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Heavy Crossbow Review

By , on September 29, 2009

Heavy Crossbow
2 out of 5


  • Decent upgrade menu and options.
  • Simple control scheme.
  • Load game option to continue if you failed a level.


  • The crossbow has ‘blind spots’ and cannot fire directly down, meaning once enemies pass a certain point you cannot shoot them.
  • Enemies are hard to see because of the background colour.
  • Players will need to buy certain upgrades early on, player's upgrade freedom is limited.


While there’s some decent gameplay in Heavy Crossbow, the game is not without its somewhat frustrating issues. The game may be worth the current price depending on your love of bow shooting games.

  • Full Review

Heavy Crossbow is a bow shooting game for the iPhone. Players have crashed landed into a fierce jungle and must defend themselves against enemies using a large crossbow they have found on a temple until rescued. You must also purchase upgrades and different ammo types in order to keep up with the increasing enemy count.

Players control their crossbow by adjusting the angle of the shot using the slider on the crossbow and control the shot power by dragging the lever at the bottom of the screen. You will need to constantly use both sliders to kill the incoming enemies and adjust for different distances.

The visuals are good but enemies can get lost in the background as they share similar dark colours. The sound is restricted to sound effects only and players are unable to use their iPod during gameplay. The game is single player only with one main game mode and no online leaderboard options.

Heavy Crossbow is a solid game but seems to be quite limited in certain aspects. While the upgrade menu is varied, players pretty much have to buy explosive rounds in order to cope with hoards of enemies. Also players cannot shoot enemies once they are underneath the line of fire. While this can be justified as a more realistic approach, just how realistic is it to be swarmed by strange flying monsters on a jungle temple? While these issues may give you some minor frustrations, the game might be worth a look at if you enjoy this genre.