with the visuals. You'll tap zombie basketball players, zombie clowns and even zombie rock stars, all of which sport beautiful detail. You also get three backgrounds (The Cemetary, The Alleyway and The Hospital), and they too, look attractive, with an eerie moon, gravestones and overturned hospital beds.
So here's the problem. As a video game, Aim for the Head! is a fun time, not something you'll play for hours, but worth pulling out to score your daily fix. That said, there's not enough here to justify burning $3. You only get three backgrounds, the zombies cannot hurt you (despite the ad warning us to "beware the dreaded super zombies") and there are no online leaderboards to speak of. That last complaint is a killer, because being able to compare our scores with the rest of the world would have made a huge difference.
We're also disappointed with the gore. For a game that features the option to turn blood on and off, its developers failed to deliver. All you get is a little red splotch that quickly disappears after tapping a zombie's head. That's lame.
Like most iPhone apps, Westlake can always tweak its game and add more environments and leaderboards. For now, however, Aim for the Head!'s price is too steep considering its lack of features, especially when compared to cheaper apps that have lots of levels and leaderboards. It's fun for a few minutes, but we recommend waiting for a price drop and/or an update. If the developers shove more content into the game, we'll gladly amend this review.
What's Hot: Classic whack-a-mole gameplay, well drawn characters and environments.
What's Not: Only three backgrounds, the gore is lame, no online leaderboards, zombies cannot hurt you, costs a whopping (yeah, we said it) $3.