A few days ago I told you about a new mobile game called A Thug in Time, a top down shooter that combines action, over the top violence and time travel all in one little package. A Thug in Time was released on the 16th July for Android and iOS devices at the fantastically cheap price of completely free, a price that we can all get behind.
I downloaded it for my iPhone, ready to take those first few steps into relatively unknown territory for me, the world of the action mobile game. I generally go for the slower, less manic type of mobile game. Something that’s not going to have the effect of making me look like I’m having a ‘problem’ as I play the game on the bus. Everything deserves a chance though right, so here it is.
Let’s start with A Thug in Times control system, purely because it is often the controls for action mobile games that frustrate me the most. You have two virtual joypads, one at each bottom corner. The d-pad on the left controls your gun-wielding chappies movement, while the D-pad on the right controls the direction that your chappie shoots. So as long as you control your thumbs independently, then you’ll do OK in this game. I think that most of the trouble I have had with this control method previously is only down to inexperience because after a while I got the hang of it, my thumbs stopped sliding off the controls, and I got the hang of the dual control thing. So, after that directionless ramble, it’s safe to conclude that the control method is what you need for a game like this.
Each level in A Thug in Time sees your hero traversing one of the four time-spanning areas (Viking-Age, Wild West, 1930’s mob infested Chicago and modern-day New York). You are directed through the levels to glowing red switches, which when shot will open up barriers previously closed to you. Then all you have to do is make it to the teleporter, ensuring you bring with you enough energy for the machine that can help save the world. Oh, did I mention the throngs of weapon-wielding baddies determined to put a crimp in your day. Well, they just keep coming. Don’t stop and try to clear the screen, because more will come, and they’ll eventually sap your energy and take you down.
There are a large variety of enemies wielding a variety of weapons, there are knives, battle axes, guns, rocket launchers, flame-throwers, you name it someone’s holding it and trying to hurt you with it.
The graphics are OK, I mean they’re not going to blow your mind, but there’s a lot going on and I didn’t see any graphical slow-down, stuttering or glitches which is a lot more important in a game like this than crystal clear graphics.
So Thug in Time is?
It’s a tricky one, because mobile shooter games don’t naturally appeal to me. However, the graphics are smooth, and the control method is simple enough. A Thug in Time is certainly very playable, but only time will tell if it has the staying power to keep you coming back to play it for months on end but it’s free so you can make up your own mind. You can download it from the Apple store here and from Google Play here.