Time Crisis Mobile
Time Crisis Mobile is a great way to kill time. AHAHAHA! Get it? Oh, shut up.
I'm a big fan of the Time Crisis games. I've been addicted since playing the very first one in arcades a few years back, all the way through last year's Time Crisis: Crisis Zone, complete with two GunCons in hand for maximum damage. Now there's a mobile phone edition, which is a bit curious considering that the game was born as a shooting game that puts an actual gun in your hand. But, surprise, it holds up reasonably well on the cell phone. Just make sure you don't make gun noises loud enough to distract the neighbors.
In the game, you take control of an agent of the VSSE as he tries to take back a compound seized by terrorists. Heading up the terrorist team is the wily (and seemingly unkillable) Wild Dog, who has a penchant for using heavy weapons against his opponents, especially if they're employed by the VSSE. The game takes place over three main levels in Story Mode, and also has several missions to complete in Crisis Mission, which have to be unlocked by traveling through the Story Mode.
The game surprisingly has some gameplay options that are both equally fun. The first involves you controlling a cursor on-screen, and it automatically firing at enemies for you. But my personal favorite has to be when the screen is divided up into nine sections, for each button of your cell phone, and you fire by hitting the coordinating number with the section of the screen. Either way, you can still duck to dodge bullets and reload, and sometimes you'll have to duck just to avoid a speck of incoming gunfire. Trust me, you'll want to keep that option handy.
The game features some very good graphics, a 3-D representation almost on par with the original PlayStation Time Crisis game. There are moments of chugging but they're very seldom, so the game moves smoothly overall. The music and sound effects are good, but you're best off playing one or the other separately. Try to mesh them together and you'll be working your phone overtime. And longevity isn't a problem- there's various Crisis Missions to complete, and different difficulty levels to defeat.
Time Crisis Mobile can't be fully recommended over its console efforts, due to the fact that the series was meant to be a shooting game and, in its nature, still is one. However, if you're stuck on a long business trip and have some stress-burning to do, or if you're a fanatic of the series like I am, there's plenty of Time to get this loaded up to play.
What's Hot: Translated well from the arcade series, and both control schemes are great.
What's Not: A bit short on Missions, and you don't get to hold a GunCon.