Sniper vs Sniper Hands-On Preview

According to Com2Us on Twitter, Sniper vs. Sniper is due out October 22. We’ve already got our copy, so expect a review the very same day.

Peering down a scope at your enemy is about as second nature to long-time gamers as jumping to collect coins. While there are already dozens (if not hundreds) of hunting/sniping games on the App Store, how many of them can boast online multiplayer?

Here’s how the multiplayer battles work in sniper vs sniper. Logging in to Com2Us’s servers, you’ll challenge another player and select one of the game’s 2D environments: building, village, forest, temple, or city. These range in difficulty from a nearby building with nice wide windows to peer in, to a cluttered skyscraper where your foe will only appear to be a few pixels high.

When the round starts, you’ll pick up your binoculars by tapping once on the screen, and start scanning intensely for your enemy. You’re looking for a figure in black, who is also looking through binoculars (or if you’re too late, the scope of his gun). Once you find him, you tap again to bring up your sniper rifle, and hopefully shoot him before he shoots you.

Headshots do more damage, and the snipers move positions after either one gets a hit. As your life bar ticks down, things get much more intense. This intensity is also helped by the broad hint that appears if you were the last one shot (a wide circle appears telling you where the enemy is hiding). Rewarding the last person to get shot might frustrate some players, though, and we’re uncertain if this option can be turned off.

We liked the online battles, but maybe not as much as we were expecting to. Besides careful aiming through the tilt controls, most of the game requires squinting intensely at the screen looking for your target. It’s hard to spot the 2D enemy sniper amid a jumble of background graphics.

Sniper vs Sniper also lets you play cooperatively with a friend to take down teams of snipers, which is what the main game is like solo. While we love online play and think it’s very important for iPhone games, we enjoyed the game’s offline modes a bit more.

In each stage, you can choose a 1 on 1 offline sniper battle, or take on a team of terrorists like in the game Silent Scope, but without the storyline. Also, there are five bonus challenges for each stage as well, which reward you with new gear if you beat them all. Our favorite involved picking off stray cats through a sniper rifle loaded with tranquilizer darts. It’s so they can get off the streets, so there’s nothing sadistic about it!

We definitely enjoyed Sniper vs Sniper’s offline challenges. The rest of the game may actually appeal more to the hidden object crowd, or at least the ones with a membership in the NRA. Look for our review after the game launches in the next few weeks.

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