Extraction: Project Outbreak Review
- Twin-stick shooting given a 'tactical' feel thanks to its touch-screen control overhaul.
- Detailed level design with opened/locked areas to mix things up.
- IAP not required to succeed.
- Limited mission variety; kill x of y, or save and escort.
- No difficulty options; default play aims fairly low - rarely a challenging pack/horde of zombies to deal with.
Extraction: Project Outbreak lays the groundwork for what could be an exciting top-down tactical shooter campaign, but aside from the tight controls and great level designs, it's easy to find yourself in a repetitive funk.
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One thing that never fails to amaze me about having so many developers trying their hand at breaking in to the iOS market is seeing the creativity that comes from adversity. One of the defining features of the platform is its touch screen, but it can be as much a curse as a boon. Twin-stick shooters have reached an almost amicable middle-ground of 'it works, but isn't perfect' situation, but developer ShortRound have broken out of the box with their latest work for publisher Chillingo with Extraction: Project Outbreak.
Instead of moving with one thumb and shooting with the other, the game has been reduced to a single-touch system of swipes and taps. Initially you'd think you'd be tapping enemies to fire and swiping around to move your player, but you'd be horribly wrong. Tapping sets a location to move towards, while swiping allows you to target and set the order in which your character fires upon them.
At first this may not seem drastic, but it allows for a lot of tactical depth as you select a zombie behind one closer to you to score a few free hits if your bullets go astray. If you can swipe and select zombies smoothly and at the right speed you'll also pull off 'trick shots', adding to your damage output. This said though, the game is far from challenging to complete as you're rarely faced with huge odds. Also, credits earned throughout each mission type (kill x of y, or escort) allow you to upgrade and unlock powerful weaponry to keep enemies at bay, making it easy to rip through the ten available zones (multiple missions available for each one).
The repetition and lack of challenge brings down what is an otherwise excellent shooter packed with amazingly detailed levels and a control system that, given the right amount of zombies or even new enemies, would result in incredibly intense battles.
Developer ShortRound has already hinted at including a hardcore mode, a new game mode, and boss battles in to the game, but even without these the game is certainly worth checking out if only to experience its unique control system.
Description"It’s hard to find any complaints about this game, and the only one may be that there isn’t more of it to play." — 148 Apps
“Extraction is one of the best downloadable games of the year” — Mobot
"The controls feel so natural on a touchscreen that the thought of playing it with a mouse seems almost archaic." — PocketGamer
“When Shortround Games talked of being inspired by Cannon Fodder, among other classics, I knew I had to get my hands on Extraction: Project Outbreak.” — TouchGen
Experience this explosive top-down 3D shooter inspired by retro classics and designed specifically for a touch screen. Clandestine government experiments on military personnel and POW’s have gone wrong, unleashing an outbreak of infected soldiers on the area surrounding the secret facility.
You play a hardened Private Military Contractor, drafted in to exterminate the infected. Featuring a unique one-finger control system, incredible visuals, a variety of weapons, four game modes, upgrades and more, Extraction will blow you away.
• STUNNING VISUALS
Extraction has been built from the ground up using a Fully 3D Engine to deliver a completely immersive experience.
• EPIC CAMPAIGN
Play through the story driven single player campaign that lasts 4-5 hours. Uncover the government secret and find out the real reasons behind the outbreak.
• MULTIPLE GAME MODES
Four game modes: Extermination, Rescue, Repair and Escort.
• EXPLOSIVE WEAPONRY
Ten high-powered weapons from the Desert Eagle to ultra-destructive Heavy Machine Guns each with incredible upgrades to unlock. Plus, four special weapons with intuitive control mechanics.
• SUPER SOLDIER
Earn XP and spend it on upgrading your character’s armor, melee skills and much more. Become the ultimate one man army.
For more information or support, please visit www.chillingo.com
What's New in Version 1.40- New "Reinforcement" game mode.
- New "Hardcore" difficulty level.
- Game Center integration.