App of the day: Iron Man 3 review (iPhone and Android)
Most movie tie-ins apps are usually terrible. This one isn't, which is a good thing too because Iron Man 3 is awesome and you will likely want more of the same the moment you leave the cinema.
Thankfully all you need to do is whip out your smartphone and get downloading, as Gameloft's app is surprisingly good. Priced at ... free, it is as no-win, no-fee as you could ever want an app to be.
Iron Man 3
The app casts you as Tony Starck, the movie's main character and the man inside the suit. Graphically, from the loading screen alone, it is a bit of a stunner.
Gameplay reminds us quite a bit of Lylat Wars on the Nintendo 64. You have to shoot all sorts of objects that will come flying at you on screen, using your fingers to tap on bad guys and blow them up. Reactions play an important factor in the play and as such, you need to tap or swipe any enemies that appear almost immediately, otherwise you will take damage. Levels end with huge losses, again Lylat Wars style and are a real gameplay highlight.
On top of this, the Iron Man suit itself is upgradeable. You research various cosmetic and attack upgrades as the game progresses, using accumulated XP. There are 18 different suits to obtain and nearly all of them look awesome, making the play time required to get them more than worth it.
Interestingly, the app is also able to generate levels with an infinite number of enemies. This way, you can literally blast things to bits as Iron Man for as long as you want.
As free apps go, this is top notch. It plays well, is addictive and looks great. Testing it on the HTC One, we are amazed at how far mobile games have come.