Updated: Sketch Nation Shooter Review

The do-it-yourself scrolling shooter Sketch Nation Shooter has just been updated to version 1.2. Many of our original concerns about the game have been dealt with, including allowing postings to be created without Facebook logins, and significantly better image recognition. The latter results in the game playing much smoother with fewer gameplay glitches.

Finding unique created games is now much easier with the changes to the download game screen. A new ratings tab has been added, which makes it simple to find highly-rated games, as well as a search function to find specific games. On top of those fixes, image packs have also been added: two of them for free and four of them for $1. These packs include new images ranging from warfare to under the sea.

Now it seems that most of our complaints have been dealt with, and more content has been added, resulting in a much more refined experience. More updates are coming on this title, so we only expect it to get better in the future.

Have you ever wanted to create your own iPhone or iPod Touch game? Sketch Nation Shooter begs you to answer yes to this question. But you may want to know: Are the games you make worthwhile, or is this simply a cheap gimmick?

Sketch Nation Shooter gives you tons of tools to create your own game. Unfortunately, there is only one genre available, and that is a Space Invaders-style shooter. With the basic premise of the game already laid out, it’s up to you to fill the game with enemies, powerups, and of course, bosses.

You can make players dodge anything you want!

The biggest opportunity for customization in your game is in the character design. You can simply choose from pre-made images, or you can draw your own and share them online through Facebook. Drawing your own can be both fun and inventive, and we saw quite a few unique ideas from the various user-created games already available for download.

It wasn’t all pretty, though. We did run into several issues when drawing characters. Images would sometimes be converted into black and white, or be completely out of focus.

It also became evident that when playing a game created with custom characters, the shots won’t damage the player unless they hit right in the middle of the image. This doesn’t completely ruin the game, but it does make the game quite easy, especially when your character is bigger in size.

There are tons of small customization options for the player and enemies, like the amount of hits each can take without dying, weapon velocity, shield strength, and more. This still doesn’t help shake the feeling that every game feels the same. Even across the numerous games we downloaded and played, they all felt very similar. While a lot of the user-created games were fun, most of them felt like mash-ups of the original included games.

Space Invaders: Jaws Edition

Some players might also have an issue with the user-created game account system. Seeing as how it runs through a Facebook login, you must first have an account and be willing to let the game have control of your feed. While many people have Facebook accounts, the game shouldn’t expect everyone to have one they want to use.

Sketch Nation Shooter is trying to do for the iPhone what LittleBigPlanet did for the PS3. The customization isn’t as vast, but you will still have fun playing around with the user-created games, and of course your own. As long as you haven’t already had enough of top-down Space Invaders-style games, you will enjoy playing around with Sketch Nation Shooter, until the gameplay starts to wear thin.

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