If you like hockey games, but would rather just crank slapshots at the net instead of playing a full 5 on 5 game then you may want to checkout Slapshot Frenzy. Compatible for both iPhone and iPod Touch, this game is all about practicing and making precision hockey shots. In this game there are two different modes of game-play: Free Skate Mode where there are no defenders other than the goalie, and Classic Mode where you can play a 2 on 2 half rink battle verses the computer. The object of the game is to score as many goals as possible in the allotted amount of time. Making goals isn’t as easy as sending the puck in the direction of the net. To score points you’ve got to be nimble, deceptive, and precise.
Alright, let’s get down to business. I myself am a big fan of hockey games and apps, and have been ever since I played Blades of Steel waaaaay back in the day. So of course I was super pumped to tryout the Slapshot Frenzy app. At first glance it’s easy to tell that this game has the goods with respect to graphics, sounds, animation, etc. After all Skyworks Interactive, the creators of Slapshot Frenzy have a long track record for creating quality iPhone and iPod Touch apps. But after playing Slapshot Frenzy I’d have to say I myself am not the biggest fan. Why? Two reasons: Half rink hockey and game controls.
After playing board crashing, cross checking, fast paced, intense hockey video games all my life I was rather disappointed with the half rink game-play of Slapshot Frenzy. I felt like it just didn’t offer much excitement. In Free Skate Mode all you do is try to make as many goals as possible and in Classic Mode you do the same, but you’re playing against two rather lifeless defenseman who more or less just gather up lose pucks and carry them past mid ice. I found the game controls to be rather awkward and felt like they made the game less fun. To move your players you drag your finger around the screen where you want them to go, and to pass or shoot you double tap the screen. With these types of controls you essentially obstruct your view while playing the game, which doesn’t seem very intuitive to me. In my opinion this game is much better suited for gamepad style controls.
Overall the graphics are decent, the game-play is ok, and the game itself, even though it’s simple, is rather challenging. In addition to two modes of game-play the app includes a global leader board so you can compare your skills verses the other Slapshot Frenziests out there. Best of all there’s a free Slapshot Frenzy Lite version, so before you decide whether or not your want to buy the full version you can take it for a free test drive!
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