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Sponsored Game Review: Shoot the Fokkers

August 6, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

Despite all of the additions we’ve made to mobile hardware over the years, it seems that most games are still unsure what to do with these new features. Such as the gyroscope that was added to smartphones and tablets some time ago now. Hardly any games use it and while it makes racing games a little more precise, it’s still the same mechanic as it has been for years. This is where Shoot the Fokkers comes in, it’s a game that relies solely on the gyroscope to aim your weapon to take down planes in a WWI setting. Read on to see if Shoot the Fokkers makes good use of such a mechanic.

Description: Shoot the Fokkers is a game set in World War I and will have you shooting down German planes with an anti-aircraft gun. That’s about it for the premise of the game, there’s not too much story which is actually a good thing, as it leaves the focus on the gameplay. The use of the Gyroscope here is the only way you’re going to be able to play the game, so make sure your device has one. As you might imagine, the game requires you to hold the device at different positions in order to aim and then fire at the oncoming planes. As well as this there’s the chance to earn money in-game to purchase things and a “play-to-win” upgrade system, unlike other titles that often rely on “pay-to-win”. Read on to find out more.

How it Works: To get started with Shoot the Fokkers, all you have to do is head on over to the Play Store and download the game. After that you’re ready to start shooting down some planes.

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Just hit Play to start shooting down those planes.

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At the beginning of each level, you’ll be given a short profile of a solider who served to read through before you start defending yourself.

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You’ll be required to move the tablet or smartphone around to control the aim of your weapon. The planes don’t come in for attack instantly, so you might get a little time to get used to the controls but you should be on guard all the time.

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When you have a Fokker in site, just touch anywhere on the display and you’ll be firing at the plane. Be careful to make sure planes don’t get too close, otherwise they could come in and attack you.

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When you get hit by the planes, your view will go red and you’ll see glass shatter around you. It’s a nice way to make things feel dangerous. If you succumb to the Fokkers, you’ll see your high score and how you did before you can try again.

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Opinion: Shoot the Fokkers is a decent game, while the premise is certainly a little thin there’s more than enough to keep players entertained here. It is however, a real shame that the controls aren’t any better thought out. After all, gyroscopes are cool and all but, an increase in sensitivity would go a long way to make the game easier to play. There’s also no way of telling if a plane is coming in for an attack from the left or right, you just get shot at. Unless you can see the plane on screen, there’s no way of knowing there’s an enemy coming until it’s too late. Aside from its problems, Shoot the Fokkers is a lot of fun. The shooting is challenging, as you have to deal with fall-off and you have to be fairly accurate. The graphics are good and the games runs well on a number of devices. All-in-all, this is a title that has just launched, with updates coming quickly so, there’s a lot to expect from Shoot the Fokkers in the future.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – The game was quick enough but, there was the occasional hiccup here or there. 
  • Features (3/5) – While the gameplay of Shoot the Fokkers is pretty great, there’s little else to make the game stand out, some more features would be nice.
  • Theme (4/5) – Graphically, Shoot the Fokkers looks good, it’s just a shame that there isn’t more going on in the background.
  • Overall (4/5) – Shoot the Fokkers has some decent gameplay mechanics, it just needs some added substance to make it a great game

Pros

  • Innovative use of the gyroscope for a shooter. 
  • WWI is a setting you don’t often see in video games.
  • Graphically very good.
  • Easy to pick up and play, without skimping on difficulty.

Cons

  • Option for onscreen controls or adjustable sensitivity of the gyroscope is needed. 
  • Needs some added background artwork.

Conclusion: We can certainly see what the developers were going for here and, for the most part, they’ve achieved their goal. Shoot the Fokkers is a decent game that is a lot of fun, it’s just that it needs some addition before it can be called a great one. For one thing, the gyroscope controls aren’t sensitive enough, it’s a great feature but having to move around 360 is not what most of us would call gaming and it’s entirely impractical when using on public transport. Graphically, the game looks good with some high-resolution textures and some great sound but, it needs something else in the background to make things really stand out. Is this a fun game? Yes, it is. It’s also worth the asking price when you take into account you aren’t bugged for in-app purchases and there are no ads.

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