The Diehard movie series was one the greatest series of action movies that graced cinemas worldwide. Watching the un-killable protagonist mow down rows upon enemies in all his blazing glory left many stunned and open mouthed and so it comes as no surprise such a game would materialize soon enough. Now it’s possible to get the same experience on your iOS device.
The game starts as the player is placed in the shoes of not John McClane as many may have been hoping, but his son Jack Mclane. This may be a little disappointing, but it’s not the end of the world.
The game mixes a style of endless running gameplay that many players have seen in titles such as Temple Run, and an aim and shoot component. So basically, the player is running on and on through different levels and has to shoot down enemies as they appear which in this case are mean looking Russians.
At first, the game is pretty engaging and the quick to respond controls as well as the enjoyable gameplay draw the player in first up. Swiping across the screen makes the player switch one of the three lanes whereas swiping upwards causes Jack to leap over obstacles. However, the added facet of having to shoot down enemies at the same time is what makes Die Hard really stand out as one must aim and fire while at the same time reloading through a downward swipe.
Killing an enemy will result in them dropping coins which are pretty satisfying to collect. There are rubies that lie scattered across the ground and must be collected for upgrades and there are bucks. Bucks are only gained in the quantity of 10 per level and are used for purchasing the ever important check points but this is where everything goes downhill.
To be more specific, everything soon turns into a long grind with no end in sight. The same enemies have to be shot down again and again with the very same faces and spewing the same cheesy one liners that the player will grow to loathe. Next, there is currency that must be collected repeatedly for better weapons.
The fact that it is possible to change characters in game by walking over a certain object serves to alleviate some of the boredom. These characters bring with them better and upgraded weaponry as well as providing a more appeal thanks to displaying something different. However, the variety here too is pretty scarce as there are only two different characters to be played besides Jack McClane, so that monotony sets in yet again.
The app features full 3D graphics and textures that will serve to provide an immersive experience for the player. The textures are overall pretty detailed and attractive but there are certain pitfalls here too. For one, the animations for the various enemies and even the main character are a little stiff and robotic so that the realism factor goes out the window and deaths start to seem comical and unreal. Still, the visuals for the weapons are pretty appealing but yet again, when viewing them in the customization screen, there are problems. When rotating the model, Jack sometimes has a fit and starts twitching and jerking in some pretty strange ways that again kill the mood.
Overall, the app can be termed as a success, at least during the initial phase. It isn’t a bad game but could do with a few improvements, such as making upgrades available without in-app purchases.
Die Hard is now free for download from App Store.
Do let us know if you try it out.