iDracula: Undead Awakening
Give Dracula the business in this awesome looking 2-D shooter.
You won't find a better looking 2-D iPhone game than iDracula: Undead Awakening. Chillingo's top down 2-D shooter casts you as a vampire hunter out to stop Dracula and his legions of monsters from running amok. Armed with a plethora of cool weapons, you'll mow down werewolves, ghosts and in a weird twist, tiny robots. Beautiful, addictive and just plain fun, this game's a steal at .99.
Undead Awakening comes with two modes, Survival and Rush. The former (the heart of the game) tasks you with killing as many monsters as possible to achieve a high score. You begin with a pistol and after a short while, eventually upgrade to a hunting rifle, a crossbow, grenade launcher, Gatling gun and what appears to be a rocket launcher. In addition, downed monsters leave behind valuable health vials and over time, you're able to acquire perks that boost the character's stats, allowing you to do such things as cause more damage or walk faster.
In Rush, you receive a Gatling gun with unlimited ammo and take on hundreds of werewolves at a time. While not as deep as Survival, this is a great way to hop into a game with a powerful weapon, especially when you don't have the time or patience to bother with upgrades. Since matches only last a few minutes, you'll happily replay Rush several times to beat your previous scores.
To play iDracula, you hold the iPhone horizontally and move/fire with the onscreen left and right wheels, respectively. While the controls work admirably, we found that it became difficult to maneuver the sweatier/warmer our thumbs became. Although we don't blame developer MoreGames Entertainment for this, it makes iDracula more frustrating than it should be.
We're also upset at the lack of an online leaderboard. For a game primarily based on points, it would have made sense for the designers to allow us to compare scores with the rest of the world.
Aside from the frenzied shooting, iDracula's best feature is its graphics and the developers' ability to throw scores of monsters on screen without sacrificing performance. The worn cobblestones, spooky lighting and superb character detail makes it one of the best looking mobile games we've seen.
With more levels on the way, there's no reason to avoid iDracula. Even without the promised additional content, it's one of the iPhone's best video games and a must buy.
What's Hot: Gothic-inspired 2-D graphics, tons of monsters, cool weapons, insane Rush mode, currently sells for .99, more content on the way.
What's Not: No online leaderboard to post high scores, sweaty thumbs make the game difficult to control.