DEAD TRIGGER is a game from , originally released 31st December, 1969

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Dead Trigger Review

Dead Trigger makes a killer first impression. The graphics are stunning, the action is fast, and the blood splatters right on cue. At a glance, it really looks like a current-gen console game–but it’s not, and when you play it, that quickly becomes obvious. From the short missions to the pesky in-app purchase offerings, Dead Trigger is very much an iOS game. Is that a deal-breaker?

Not in the least. First, Dead Trigger is one of– if not the— best looking iOS games we’ve ever played. It matches the detail and sharpness of Infinity Blade II, but here you get a full range of movement. Better yet, it’s smooth. We played it on a third-gen iPad, and no matter how many enemies were onscreen, we never saw any slowdown.

The game is mission-based, and each mission is set up a lot like Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies–you’re placed in an enclosed area, and the undead enter through barriers you can’t go past. Your goal varies from mission to mission, but it always involves you running around and killing lots of zombies.

Such pretty eyes.

Only a few kinds of missions are on offer here, and none feel very different from the others. You might be asked to stay alive for a few minutes, or kill a certain number of zombies, or protect something from damage, or bring packages to a drop zone, but the missions all blur together. The lack of variety is disappointing, and makes Dead Trigger work better in short bursts than in marathon sessions. On the plus side, the missions are short, perfect for gaming on the go.

An important question about any iOS first-person shooter is how well the controls work, and in Dead Trigger they’re reasonably tight. Moving around with your left thumb is simple, and aiming and shooting with your right feels snappy. You also have enough health that if you suffer a few cheap hits it’s not the end of the world (which is to say, it’s not the end of your character’s life).

However, just about every time a zombie comes within a few feet of you, it swings and injures you. Something feels off about the game’s hit detection, both when you’re attacked, and when you do the attacking. This varies a little from gun to gun, but oftentimes we’d fire a string of bullets right into a zombie’s head, and it simply wouldn’t die. Mobility is also a concern. Your walking pace isn’t very fast, so it would be very handy if you could sprint, or at least shove encroaching enemies away from you. Unfortunately, neither are possible.

These dudes are relentless.

Although Dead Trigger isn’t free, it’s set up a lot like a freemium game. You have access to two types of currency, gold and dollars. You get dollars by completing missions, picking up loot drops from dead zombies, and finding chests tucked away in certain levels. Money is fairly easy to come by, but the weapons in the game’s shop are pricey. Some weapons and items, however, can only be purchased using gold, which you can obtain by doing annoying stuff like liking things on Facebook, or by buying it through in-app purchase. Naturally, gold is required to buy the coolest weapons (M4, minigun) and the most useful items (speed and damage boosts). This dual currency thing is annoying, but it doesn’t ruin the game even for people who don’t want to spend any extra money.

Perhaps the biggest oversight is that there’s no multiplayer in Dead Trigger. Battling other players online would be a ton of fun, and a nice change-up to the rather dimwitted enemies. The challenge of facing zombies comes from killing them before they overwhelm you with their numbers. Fighting other players online would add a whole new dimension to the game. We have our fingers crossed that they’ll add multiplayer with an update down the line.

If you approach Dead Trigger looking for anything other than an intense, fast-paced bloodbath, then you’re going to be disappointed. It may look like an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 game, but it plays very much like a game built for iOS–which, of course, it is. So check your expectations at the door (and maybe your brain along with them), and you’ll find plenty to like about Dead Trigger.

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Dead Trigger Goes Free-to-Play on iOS

Dead Trigger, a first-person zombie shooter from Madfinger Games, has gone free-to-play (FTP) on iOS. It’s not an extremely surprising move, given that the Android version went free-to-play a week and some change ago.

When Dead Trigger first went FTP on Android, Madfinger Games released a very irritated statement that blamed the switch on rampant piracy.

‘[P]iracy rate[s] on Android devices, that was unbelievably high,’ claimed the studio. ‘At first we intend to make this game available for as many people as possible – that’s why it was for as little as buck. – It was much less than 8$ for SHADOWGUN but on the other hand we didn’t dare to provide it for free, since we hadn’t got XP with free-to-play format so far.’

As we note in our review of Dead Trigger, it’s a good-looking game that’s based on solid shooter mechanics. You may as well pick it up; it won’t cost you a dime!–unless you opt to power up via some in-app purchases.

Dead Trigger On Android Now Free to Play

The Android version of the zombie shooter Dead Trigger has gone free to play. The reason, according to a post on the game’s Facebook page, is the “unbelievably high” rate of piracy on Android devices. Prior to the price cut, it cost $0.99, which is what it still goes for on iOS. You can read the full statement from Madfinger Games below.

Regarding price drop. HERE is our statement. The main reason: piracy rate on Android devices, that was unbelievably high. At first we intend to make this game available for as many people as possible – that’s why it was for as little as buck. – It was much less than 8$ for SHADOWGUN but on the other hand we didn’t dare to provide it for free, since we hadn’t got XP with free-to-play format so far. – However, even for one buck, the piracy rate is soooo giant, that we finally decided to provide DEAD TRIGGER for free. Anyway – DEAD TRIGGER is not FREEMIUM, it always was and still remains FREE-TO-PLAY, that means, all players are able to play it without IAP! We stand up for this statement, because all members of our team are playing (and enjoying) DEAD TRIGGER without IAP.

We do note in our review of the game that Dead Trigger is set up a lot like a freemium title, with plenty of items to buy through in-app purchase if you’re feeling underpowered. That means the developer probably won’t have too much trouble making money on it even if it is free to play.

But when a game only costs a buck, there’s really no reason to pirate it. Decent people pay for their games–it’s what keeps the industry running. So be sure to check out our full review, and purchase the game if it looks like something you’d enjoy.