Gun Fu (iPhone) Game Review: Making John Woo Proud

Gun Fu is probably the most fun I’ve had on the iPhone for the entire month, but it’s one game that you don’t want to be playing with the volume up sans earphones while sitting in an airplane. The game, from Dobsoft Studios, is probably inspired by the Matrix trilogy of movies, which are in turn, take great heed of John Woo’s action filmography.

The heart of the game is basically a tap-shooter, a variant of the whack-a-mole gameplay. Players are tested in terms of skill and reflexes as they shoot down enemies that appear on the screen while adhering to several simple rules: don’t miss (three times and it’s game over), opponents only start shooting 1.5 seconds after appearing on screen and red opponents need the double tap to dispose of them.

With that in mind, Gun Fu provides 3 game modes, with the first two, The 10 Trials and Practice Mode, available from the start. The third mode is unlocked by completing the 10 Trials mode, no easy task as the higher the level you go, the crazier the opposition becomes. One cool part of the game that I really like (aside from all the shooting that takes place..LOL), is how the game rates player’s performance.

Players are rated by how fast they shoot down an opponent once they appear on the screen. Some shots are categorised as pyschic shots, probably because they are placed just as the opponent is about to appear, hence, the player being “psychic”. The ability to shoot TWO opponents at the same time is something any Gun Fu player should master, and it leads to some crazy poses by the player’s on-screen avatar. LOL.

Anyways, the game is no one to be played by kids, because as fun as it is, hyper-violence is a no-no for kids. Game Center and OpenFeint leaderboards and achievements top up the rest of the game’s feature set. Nine Over Ten 9/10 wholeheartedly recommends this for the above-18 crowd, and rates Gun Fu at 4.5 out of 5. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Gun Fu is available on the iTunes App Store for just USD 0.99. Check it out over here:

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