Trigger Fist Review
- Unique simplified control system; locked camera controls, swipe to crouch/stand, responsive buttons for intuitive play.
- Offline AI to keep you playing whether or not you have an internet connection.
- 'Pay to Win'; IAP to advance your unlocks to gain an advantage.
- Lacks custom server/map options; limited to the strict modes on offer.
Trigger Fist places a focus on simplicity, pulling back on the controls, the detail and the content to create a laser-like focused experience that competes directly with the big-boys of the genre.
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It's a surprise more effort hasn't been placed in to creating the next-best multiplayer shooter for mobile and handheld devices, especially considering their popularity on the PC and Console. Titles such as Modern Combat have gone a long way in picking up the slack, but now and then you crave something simpler; something more immediate, and Trigger Fist by Lake Effect Applications fills this niche perfectly.
First impressions matter and it's not hard to get a classic Counter Strike type vibe from the simple models and environments - for fans of shooters it's a great start. Of course once you put your hands on the screen and attempt to move around, you realize the game is even simpler than that - your camera is locked over the shoulder of your character and can only be moved left or right, minimizing the effect of headshots on the gameplay. This is a game that wants you to jump in and fire away as soon as possible.
Players can choose between three basic load-outs, each with their own unique unlockables including new weapons and perks. You'll want to explore all of these options in order to compliment your team composition and game mode. Aside from the obligatory Free For All, Team Deathmatch and King of the Hill modes, Trigger Fist includes Sacred Goat, an amusing spin on Capture the Flag.
Instead of worrying about needing to include a campaign mode, Trigger Fist keeps itself lean by focusing on the multiplayer and providing AI opponents for those who can't get online. When you do get online though, the experience is silky smooth, though spawn points on some maps and modes do feel poorly considered.
If there's one glaring problem it's the idea of 'Pay to Win' - despite already having paid to play, those who wish to skip the unlock process can do so by pumping in more cash, giving a distinct edge over other players. That said, those used to the perk-system in shooters should also be used to the generally asymmetrical nature of some match-ups, but it would have been better if premium payments went towards aesthetic changes instead.
If you find yourself in the market for a slick, lean and incredibly fun shooter, Trigger Fist manages to deliver.
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Forged in the minds of battle-hardened gamers, Trigger Fist delivers precisely what you want in the shooter experience. Fluid controls coupled with exceptional gameplay.
"What's Hot" - iTunes App Store (Dec 2012)
"What We're Playing" - iTunes App Store (Aug 2012)
"New and Noteworthy" - iTunes App Store (Aug 2012)
"Finally, a Shooter Tailor Made for Mobile" - TouchArcade (4.5/5)
"Any doubt that I could enjoy a third-person shooter with nothing more than a touch screen has been completely removed. I’m a believer." - 148Apps (4.5/5)
"It's tough, brutal, and entices you back to your feet after every kill with the promise of swift and delicious revenge. This isn't a console shooter - it's an iOS shooter, and it's bloody marvelous." - Pocket Gamer UK (9/10) "Gold Award"
"Trigger Fist is beautifully designed, bringing you head-to-head with AI or actual combatants in an addictive shoot-out that gets better the more you play." - SlideToPlay (4/4) "Must Have"
"…slick, lean and incredibly fun…" - App Spy (4/5)
"Trigger Fist is a revolutionary step in mobile gaming. With spectacular visual presentation, grandiose game mechanics and perfect controls. Trigger Fist is without doubt, the best Third-Person Shooter in the App Store and one of the most impressive surprises in 2012!" - iReviewT.com (5/5) "Editor's Choice Award"
Dominate your friends in intense modern day firefights across six unique environments in four multiplayer modes. Scratch your shooter itch on the go with Free-for-All, Team Deathmatch, King of the Hill, and Sacred Goat -- a team based scenario with the objective of carrying a disgruntled goat around the battlefield for the maximum amount of time.
Experience hours of challenging fun as you compete online with other gamers across the globe through Game Center Matchmaking and Online Leaderboards. Unlock numerous new weapons, skins, and perks as you progress through the ranks. Offline? No Problem. Highly sophisticated AI will find cover, camp around objectives, and work with you as you battle for supremacy. Trigger Fist is equally enjoyable online and off.
If you are a fan of the shooter genre, it is time to see how good touch screen shooters can be. With Trigger Fist, everyone who has an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch will find something to love.
Universal App: Trigger Fist is compatible with iPod touch 3rd generation (32GB and 64GB models only), iPod touch 4th generation, iPod touch 5th generation, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, all full size iPads and the iPad Mini.
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What's New in Version 1.11Expansion Pack now available!!!
+ Two new maps (Rail Yard & Rooftops)
+ Character Customization
+ Over 18,000 Player Skin Combinations!
+ Weapon Customization
+ Over 400 Weapon Skin Variations!
+ Unlockable Chrome and Gold Guns
+ Exclusive Achievement Awards
+ Increased SCAR-H damage
+ Increased Beowulf .50 cal damage to enhance its one shot killing potential
+ Improved dynamic lighting on characters and guns for devices that support it
(Version 1.11 Update)
+ Minor bug fixes