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Cartoon Wars Gunner: Updated, On Sale and a Second Opinion

Blue GNC‘s Cartoon Wars – Gunner received an update just before the new year, and is temporarily on 50% sale for $0.99. Released mid-December, Cartoon Wars – Gunner is one of the iPhone’s premiere stick-figure action titles, and was rated a Buy when Daniel reviewed the game late last year.

The 1.01 update made significant improvements to the game’s controls. The new controls are intuitive, responsive and very well suited to the gameplay; big win.

Blue GNC has also announced a 1.02 update in the works, which will include new weapons, new enemies and a new Rush mode.

My take on the game is extremely positive, especially with the version 1.01 control revision. The enemies are simply but effectively designed and animated, with quite a bit of variety and personality. With accumulated gold from combat, there are eleven weapons to purchase and upgrade, and ten character attributes to improve, giving you plenty to think about as you develop your character. Each of your weapons comes equipped with a handful of skills to be unlocked via upgrades, including healing, area attacks and various character buffs.

The gist of the game is in blowing away hoards of mono-eyed assailants with your diverse arsenal of weaponry. Where the game stands apart from others of the like, however, is in the strategy of character progression. Gold fuels all of your improvements, and so you must decide where to spend it: improving your stats, purchasing new weapons, or upgrading weapons already in your possession to unlock skills and increase their effectiveness. And because you can carry only three weapons into combat, it’s important to choose your arms with some strategy in mind, ensuring that you bring along the skills necessary for survival. When in good health, for example, I like to fight using weapons that increase my gold and/or MP gain; but it would be foolhardy to rush into combat without carrying a weapon that allows healing. The weapons you wield also have undocumented attributes, such as movement speed, rate of fire and whether or not you can move while firing, all of which can play into your selection process.

Also impressive is the number of opponents that can flood the screen at any given time without a performance hit.

My only gripes against Cartoon Wars – Gunner are the generic techno soundtrack, which gets old quickly, and the necessity to manually save your game between stages.

I’ve been drawing stick-figures since childhood. With guns, with swords, in robots, in spaceships, in tanks, fighting monsters like giant stick-figure cats and winged stick-figure dragons. Cartoon Wars – Gunner is my drawings come to life! The art direction is remarkably similar to my own stick-figures, and the game allows them to do what I always imagined they would.

On the surface, Cartoon Wars – Gunner appears to be nothing more than a brainless and repetitive shooter. Beneath that surface, however, are layers of depth bolstering the experience to greatness. While the original Cartoon Wars fell somewhat flat for me, Cartoon Wars – Gunner is an action game I recommend without hesitation. With yet more additions and improvements already in the pipeline, there’s plenty to look forward to, and my curiosity is definitely piqued for future episodes in the Cartoon Wars series. If you have only one stick-figure shooter on your iPhone, I reckon this is the one.

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.


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.


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.