Red Gun Review for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad

By on Jan 17, 2011 at 9:53 am

Take a trip to the Wild West with an experienced gunman called Red Stanton, otherwise known as Red Gun. Armed with just a Colt, you’ll have to roam through a dusty town, clearing area after area of hostile cowboys, who are all out for your blood. Can you survive and be the last one standing in Red Gun by Damatha Studios?

Review
Red Gun is a shooter on rails and a universal app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. As Red Stanton, aka Red Gun, you’ll have to rise out from cover to shoot gunman after gunman, and at the same time, avoid getting shot. To succeed, you’ll need to be quick with your hands and eyes.

Red Gun has smooth gesture-based controls that are easy to pick up. Shooting can’t be simpler. You only need to tap at your enemy. Of course, your old-fashioned gun carries only six bullets, so you’ll need to reload frequently, which you can automatically do by going back into cover with a swipe of your finger. Depending on the area, you may be given up to three ways of venturing out from your cover. This will be indicated by an icon on the screen. From a crouching, covered position, you can stand up to shoot or peek out from either the left or right by swiping your finger outward in the respective direction. To return to a covered position, you will just have to reverse the action.

The game offers five main campaign levels and three difficulty modes. This may not sound like much, but two additional mini-games provide two variations of an endless survival mode. The first of these mini-games, Crazy Horse, puts you up against a big building full of gunman. Bounty Madness is similar, except you won’t be able to hide behind cover, but to help you along you’ll have an unlimited supply of ammo, which eliminates the need to reload.

Game graphics are good, and the gameplay is solid for a rail shooter. I like how we’re given different directions to slip out from cover, and the swipe gesture commands are very intuitive. The various gunmen will be shooting intermittently as they pop back and forth from covered positions, so you’ll have to time your shots appropriately. Right now, the only shortcoming of Red Gun is its limited number of levels. Altogether, the game is good fun.

Tips
Don’t be afraid of regular gunfire, which won’t hurt you. When red circles radiate out from a gunman, however, it means he’s about the shoot you, and if you don’t hurry back into cover, you will take a hit. Your health is indicated by two cards. One of the cards will start to get bloody after you get injured, and further injury will reduce you to just a single card. You should then be especially careful, or you could lose your life.

Recommendation
Red Gun is well recommended to fans of rail shooters, and is currently available in the App Store for only $0.99. As a universal app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, the game is a great value buy.

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