Cartoon Wars Gunner Review: Stick Figure Mania

Stick figures have almost always been used in games whether in simple flash games or totally blown out iPhone games.  Of course, Cartoon Wars Gunner adapts the flash game skin with stick figure animations, graphics, and best of all: stick figure action.  I’m a big fan of stick figure action, and Cartoon Wars Gunner doesn’t seem to fail.  For $0.99, you should receive quite a bargain as it improves upon the design of Cartoon Wars and offers a seemingly more balanced gameplay.

Likes

Graphics: The stick figure graphics weren’t too bad at all, and the backgrounds were pretty well done also.  Like I said before, I love stick figures and stick figure animation.  BLUE GNC did a good job of creating the stick figures along with the stick enemy types, making Cartoon Wars Gunner truly look like stick figure action at its highest.

Enemy Types: There are a ton of enemy types in Cartoon Wars Gunner, and the variety was quite welcoming.  You’ll find anywhere between a man wielding a dagger to a man wielding a two-handed broadsword.  Of course, there’s all the other enemy types including bats, weird rock-like figures, and other beasts and creatures from below, and I definitely found the variety quite welcoming.

Upgrades: The amount of upgrades in this game is quite overwhelming, with the ability to upgrade your stats or your weaponry.  You have the choice between 16 different weapon upgrades and 10 different stats to upgrade.  It should take you quite a while to update everything, and you also have the ability to upgrade each weapon to a certain level.  And like I said before, it’ll take you hours before you upgrade everything.

Animations: Stick figure animations aren’t exactly difficult to create, but BLUE GNC did a good job of recreating the animations on the iPhone.  You shouldn’t see anything really out of place, and the animations are well done.

Dislikes

Repetitive: As with all flash games, simple games, casual games, etc., they get repetitive.  Cartoon Wars Gunner ultimately did become repetitive due to the massive amount of upgrades and the simple gameplay mechanics, and you shouldn’t exactly play this for 2 hours straight.  I’m going to guess this game was made more for short pick-up-and-play times, and it isn’t a game that hardcore gamers will truly enjoy.

Controls: The controls aren’t exactly bad, but they’re not good.  Let’s just say they could have been better.  The joystick worked fine, but the firing button was a little sluggish with both left and right arrows instead of just one.  It would be nice if they fixed it, but it shouldn’t hinder the gameplay much.

BLUE GNC knows how to make iPhone games, and Cartoon Wars Gunner is a clear example.  Whilst playing I couldn’t help but realize the resemblance between flash game and iPhone game, and it’s really a well done game.  If you’re a fan of killing time, then Cartoon Wars Gunner should be your answer.  I had fun with the game, and I’m not going to doubt that you will too.

Cartoon Wars Gunner was developed by BLUE GNC, and I played through version 1.0 on my iPhone 3GS.  The price is $0.99.


About Daniel

I have been an iPhone game addict ever since the NES emulator came out on the 1.1.4 iPhone 2G. After 2.0 and the App Store came out, my iPhone homescreen has never been the same. Other than writing reviews for App Store games, I play soccer/football, American football, volleyball, and golf. I love going to the beach and fishing on the pier. Some games not available on iPhone/iPod Touch that I truly love are the Call of Duty series, Guitar Hero III, Madden NFL 09, and PGR: Gotham Racing.

3 thoughts on “Cartoon Wars Gunner Review: Stick Figure Mania

  1. I’ve just today finally gotten around to playing this game, and I’m really enjoying it. I totally disagree with you on the controls; I think they work quite well, and I like the directional firing button, as it allows you to fire in the direction opposite your running. Character designs are simple, but well executed, and the amount of things to upgrade is rather overwhelming (in a good way). My only gripe is the generic techno soundtrack. Otherwise, I’m thinking this is the best stick-figure action to be had.

  2. Actually, looking now at the above screenshots, it seems the directional firing controls have been improved via game updates since publishing your review. Have you tried the updated controls yet?

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