Trigger Fist (universal) by Lake Effect Applications is a multiplayer shooter in the vein of Counter Strike – something many iOS fans have wanted to play. Complete with robust upgrades and online and offline modes, Fist also features one of the coolest objects I’ve ever seen in this genre: a goat backpack.
All animal-based appendages aside, Trigger Fist is pretty standard fare for multiplayer shooters: there are four different modes to play, either online through Bluetooth or Game Center, or offline against advanced AI. Each of them throws up to eight players in either free-for-all, or team-based modes like King of the Hill and Team Deathmatch. Sacred Goat is the fourth, and features the aforementioned goat backpack – a nice touch for what is essentially a hot potato style team game.
A sticking point for most shooters are their controls – especially those focused on online play – but the swipe and tap system in Fist works fantastic. It’s responsive and surprisingly easy to grasp, mainly because of the design choice to eliminate the need to look up and down to aim – a big detractor from other games that require that much precision.
It keeps things fairly simplified, and unlike many other shooter games, novice players won’t find themselves stuck in a corner, staring at the ceiling with no idea how to move. I really enjoyed the swiping system for ducking and covering, with simple swipes up and down allowing players to find cover quickly. It’s a good thing, because it only takes one or two shots be killed, so life is always a precious thing.
The game’s robust upgrade system for everything from weapons to perks gives a lot of incentive to play both online and off, playing with one of three different characters, each with their own advantage. There isn’t a ton of difference between the basic weapons and the most expensive, but players will quickly find out playing online that having multiple weapons available to approach matches with some strategy can be helpful.
Visually, there’s nothing breathtaking about the game’s small maps and nondescript player models, but everything is clean, with lots of little lighting and background touches in each of them. The most impressive technical aspect of the game are definitely the offline AI bots, which can be really difficult to beat, forcing players to think on their feet and watch their back. It might be a little frustrating for players at first, but considering the competition already burning up the online servers, it’s a pretty great boot camp to hone one’s skills.
Fans of arena shooters are going to enjoy Trigger Fist, a robust, fast-paced game that is as enjoyable online as it is off. It might not be the best game for novices of the genre, but its worth a download for anyone yearning for some classic multiplayer mayhem.