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For: iPad   Also on: iPhone

More Paycheck than The Killer

Product: Bloodstroke | Developer: Moonshark | Publisher: Chillingo | Format: iPad | Genre: Action, Shooter | Players: 1 | Version: Europe
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There's something a bit off about Bloodstroke. All of its gory action is flighty, lacking a connection to the gameworld underneath or the inputs that you're making. Goons explode in splashes of gore, but you rarely feel like it's your fault.

It's very much a case of style over substance, but even the style feels a little flat and detached, with great empty spaces and strange animation giving the whole experience a lacklustre, unfinished feel.

As John Woo productions go, it fits more into his Hollywood period than his Hong Kong heyday.

Doves and guns

You play as a bodyguard with the codename Lotus, tasked with protecting a computer developer. The pair of you run through a series of levels, you cutting bloody swathe through the triads and assassins sent to stop you, him sort of cowering and getting shot.

IAPs explained
If you find your coffers a little low, you can spend some real-life cash to fill them up.

A small cash pack costs £1.99 / $2.99 and nets you 8200. The most expensive super cash pack costs £13.99 / $16.99 and nets you 75,000.

It's unlikely that you'll need them, though.
Lotus doesn't take any damage - so you're free to run around as you like, murdering anything that gets too close. Melee attacks are automatic if you're within range, while your guns are fired with a tap on a button, and always target the closest bad guy.

It's a strange setup, and makes for some ungainly play as you stomp around, butchering anything nearby until you get stuck on a bit of scenery or miss out on a bike-riding crazy who ploughs into your charge and brings the level to a premature end.

You get cash for each completed mission that you can spend on upgrades, new weapons, and a variety of ordnance from grenades to rocket launchers. You can toughen up the scientist too, giving him bulletproof vests and extra hit points.

Mission: Improbable

It's certainly an interesting premise, but it lacks the spark it needs to remain interesting. You never really feel in jeopardy - especially not for the first few levels - and if you're smart with your upgrades you can waltz through most of the game.

Although 'float' might be a better word for it. You'll spend most of Bloodstroke running around like a headless chicken, frictionless and free to slaughter anyone who gets in your way. And after about five minutes that gets really, really old.
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Harry Slater | 31 January 2014
A lightweight, odd action game that never makes you feel part of the fun, Bloodstroke is too muddled to really recommend
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Paul Taeles | 01:37 - 1 February 2014
The IAPs go much higher actually, when looking at the iap screen hut the large silver arrow to the right and you'll see the packages up through 99.99usd.