Act of Fury: Kraine's Revenge
Unleash a category five beating in Darkwave Games' retro inspired effort.
Act of Fury: Kraine's Revenge is a bullet hell shooter mixed with Storm from the X-Men. In it, you play an angry dude named Kraine Severe, who suddenly realizes he can transform his body into a hurricane. Armed with this destructive power, the hero sets off through nine enemy filled levels in search of Dr. Osvald Pernicious, the diabolical evildoer and leader of the Doom Legion.
What makes this game both unique and enjoyable is the fact that you don't necessarily shoot bad guys as much as you run into them, harnessing the power of wind to lay a category five smack down on the opposition.
The more things you destroy (the list includes tanks, helicopters, gun turrets and relatively harmless structures), the more gems/orbs you collect. Complete a stage, and you have the option of leveling up and gaining access to different abilities.
That said, the computer does its best to make Kraine dead, unleashing a barrage of bullets that'll take serious skill to dodge in the later stages. Don't even think about playing on the toughest difficulty, Hell Mode. You'll croak within minutes.
With this in mind, Kraine's Revenge has a wonderful retro feel that harks back to the glory days of Super Nintendo and Genesis. We dig the concept and the 2D graphics. Seriously, the guy turns into a hurricane. That's great.
Unfortunately, the game doesn't expand to fit the iPad screen. You'll need to magnify it. What's more, it costs $1.99, and that's for a limited time. Two bucks and no universal support? We'd like to see an update that fixes this.
On that note, Act of Fury: Kraine's Revenge was a pleasant surprise. If you seek a challenge and love the concept of annihilating things with gale force winds, it's a solid purchase.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
What's Hot: Killing fools with hurricane power, detailed 2D graphics, multiple upgrades.
What's Not: No universal support.