Dual, a recent addition to the App Store, is an iOS shooter unlike anything weve seen before. This is because instead of pitting gamers against one another in a purely virtual sense, the app uses a wireless connection to allow players to shoot bullets from the screen of one iPhone to another.
Ideally, you need to stand opposite your opponent when embarking on a game of Dual, and youll need to have connected your two handsets together using either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Once this has been done, the real fun can begin. In the app, youre first presented with a small, colorful blob, and you can move this object around using a tilt control system. You can also tap on your iPhones screen in order for this blob to fire off a few bullets, or you can hold down on your handsets screen in order to charge up a particularly powerful shot.
Dual for iOS, running on a pair of iPhone handsets.
Once your friend (or, rather, your foe!) has jumped into the game and your handsets are linked, then the bullets you fire from your iPhone will disappear at the top of your screen and will reappear on the other device. Clever, right? If you aim carefully enough, youll be able to blast your opponent out of the sky and bragging rights will be yours at least until the rematch. Plus, you and your pal dont have to go head-to-head; rather, Dual also features a friendly cooperative mode, too, called Defend. This will set you back a $1.99 in-app purchase (IAP).
The reason we love Dual so much is that it lets gamers have fun on their iPhones together, in person. It reminds me a lot of crowding around a pair of Nintendo GameBoys as kid, with a handful of other friends, embarking on a few head-to-head rounds in Pokmon. In a world that sees most social gaming take place remotely, Dual forces iPhone owners to game together, in the same room, ideally standing face-to-face.
To encourage gamers, Dual supports stats, achievements, and leaderboards; iPhone owners can also collect different color sets unique to their iOS device, and these can be unlocked as gamers partake in further matches. Our only criticism is that the game is a little two-dimensional; more modes and additional content would go down a treat, and we hope Dual receives an update adding this in the near future.
To recap, heres a complete list of features available in the app:
Battle anywhere! Works with bluetooth and wifi.
DUEL – Tilt your phone, dodge bullets, charge, and shoot your friends in this classic duel standoff.
DEFEND – Work together to defend the middle from an onslaught of attackers.
Collectable color sets unique to your device; unlock them all by playing against different people.