• arrow
    LOG IN 
    • Log in using an option below.
      Forgot password?
      Login with Facebook
      Sign in with Twitter

Shop Contact Us Submit Videos Who Are We? Hall Of Fame Advertising With PG Games Archive
Best games on iPhone Best games on iPad Best games on Apple Watch Best games on Android
Best free games on iPhone Best free games on iPad Best free games on Apple Watch Best free games on Android Competitions
iPhone game sales iPad game sales Apple Watch game sales Android game sales
Latest iPhone game updates Latest iPad game updates Latest Apple Watch game updates Latest Android game updates
New iPhone games New iPad games New Apple Watch games New Android games
PG.biz PG FRANCE PG GERMANY PG Game Guides PG GameHubs PG Connects
AppSpy 148 Apps Android Rundown iPhone Quality Index iPad Quality Index Android Quality Index Swipe Magazine Best App Ever Awards
Pocket Gamer on NewsNow
UK Mobile Pages Directory
Skinflint Price Comparison
iPad  header logo

Hitman GO

Board to death

Product: Hitman GO | Publisher: Square Enix | Format: iPad | Genre: Stealth, Strategy | Players: 1 | Version: Europe
Hitman GO iPad, thumbnail 1
'Cute' is probably the last word you'd use when describing ruthless assassination simulator Hitman, but there's something undeniably adorable about the pintsize tabletop models in Hitman GO.

Chrome domed murderer Agent 47 looks like a decoration on a wedding cake, he stalks his prey in elaborate architectural dioramas, and the loading screens show the pieces and cards packed away in familiar boardgame boxes.

Then again, this is not your typical Hitman experience. It's a puzzle game, where you shift an Agent 47 figurine around a board with the aim of getting to the exit space without being seen by guards.

Hitman Go Every stage has sub-objectives, like finishing the level in a certain number of moves, or without killing anyone

You can kill off enemies if you creep up behind them (well: remove their chess piece from the board), but it's game over if you enter the space directly in front of a guard. Levels start off static, but you soon face troops who patrol or spin around on the spot.

Making smart movements and thinking several steps ahead will get you far, but Hitman GO doles out plenty of toys to help you move about unnoticed.

In certain levels you can hide in flowerpots, distract guards with Coke cans, bounce between manholes, slip into disguises, and even shoot nuisance baddies with sniper rifles.

Hitman Go The dedication to the boardgame aesthetic is seriously quite impressive

All these shifting guards and different items might seem overwhelming at first glance, but because everything in the game moves when you do, roguelike-style, it's almost like playing a turn-based stealth game.

IAPs explained
If you run out of hints, you can buy more. Tokens are priced between five for £1.49 / $1.99 and an unlimited number for £10.49 / $14.99.

You can also unlock level packs early for 69p / 99c a pop.
So you get some of the same thrills of a sneak-'em-up - and you still feel like a badass when you ghost through a level without offing a single person - but without the stress and palpitations you (or, more specifically, I) get when guards move in real time.

It also just about feels like a Hitman game. Whether that's because you can hide in plain sight with a disguise, or because level pack five is based on a stage from Blood Money, or the way Schubert's Ave Maria plays during important stages.

Hitman Go In some levels you'll need to find coloured keys to open doors

It's no stand in for a full-on stealth game, mind. And if you want something that really feels like Hitman on your smartphone you might be better served by Republique or next week's Third Eye Crime.

But, taken on its own terms, Hitman GO is a clever and refreshingly original puzzle game that's satisfying to win, and offers enough variation to keep you unlocking levels and moving forward.

It will be too sedate for some. And too simple for others. And there are some annoyances that hold it back like how it's impossible to undo a wrong move.

But if you're up for an intriguing curio and a perfectly mobile-friendly spin-off, you should get on board.
Hitman GO
Reviewer photo
Mark Brown | 17 April 2014
Hitman GO is a smart and satisfying puzzle game, with loads of content and plenty of variation. It's also totally adorable
Have Your Say