Overkill 2, Craneballs Studios’ sequel to their trigger-happy first-person shooting arcade, is now available from the app store. Featuring plenty of unique and upgradeable weapons, improved graphics, and tense gameplay, Overkill 2 offers an experience that’s every bit as exciting as the original and then some.
Overkill 2 Pros:
- Improved backdrops and great variety of customizable weapons
- Upbeat soundtrack and great gunfire sound effects
- Intuitive controls with both reticule and down sights aiming
- GameCenter achievements to earn
Overkill 2 Cons:
- Dual-currency system that pushed you toward IAP to obtain best items
- Button positioning is less than desirable without any customization options
Overkill 2 provides three locations where you can engage in 20-wave Campaigns or Survival arenas. Heavily-armored enemies stroll in from the sides of the screen, hiding behind poles, crouching low, or standing out in the open as they fire on you at will. You’ll need to manage your ammo supply, shoot bonus boxes, and take out as many bad guys as you can before your own health runs out. As your health gets low, the screen gets redder and harder to see through. You can occasionally use a Friend Save for a second chance after succumbing to gunfire, which also gives your GameCenter friend a nice little bonus. Of course, the real draw here is the weaponry, and there is plenty of it. Each weapon is rated on a half-dozen different categories, and you can purchase upgrades to the stock, magazine, muzzle, trigger, etc. to improve its stats and make it more efficient. You earn two forms of currency in the game, money and medals. Of course, medals are the more valuable option, earned at a much slower rate and required to pick up the best stuff. You can pick up bundles of both currency types via IAP or through completing special TapJoy offers.
Graphically, the static backdrops are much more detailed and interesting in this version. Character animations are pretty stiff and targeting them can be a little tricky. You have a red aiming dot to use, but we found the accuracy to be wonky. Firing repeatedly at an enemy’s head might deplete his health bit by bit, while a chest shot might be registered as a one-shot headshot for some reason. Regardless, it’s a lot of fun to blast these guys and try to avoid taking too much damage. The bonus boxes appear for a few moments before disappearing, offering improved armor, a health boost, money, improved accuracy, air strikes, and more if you can pick them off while they are available. The soundtrack is upbeat, and the gunfire sounds are great. Controls allow you to drag your thumb in the lower left corner to aim and tap a fire button in the lower right corner to shoot. A tiny reload button exists just above the fire button (a little too close for our tastes) and a medkit button sits just to the left of the fire button (also too close). You can shake your device to reload (helpful for when your gun jams, as our frustration often led us to shake our device anyway), but there doesn’t appear to be a way to customize button positioning. An alternative aiming method allows you to aim down the sights if you prefer.
Replay value depends on your willingness to part with real-world dollars to obtain better equipment, though fun can still be had without spending a dime. GameCenter integration provides nearly 5 dozen achievements to earn. A universal app that’s free-to-play, Overkill 2 is a solid 4-Dimple choice.
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