We strongly suggest you download this game and "tank" us later.
Ethan Nicholas' enjoyable tank game, iShoot, debuted in the App Store October 19th and was quickly put on our wait and see list, thanks to several complaints and what seemed like an abnormally high $4.99 price. Thanks to numerous updates, a free "Lite" version and two dollar price drop, this entertaining app is currently the iPhone's most popular video game.
IShoot is a turn-based strategy game where you annihilate your opponents using 25 different weapons including mortars, dirt balls, stinger missiles, cluster bombs and tactical nukes. Before the game starts, you select number of players (one to four), rounds (up to 25) and difficulty. Then you use cash ($10,000 to start and additional monies from battles won) to purchase weapons. From there, you hit one of the game's random battle screens, a collection of fictitious, realistic (Mount Rushmore) and fully destructive locations. Hit a mountain and you'll rip a chunk out of that sucker. Take out the ground beneath your opponent and he or she will plummet to their doom.
Whatever you do, make sure that you don't waste a turn. In addition to adjusting for wind speed, you'll also need to monitor velocity. Overshoot your opponent (and fail to cause damage) and you risk extinction. This is especially dangerous during four-player skirmishes with a weapon that has a huge blast radius.
As much as we love this game, the lack of online play is a glaring omission. Having to pass someone's iPhone back and forth works all right, but we'd much rather keep other people's mitts off our stuff. We also have dreams of waking up in the morning and getting our tank on without calling our friends.
That issue aside, iShoot is a cool video game and a welcome addition to the iPhone's library. Three bucks still seems a bit high, but if Nicholas adds online deathmatching, this'll quickly become one of the iPhone's most thrilling apps and deserving of a coveted four-star rating.
What's Hot: Destructible environments, 25 unique weapons, four-player support, four difficulty levels, cool vibration effects.
What's Not: No music or online play.