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Bullet Time HD Review

By Andrew Nesvadba, on November 21, 2011


Bullet Time HD
  • Publisher: Kiloo
  • Genre: Entertainment
  • Released: 17 Nov, 2011
  • Size: 247.1 MB
  • Price: FREE!
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Rating

PROS

  • Atmospheric 3D environments; tight visual aesthetic combining bright designs with a post-apocalyptic feel.
  • Familiar twin-stick gameplay; pick up and play for most iOS veterans.
  • In-line quest system; no NPCs to deal with, almost entirely optional but also very worth your while.
  • Co-op play for multiplayer fun.

CONS

  • Challenge plateaus early on, though some grinding maybe necessary for item upgrades; leads to periods of dull gameplay.
  • No real twists on the basic twin-stick gameplay; polished, but still simple.

VERDICT

It's hard to shake the feeling that there's a trap waiting around the corner to justify the free pricetag of Bullet Time HD (such as an impossible enemy/challenge), but it never comes, making this a worthwhile pick up for action gaming fans.


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Free games tend to fall in to one of two categories if you excuse the usual subset of 'trial' games from the mix: They're either incredibly polished and ready to bite down on your wallet at every opportunity they gets, or they're a cheap attempt at harvesting ad revenue with simple and overplayed clones.

Now that I've made my overly simplistic generalization for the day I can only point a finger in disgust at Bullet Time HD for one major reason: It has contributed to ruining gamer's expectations of what they should get in a free game by raising the bar considerably - it's fun, visually exciting and it merely teases your wallet instead of trying to grab it every opportunity it gets.

Then again, Kiloo Games are no strangers to the model and their previous title Frisbee Forever did much the same thing for time-trial racers earlier this year.

The character you control doesn't have anything left in this world of mutants and psychopaths, so he does what any reasonable man would do - he straps on some pistols and sets out to shoot anything that's not him in the face... repeatedly. This is made easy thanks to a twin-stick shooter setup that should be familiar to most iOS gamers, though this is offset by a manually controlled power-up system.

Instead of random drops, players can horde and later activate anything from super speed to super damage, while saving a heal or two for after big battles to keep on trucking. Despite their manual selection, they're no less precious and coins or paid-for crystals are the only way to replenish them aside from being very lucky.

An experience and levelling system restricts the types of weaponry or items you can purchase and equip, limiting your progression only slightly. This is offset by an in-line quest system that assigns optional objectives such as destroying supplies or going off the beaten track and is often well worth it for the boost to your coffers.

With two campaigns and a bunch of impressive masks, jackets and weapons to test out, Bullet Time HD makes for a great pick up for any action gamer's collection.

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GiHubb 2 years, 4 months ago

I have to say I found this game to be really annoying.