Bio Crisis is an indie shooter with tons of heart; but is it any good?
There is no shortage of top down shooters on iOS. This means a developer has to step their game up to make their shooter stand out from the crowd. Bio Crisis certainly has some cool features that force you to take notice. Of course, it takes more than cool features to make a good game.
The first thing that is really interesting about Bio Crisis is the cover system. It’s not too often that an old school, top down shooter implements a system for your character to take cover, but sure enough, it’s in this game. All you need to do is walk up to a low piece of cover and your guy will automatically duck behind it. To leave cover, you simply walk away.
The controls in Bio Crisis are pretty standard. You move around with a virtual joystick and use the buttons on the right side of the screen to shoot, roll and reload. I had a couple of issues where I would press the shoot button from behind cover and my guy would keep shooting until he ran out of ammo or died. Obviously, this was annoying. Besides that, the controls did not give me any major issues.
Besides the interesting cover system, most of the gameplay is pretty standard. You can melee enemies who get close to you, and shoot the rest. There are some parts that break the mold such as the sniper and boat sections in the game. The sniper section allows you to zoom in and pick off enemies. It feels like one of those iSniper games from back when the App Store launched. The boat sections play like a twin stick shooter.
These parts may not be anything ultra innovative when taken out of context, but they help keep things flowing and make the game more fun.
Of course, there are plenty of epic boss fights interspersed throughout the game’s 23 stages.
There are some problems that come up here and there with the geometry in the world. There were a couple situations where I had a clean line of sight on an enemy near a wall, and he had one on me. Even though we were both firing at each other, our bullets were blocked by some sort of invisible piece sticking out of the wall. While these are not game breaking incidents, they certainly take away from the overall quality.
The game looks good. It has a great art style that fans of old school games will absolutely love. It has some problems that keep it from being as good as it could be, but it’s certainly not a bad game by any stretch. Fans of old school shooters who can get past some of the glaring flaws will have a great time with it. For the rest of us, it might be a little overpriced, especially with the abundance of in-app purchases.
Bio Crisis is available for $2.99 as a universal app. Get it on the App Store.