- Intense 10 player FPS action.
- Beautifully detailed graphics and Retina Display support.
- Multi-region online matchmaking and 1v1 challenges.
- No leftie controls or alternate schemes.
- Limited gameplay modes.
Archetype isn't quite the full package as far as online multiplayer FPS titles go, but it's still one of the best and close enough to perfect you can almost taste it.
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First-person shooters (FPS) on the iPhone have been increasingly upping the ante for a while now and Archetype by Villain takes the game to a new level with its ultra-slick graphics and smooth multiplayer gameplay. Should you be up for the challenge you can join up to nine other people fragging away their opponents in an intense online team deathmatch arena.
Those familiar with other FPS titles will slip in to Archetype's default setup easily. Two analogue sticks control your movement and aiming, while firing is handled automatically for most weapons. Melee strikes and grenade throws are handled by touching other interface elements such as the map or a corner icon. Players can only handle two weapons at a time, so despite locating the switch button in the top corner it's rarely required for all but the most hardcore of players.
Visually Archetype is stunning even without a Retina Display, with a minimalistic interface that keeps the action front and center at all times. Most online matches are restricted to a maximum of 5 players per team, but servers are kept live for each international region to ensure match-making is quick and always packed. Sadly the only alternate modes are an offline tutorial and a 1v1 challenge mode with rankings only adjusting those you're matched with and seemingly nothing else.
For those after an intense multiplayer experience you could hardly go past Archetype. Well worth checking out for all fans of action titles and FPS' in particular.
DescriptionArchetype is celebrating its first anniversary with nearly 1.5 MILLION unique players and 100 MILLION frags—we thank all our players for making our game so successful!
Version 1.6 of Villain’s popular and critically acclaimed online FPS delivers new security measures to make the game fairer plus gameplay fixes, new game art, and new support tools.
The best fragging deal on iPhone includes 3 GAME MODES (Team Deathmatch, Free for All, Capture the Flag), a WHOPPING 19 LEVELS, new anti-cheating measures.
The reviews are in and critics agree: Archetype rules!
“Too often, I'm told that the iPhone cannot play hardcore games. The next time I hear this untruth, I am going to wave Archetype in front of the offender's face… Archetype is a great little multiplayer shooter.”
– IGN, 8.4/“Impressive” game score
“Archetype delivers one of the most robust, beautiful, and most importantly fun FPS experiences that can be had on the iPhone.” Touch Arcade
“The deathmatches are exciting, the controls are brilliant, and the graphics are excellent (they’re even optimized for iPhone 4)... Any way you slice it, if you like deathmatch-style first-person shooters, you’ll love Archetype.” – Slide To Play
“Keeps the 5-on-5 multiplayer action fast, frenzied, and remarkably good” –GamesRadar
“Archetype lives up to the hype.” – TUAW
Archetype delivers a high quality console-style FPS experience on iPhone or iPod touch. No gimmicks, just pure iPwnage.
• OPTIMIZED for iPHONE 4: Takes full advantage of Retina Display with HIGHER RESOLUTION weapons, textures, and crisper on-screen HUD. Headshots never looked so good!
• INTENSE MULTIPLAYER-ONLY DEATHMATCHES for up to 5 on 5 combat
• TEAM BATTLES ACROSS 19 MAPS with 7 WEAPONS (including the Battle and Precision Rifles, rapid-fire AutoMag, shotgun, missile launcher, brutal melee axe, and CTF flag weapon) plus 2 grenade types
• FULL GAME CENTER support with multiplayer matching, Achievements, and Leaderboards
• FREE FOR ALL (FFA) Mode and 6 FFA Levels including Gula FFA, Aqualock FFA, Vault FFA, Cobalt FFA, Orion FFA, Viridian FFA
• CAPTURE THE FLAG (CTF) Mode with 3 CTF levels including Crimson CTF, Avarice CTF, Aqualock CTF
• SHOTGUN ARENA and Missile Launcher Arena provide fun single-weapon blast zones
• NUMEROUS UPDATES Including IMPROVED FAIR PLAY Measures to Block Cheaters, New App Icon, and Bug Fixes
• PRECISE DUAL JOYSTICK-STYLE CONTROLS: Master the tight controls in seconds
• RANK UP IN SEASON 2: Start a new Archetype leaderboard season by earning EXP for winning games, and gaining medals—work your way to the top!
• TRACK ENEMIES via on-screen RADAR
• MELEE WITH ANY GUN by tapping the on-screen radar
• CUSTOMIZE your gameplay: Invert aim axis, set aim sensitivity, hide on-screen joysticks, even turn off auto-fire
• Hone your skills with two OFFLINE TUTORIAL modes
• iPWNAGE via Wi-Fi, 3G, or even Edge—take a console-style FPS experience on the go
Network Connection Required. A 3G or WiFi connection is recommended for best gameplay experience.
What's New in Version 1.6.2* New Weapon! Use the Electro-gun to shock your enemies into submission.
* Reengineered weapons fire ensures balanced play across all device types.
* Additional anti-cheat and performance tweaks.