Welcome to the gun show.
Craneball Studios' Overkill is a virtual shooting gallery for iPhone and iPad, set in a war torn hellhole. Although it's a first person shooter, you don't maneuver the character directly. Instead, you guide a semi transparent weapon around one of four static locations and tap the screen to fire.
Targets include a variety of soldiers that slide into view. When a bad guy stops moving, a timer appears in front of his body, letting you know how long it'll be until he retaliates. Bad guys come in progressively difficult waves, and you'll need a fast finger and a bit of patience to line up evildoers and score head and body shots.
The longer you survive, the more cash and XP you earn. The former lets you purchase more ammo as well as weapons, of which, there are 12. That said, gun nuts will love the selection, a list that includes the AK-47, M4, HK 417, MG4 and the SCAR. Even better, the game has a variety of scopes, stocks, expanded cartridges, barrels and other upgrades that allow you to customize the weapon of choice.
Meanwhile, ranking up grants you access to new levels and Overkill Medals (OM), otherwise known as the game's currency. Since this is a free download, the developers attempt to make a profit through temptation, giving you the chance to access better equipment right away instead of earning it through hours of play.
On that note, Craneball Studios' came up with other ways to score some OM, like sharing Overkill with a friend via email and Facebook. Otherwise, it'll be a long time until you can afford the more high-powered guns.
Level grinding will ultimately turn some players off, but we suggest sticking with it, simply because Overkill's a good time. Nine leaderboards let you compete against the world, while 84 different achievements will inspire you to go for one final kill. The game definitely has that "one more time" feel, and things pick up once you add a sweeter gun to the arsenal.
It's certainly not the prettiest game, nor is it the most original (some enemies bear a striking resemblance to the Helghast from Killzone), but Overkill has enough content to keep you blasting away for weeks. The fact that it has 30 ranks (from private to general) sweetens the deal.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.
What's Hot: Free to download, a variety of weapons and upgrades, nine leaderboards, enjoyable shooting, 84 achievements, universal App.
What's Not: Will take a while to unlock the cool weapons, some drab looking graphics.