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Trigger Fist Review

By , on August 13, 2012

Trigger Fist
Download on the AppStore
4 out of 5


  • 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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