Game Play and Features (4 out of 5)
It’s a first person shooter game like Playstation’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare minus the gore and graphic details of shooting people with blood splattering out of their guts. Instead of military personnel, you get to control a renegade teddy bear positioned behind sandbags, shooting at approaching enemy teddy bears. Do you have the guts to blow out these pink teddy bears' heads with your bearzooka? That’s what you’re going to do for the rest of the game.
You take control of Oliver, a teddy bear caught in-between enemy cross-fire. Guarded by sandbags and equipped with various pieces of weaponry, your objective is to shoot the required number of pink teddy bears in order to advance to the next game level. These teddy bears happen to be the bad guys, and their objective is to give you the HUG OF DEATH.
The game features possibly the coolest weapons you’ll ever used in a shooting game. How do a bearzooka, flame thrower, swearaphone, and slingshot sound to you? If that makes you excited, you’ll be glad to know that this game has loads of these.
Controls, Graphics and Sound (4 out of 5)
The moment you fire up this game, you’ll be greeted by a brief explaining the basic controls of the game. There are only two - one for firing you weapon and the other for moving Oliver from left to right.
Graphics-wise, there’s nothing much this game can offer, except for realistically depicted fierce-looking pink teddy bears and a ready-for-battle main character teddy bear - Oliver. To avoid being too gory and chaotic, the game depicts blood in colorful rather than realistic ways. This lessens the game’s violent appeal, which I think was intentional to avoid parents not allowing their kids to play this game.
In the sound department, the game’s background music and sound effects are pretty intense and greatly contributed to the “war” mood of the game.
Our Verdict (3 out of 5)
When I downloaded Battle Bears and started playing it, I had just finished playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Renaissance: Fall of Man in my PS3. These two games are very violent. So, it was refreshing to play this iPhone game after playing those two PS3 games. Although the excitement and the action appeal is still there, the fact that this game is geared so much for fun made me enjoy it. One major strength of this game is its take on a great storyline complete with engaging dialogue convincingly delivered by great voice actors.
If you like first-person shooting games minus the blood, explosion and violence, this game is ideal to pick up. Your $0.99 cents is definitely worth it.
Screenshots of Battle Bears by SkyVu.