First person mayhem.
Every game wants to be the next Angry Birds, and why wouldn't they? Just a fraction of those 200 million sales would do everyone just fine, thanks.
But as many as have tried to emulate Rovio's insidious formula, surprisingly few have even come close to making an impression. That hasn't blunted Armor Games' ambition to grab a few converts with its first-person take on the lob n' destroy genre.
Placing the game from the eyes of the aggressor, though, is a risky business, given that it actually manages to simplify gameplay that wasn't exactly renowned for being complicated. Instead of meddling with angle and power, you simply tap the area of the environment you wish to destroy, and wait for the resulting chaos to ensue.
Whether you're pelting rocks or oil or bombs, the result is the same: you're always on target, and that makes it fairly easy to replicate your path of destruction if you want to start over, not something that was easy to pull-off on Angry Birds.
Naturally, such a fundamental design choice makes it simple enough to barrel through dozens of stages in no time and feel like you're doing well. The chances are, mind you, you're merely doing enough to destroy all the soldiers, which doesn't necessarily equate to success, for success in Siege Hero means scooping the treasure chest.
To do this takes more care, and not only involves smashing up any residing treasure, but protecting innocents, and that tips it towards the realms of repeat play that Armor is clearly gunning for.
Whether this is wanton physics destruction befitting of a future phenomenon is debatable, though. It's almost too playable and satisfying for its own good, or in other words, not quite annoying enough to lure you back endlessly. Perhaps there really is only enough room for one game as annoying as Angry Birds.
Used under license from Eurogamer.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
What's Hot: Interesting take on the Angry Birds formula, lots of destruction, impressive physics.
What's Not: Too easy.