iDracula – Undead Awakening 1.0 review
iDracula is a third-person overhead shooter developed by MoreGames Entertainment and published by Chillingo. The plot is simple: players must use any weapon available to them to fend off hordes of undead monsters.
The result is an admirable run-and-gun game in the vein of arcade classics such as Smash TV, Gauntlet and Robotron where you grab weapons, ammo and health potions in order to stay alive.
You earn power-ups at various intervals that imbue you with new abilities like Ninja (better blocking against attacks), Telekinesis (dropped items will float towards the player), and Bandage (a one-time instant health recovery).
You can take on the undead in two modes, Survival (where you face increasingly difficult waves of enemies and can grab power-ups and perks) and Rush (where you are equipped with a minigun and infinite ammo and must survive a never-ending wave of werewolves charging at you).
Although iDracula uses the same top-down visual perspective at all times, the level of detail on the models and the overall frame rate is impressive; this is an action game and even with dozens of monsters simultaneously charging towards your character, the frame rate is almost universally smooth.
You can adjust audio levels and swap the control wheels between the left and right thumbs. Collectible runes throughout the game add a rank system that makes the game fun to replay.
There are a few wrinkles to iron out. It crashes on occasion and sometimes pauses in the middle of gameplay to load new content. Still, it picks up where it left off upon reopening the application.
These criticisms aside, iDracula is one of the most fun games we’ve had a chance to play on the iPhone. It stands on a par with anything offered for the Nintendo DS or Sony PSP, and has room to grow into something even better with a few updates and WiFi-based co-op multiplayer gameplay.