The Lone Ranger
Most movie-licensed games are casual in nature. Iron Man 3 and Despicable Me 2 both received free-runners, for example. With The Lone Ranger, Disney went for a role-playing style experience as you attempt to clean up a crime wave in Colby Texas with help from the masked man himself.
While the gameplay presents something new, that doesn't necessarily make it fun. Instead of relying on action, The Lone Ranger presents role-playing style activities as you complete a handful of tasks, from shooting up thugs to bringing a stagecoach driver back to health. Instead of directly controlling the hero, you simply tap the screen.
There are moments when you use a six-shooter via tap-screen shooting mini-games and occasional duels, where you'll throw your finger down at just the right time - when a red bull's-eye appears on-screen - to put your adversary in the dirt. Unfortunately, these segments are few and far between, meaning you'll spend a good amount of time scrolling around town tapping to get things done.
The Lone Ranger is a "freemium" title, meaning you don't pay anything to download it. That said, there will be moments when you run out of your most valuable currency - in this case silver coins - and either have to fess up a few dollars to keep going or wait at least an hour for your funds to refill. While this is typical for this type of experience, it's a shame that the game comes to a halt because of it.
Disney's mobile team did a pretty good job with the in-game graphics, as the town includes a saloon, city hall and other locations. However, the developers came up short with character design. They walk around awkwardly, and some facial models are so plastered-on you almost expect the guy wearing Tom Wilkinson's face to peel it off Scooby Doo style and reveal someone else. The in-game audio also falls short, as there's barely any music from the film. Most of the time you're just listening to sound effects.
For people who can't get enough of the movie, The Lone Ranger is worth a quick look. Just don't expect to stick around for too long. The repetitive gameplay and lack of excitement don't do this Ranger any favors.
What's Hot:Interesting approach compared to most movie-licensed fare, graphics are pretty good in spots.
What's Not:Tap-screen activities may have players feeling uninvolved, not enough shoot-out segments, poor and awkward character models, you'll need to stop when you run out of currency and either pay up or wait for the game to provide more, no music taken from the film.