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iCannon: Hellfire Review (iPhone)

Game Review: iCannon: Hellfire
Release: January 20, 2011
Developer: Bulkypix
MSRP: $0.99
Rating: 9+
Version: 1.1
Size: 16.1 MB
Website: http://www.bulkypix.com/game/icannon-hellfire

iCannon: Hellfire is a 360 degree shooter that pits you against the invading army of General Doku. Enemy soldiers fly in on jetpacks, tanks roll in from all directions, and jets initiate air strikes all in an attempt to steal Halley’s Core.

Viewpoint from the tower

iCannon uses the iPhone’s accelerometer to control the aiming reticule. This normally causes problems, because I tend to shift around when playing iPhone games. Fortunately, Bulkypix included a recalibration tool that allows you to play the game in any orientation.

Boss fight!

You have two primary weapons at your disposal, the Gatling gun and the cannon. Both of these are upgradable to increase fire rate, increase the damage done, and boost accuracy. Your tower and radar may also be upgraded in three different ways.

Upgrade screen; boost your Gatling first.

The accelerometer-controlled reticule makes it very difficult to shoot enemies in the distance. This problem is compounded when tanks decide to fire at you from the horizon and the inaccurate cannon is unable to hit the tiny tank. Until you earn enough coins to purchase the Gatling and cannon upgrades, the best strategy is to let enemies get close enough to hit. Unfortunately, this creates a catch-22 and can get frustrating.

Breakdown:

  • Game Center with achievements
  • Powerups that fall from the sky
  • Intuitive gameplay
  • Two modes: campaign and survival
  • Purchasable upgrades

Progressive achievements in Game Center

At $0.99, iCannon has a good amount of content for the money. The available in-app purchases are a little puzzling: You can buy 50k, 120k, or 320k coins for an additional $0.99, $1.99, or $4.99, respectively. To upgrade all your equipment to its maximum, it would cost 385k coins. Doesn’t add up…just get the game and earn the coins the old-fashioned way.

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