Iron Man 3 - The Official Game Review
- Really nice visuals complete with the rush of flying past obstacles as Iron Man.
- Plenty of suits to unlock mixed with a streamlined mission structure.
- Adding freemium waiting mechanisms to the endless runner genre.
- Controls are far too loose, making it easy to crash into things.
Iron Man 3 is a Temple Run clone that has some nice visuals and unlockables, but is held down by its freemium mechanics and loose controls.
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The Iron Man franchise is one of cinema's heavy hitters, and thus you can always expect a tie-in videogame to accompany it. The previous movies have all had game tie-ins, and like with most Gameloft releases, they have been of a certain level of quality. Not fantastic, but definitely playable and enjoyable in their own way. Now the last game was a 3D action brawler but since then the endless runner has become the go-to genre on the App Store, so no points if you guessed this is what Iron Man 3 would be. That bet is just too easy.
Emulating the Temple Run style of gameplay, you control Iron Man as he blasts through the streets and skies of 'undetermined beach and army base, USA'. First off, the combination of the visuals and speed at which Iron Man is zooming around, give a definite exhilaration factor as you're playing the game. This is somewhat exacerbated however as the tilt controls to turn Iron Man left and right are a little too loose. You have a health bar so you can survive some hits, but more often than not you'll find yourself crashing, especially in the oncoming missile segments, as you only have a second to make a judgement call exactly where on the screen you'll be safe. The gameplay is mainly broken up into two segments. Those where you're zooming along, following the trail of orbs that act as one of the in-game currencies, and when enemies assault you, in which you either drag a line through your multiple foes on-screen to defeat them with your laser, or you tap to fire projectiles.
Now I mentioned more than one in-game currency. This is correct. You have your main cash inflow which is used to upgrade the various parts of your suits, but as this is a freemium title, Gameloft have stuck the waiting mechanic in as well. Whether it's waiting to repair your suit after a game, waiting to build a new suit, or waiting on an upgrade, there are special gems which can speed this ordeal up. These gems also combined with your xp level and the cash will unlock all the new suits available to you (which is the main incentive to keep playing the game). This grinding and trickling out of content is annoying, especially since the controls do their best to keep your game time short. It stinks of designing around the in-app purchase model.
But for those brief sections when the game is working right, you can see that as endless runners go, and especially as movie tie-in games go, there's a solid title here under everything else weighing it down. Seeing it is free, if you like the license, aren't annoyed by the waiting, or just want to whiz around as Iron Man, give it a whirl. We'd probably recommend just going out and seeing the movie however.
DescriptionBecome billionaire Tony Stark as Iron Man in this fast-paced, endless runner; the official game of the upcoming movie!
After the events of Iron Man 3, Tony has become a peacekeeper, but new threats emerge regularly all around the globe -- and Iron Man is the only one who can take care of them. Get ready for this addictive, endless 3D runner!
THE OFFICIAL GAME OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED SUPERHERO MOVIE OF 2013!
- Fight around the world against rising A.I.M. forces
- Discover 3 different locations offering endless, self-generating levels: Malibu Shores, New York City, and China
- Confront 4 epic villains from the Iron Man comics: Crimson Dynamo, Ezekiel Stane, Living Laser, and the mighty M.O.D.O.K.
BECOME IRON MAN AS NEVER BEFORE
- Complete various missions in fast-paced flying battles, and in epic one-on-one confrontations
- Unleash Iron Man's power with amazingly responsive swipe controls
- Enjoy an outstanding 3D world with cutting-edge graphics and animations
COMMAND STARK INDUSTRIES
- Research and develop up to 18 suits from the different movies (Mark II, Mark 42, Silver Centurion, etc.)
- Upgrade your armors and powers in the research lab to wipe out your enemies
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What's New in Version 1.4.0Power up with 2 new suits: The Mark 15 - Sneaky and the exclusive tournament prize, Mark 31 - Piston.
New location: Battle beyond the stratosphere in Space!
New power-up: The Credit Overload generates a huge amount of Stark Credits to collect.
Levels now branch out in different directions. Choose your path to victory!
Updated and streamlined user interface and menus. Managing your armor is easier than ever.
Game size has been reduced for faster and easier downloads.