Platform: iPhone - iPad - Android
Stars and Stripes! Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty on the iOS
Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty is the first game on the iOS that focuses on Steve Rogers. The game is set in his early years as the Captain -decades before the events of the Avengers and pits him against the forces of Hydra. The game combines running mechanics and a simplified combat to bring the all-American hero to life -which is quite fitting of his abilities. Too bad the game lacks plenty of detail and content to provide a deep gaming experience. Instead we get a nice little made-for-fans app that will be good fun for at least a couple of games.
Control clumsiness is the main culprit here, which is a shame since Captain America's fighting prowess is more about tactical punches and a ricocheting shield than it is a mad brawl. Maybe it's the touch screen input, or maybe it is the lack of button controls -either way, the game fails to provide responsive controls, much less a smooth transition between the character animations. That aside, the game is still quite playable -you could just pretend that this is one of Steve's first missions and he is still getting the hang of things.
Art wise, there is no denying the fact that watching the animated comic panels that appear in between chapters is fun. Though it could use some dialogue -either some subtitles or word balloons; which will help fill in the story, as opposed to guessing what pantomime the characters are playing at. That being said, Captain America's in-game voice clips sound pretty solid, and we truly wish there was more of that in the game itself.
Overall, Sentinel of Liberty is a game most definitely made for the fans. If you liked the Marvel movies and appreciated the idea of a human being enhanced to his maximum potential running around beating up the bad guys, then this game should be easy to take in. Those who would want something a little more precise might want to consider the non-comic based alternative runner: Mirror's Edge (it all boils down to the type of experience you prefer). That said, Captain America's first major gig on the iOS is a definite must try. If the movies do well (which is quite likely), we can expect a sequel to this game. And with additional gameplay polish, better graphics, and more content, it will certainly be something to look forward to.