Ten Hut! Forward March! Doodle Army by Chad Towns is a flat out kick butt game! It’s a non-stop in your face battle with bullets flying, blood splattering, bone splintering, fire burning, stick figure Rambo’s with attitude war game. No pansies allowed! From the get go you’ve got to be ready to blast with fury or you’ll be a pile of ash in seconds. One after another the enemy attacks with a flurry of weapons including shotguns, flame throwers, grenade launchers, assult rifles, and on and on. Only badasses get far in this game!
I can’t say enough about how much I like this game. It has non-stop action that’ll test your hand-eye coordination and will keep you on the edge of your seat as your mow down enemies from all angles. Enemies come at you relentlessly from above and below, leveraging obstacles like barbed wire, tire barriers, wooden fort-like structures, cars, etc. To survive you’ve got to adeptly leap, duck, weave, and blast all at the same time. You’re health declines rapidly as your struck with repeated fire. Stay alive by slaying enemies; collect their hearts, weapons, and ammo. The key to advancing far in this game is to stay on the offensive like any Billy Badass would do. Pushing forward and striking enemies quicker and more relentlessly than they strike you is this game’s M.O. If you play on the defensive you will die!
The game controls for Doodle Army are pretty decent. You have two control options to choose from. Each basically provides you with a different method for shooting your weapons. You can choose the Finger Tap method where you just tap your finger on the screen to blast, or you can choose the Thumb Dial option, which I like best. I found the Thumb Dial control to be the most accurate and responsive option. There are times where you need to fire above, behind, and in front of you at a moments notice and with the Thumb Dial control you can swirl your gun effortlessly in any direction without any guesswork.
In addition to non-stop action Doodle Army offers a complete arsenal of weapons, characters, sounds, and devasting effects. It offers 30 weapons, 35 characters, and tons of blood and guts. You’d think based on the fact that the characters are stick figures that the game would lack a bit on overall effects, but it definitely does not. When you hit enemies with the flame thrower they burn to a crisp. When guns fire it sounds like all hell is breaking loose. Doodle Army is comparable to a modern day morphing of Contra, Grand Theft Auto, and South Park. I totally dig it!
Overall I think Doodle Army offers a lot. It’s super challenging, and begs you to keep playing it. The game-play continues on and on, there are no specific levels per say, but it does offer checkpoints so you don’t have to start all the way at the beginning each time you die which I really like. There’s a free slimmed down version of Doodle Army called Doodle Army Boot Camp. I really like this game as well. It offers a ton of action for a lite game. Personally, I recommend downloading both. Doodle Army Boot Camp will help you get the game controls down, and will get you used to the action and pace of play. Once you’re ready for more characters, weapons, effects, and action you can snatch up the full version of Doodle Army via in app purchase!
Version Reviewed: 1.2.0
Requirements: iPhone or iPod Touch; iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later
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