You wouldn’t think that you could overkill something three times. Overkill 3 has just launched on the App Store though, delivering a new mobile centric shooter. The third installment transitions the game from a first person shooter to third person shooter to give you more of the overall scene. The 3D graphics engine has also been enhanced with finely detailed environments, though the looks are on par with iOS shooters we have seen before. The major emphasis of Overkill 3 is creating a third person shooter that is made to be played on the go with touch screen devices.
Overkill 3 features a simple control scheme in which you drag your finger on the left side of the screen to aim, and then tap the fire button. That’s all there is to it, because movement has been taken out of the equation. You sit in one spot, and try to defeat every enemy before you run out of health with the additional option to duck into cover and reload. The game is a bit reminiscent of Epoch as a cover based shooter, but simplified since you can’t move between cover points, and instead your character is in a fixed position. There’s an expansive single player campaign to play through with all of the levels revolving around just pointing and shooting with different weapons at your disposal and varying targets to aim at.
Each of the levels in Overkill 3 are designed to be short, so that you can easily jump in and out and play one or two in short bursts. The gameplay flow lends itself to an arcade type shooter of moving your aim from target to target, and taking out anything that moves. Overkill 3 is definitely on the simple side, and consequently can become quite repetitive. Even though the mechanic is simple, the game can be quite challenging with the number, position, and power of the enemies. Part of the challenge arises from the constant push for upgrades to fit in with the free to play model. You can enjoy quite a bit for free, but the law of diminishing returns is definitely at play with the exponential increase in upgrade costs to handle the new upgrades that are practically necessary to handle the increase in difficulty. Through it all, Overkill 3 delivers simplified fun that hits its objective in making a third person shooter for mobile devices. The gameplay is watered down with some oppressive in-app purchase items at times, but it still delivers an entertaining shooter.
Overkill 3 (Free, Universal) tries to walk a delicate balance of challenge, accessibility, core shooter gameplay, and free to play mechanics, and pulls it off well enough to make it worth your time.