App Review: Eliminate Pro by ngmoco:) inc. [updated]
If you are a fan of Doom, Quake or any of the other FPS (first person shooter) games out there then you’ll love Eliminate Pro by ngmoco:) inc. The game has awesome graphics and great game play, but it’s not all rosey with this free game.I’ve been playing Eliminate now for a few days and so far I’m impressed. Out of the box (err, right after launch) you setup an account (required since this is a multiplayer online game). After your account is setup you can select to play, gear up or adjust options. Selecting play gives you the option to play in a global match “World,” a private match “Friends,” or offline practice “Bots.” Selecting bots means you can play without using up any of your power cells and in this game, you’ll want to practice without using them because getting more will cost you dearly.
Gameplay reminds me of Unreal Tournament that was popular on the PC a few years back. The 3D graphics are impressive and probably some of the best for a FPS game that we’ve seen. However, the controls can be difficult and combersome to use. Out of the box I found the controls to be easy to pick up and learn, but when it came to mattering (dodging bullets or aiming) they didn’t leave much to be desired. Moving your player is easy and you use a virtual joystick on the left side of the screen. Aiming and looking is where it becomes harder and awkward.
To aim, look and shoot you use the right side of the screen and slide your finger in the direction you want to look. This can actually be very slow and cumbersome to do, especially if you’re in a hurry and you have to slide your finger multiple times to look behind you. Shooting is done by tapping the screen. However, if you have to tap and turn (look) at the same time… well, forget that. Tapping in the center of the screen (on the cross hairs) zooms you in on your target (a la Unreal sniper riffle). Then tap again to fire, oh wait then it zooms out. Tap again to zoom… you get the picture.
As I previously mentioned, gameplay reminds me of Unreal Tournament and I was excited to be back in that environment. If it wasn’t for the difficult looking and shooting aspect then gameplay would be a real winner. However, there’s another gotcha that players of Eliminate will run into. You are initially given 30 power cells to use to play. Power cells deplete as you recharge your players energy. Each time I’ve played recharging my player has taken between 8 and 10 power cells to recharge. Now that I’m at zero cells there’s only two ways to get more: buy them via an in app purchase or wait for 4 HOURS for them to auto-recharge. So, for $0.99 you can buy 20 cells, for $29.99 you can buy 975 power cells. So you have to pay to continue to charge your player – or wait an inordinate amount of time to do so.
Eliminate Pro by ngmoco has a lot going for it. Unfortunately it also has a lot against it. The cost of keeping your player fully charged will quickly become expensive, couple this and the awkward aim/look/shoot controls and I struggle to recommend this game. The good thing is that it is free to download and try it, so go ahead and give it a go. It’s possible that the things that I got hung up on will not bother you so much.
What we liked: Fantastic FPS game and graphics, reminds us of Unreal Tournament (good thing!).
What we didn’t like: Clunky controls to aim/shoot/fire, insane costs to recharge your player once the initial Power Cells have been depleted.
[Updated! Thanks to commenters and emails we adjusted the review slightly.]