April 24th, 2012 | By Takeshi Mochida
Into shooter games? Ever wanted to play shooter games with only one finger? Extraction: Project Outbreak by ShortRound offers an interesting game concept. The first impression of this game may be, “oh, another zombie game,” but you will soon change your mind. In Extraction, you will play as a military contractor to assist the extermination of infected people. Experiments on humans caused an outbreak, turning everyone into a zombie. You will be assigned missions such as rescuing scientists and repairing turrets. Each mission has different objectives, and completing them will earn you credits, which can be spent towards unlocking and upgrading weapons.
The control system in Extraction is the innovative part. It’s really simple: tap a place to walk to it, and swipe across the screen to aim and shoot enemies. The speed of swiping will affect your accuracy, which is interesting and adds a challenge to the game. A red bar at the top of the screen shows how well you are aiming. To get a ‘skill shot’, you will need to land the red bar on a green section in the middle when you release your finger. Furthermore, each weapon has different skill shot range, meaning some weapons are easier to ‘skill shot’ than others. This control system is very easy to learn and hard to master, in which everyone can enjoy.
There are two types of weapons: primary and secondary. Primary weapons are typically assault rifles, and pistols for secondary weapons. You can upgrade stats such as damage, range, and amount of ammo/clip. In addition to weapons, tools such as sentry guns and droids can be unlocked to further assist you in missions. In addition to credits, you earn experience points in missions. Leveling up with enough experience will allow you to upgrade armor, speed, melee, and gun skill.
The graphics in this game is purely amazing. Moreover, the game did not lag at all. The sound effects were okay, the typical shooting sound in every shooter game. One thing the game lacks is mission variety. You only have four types of missions: Rescue, Exterminate, Escort, and Repair. You also only have four types of tile sets. Even though missions will get harder as you play them, you will start to feel like you’re doing the same thing over and over.
For a free game, this game has excellent graphics and exciting gameplay. It will keep you busy for hours, and you won’t be tired because you only need one finger to touch and swipe. Even though it only has four types of missions, that’s probably enough for most players. One thing that everybody will complain about is crashing. While playing this game, it crashed every two or three missions. It is annoying to having to restart the game every ten minutes. Even then, this top-down shooter game is really worth its price. Anyone looking for time-killers should consider getting this game.
Just one thing: Why turn a paid game into a freemium? What happens to the previous supporters filled with all these tactics for purchasing IAPs? Developers should consider the customers, isn’t the customer always right? Just as a freemium, it’s a great buy: I mean, it’s free!
More information on Extraction: Project Outbreak is available on their official website. The iOS version is available at the App Store, universal for iPhone and iPad for free.