Is a man not en­ti­tled to play con­sole games on his iPad?

Mac Format - - RATED | IOS APPS - £10.49 De­vel­oper Take-Two In­ter­ac­tive, Works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Ver­sion 1.0.5 Age 17+ At­mo­spheric, tense ac­tion Bril­liantly de­signed and crafted Graph­ics low res and sim­pli­fied Touch con­trols are poor

BioShock is a mod­ern clas­sic on Mac (and most other plat­forms) and though it was first re­leased in 2006, its com­ing to iOS de­vices her­alds a big step for­ward for higher-end 3D games from the con­sole world on iPhones and iPads.

Tak­ing place in the im­pos­si­ble un­der­wa­ter city of Rap­ture, BioShock is one of the most at­mo­spheric games ever, mix­ing first-per­son shooter ac­tion, slow-burn­ing ten­sion, hor­ror and phi­los­o­phy deftly as it goes. It’s a mas­ter­ful piece of de­sign, and an ut­terly en­gross­ing spec­ta­cle, from the mys­te­ri­ous and terrifying open­ing through to some mag­nif­i­cent twists. You nav­i­gate what re­mains of the city, an at­tempt at cre­at­ing a utopia that now lies col­lapsed and derelict, try­ing to sur­vive its re­main­ing in­hab­i­tants. Most fa­mous and dan­ger­ous is the hulk­ing sil­hou­ette of ev­ery Big Daddy – dev­as­tat­ing guardians to the small girls who carry the ge­netic ma­te­rial you need to gain in or­der to get the strength to sur­vive Rap­ture.

How­ever, it does lose some­thing on iPad. Though the game is here in full, we couldn't help but no­tice how low-res it is. Com­bined with the smaller screen, it does lose a bit of that won­der­ful at­mos­phere. The touch con­trols don’t help here, ei­ther – they’re pass­able, but are of­ten in the way, or too far away from each other. If you don’t have an iOS games con­troller and have played it be­fore, you can give it a miss here, re­ally. If you do, this is still BioShock. Still stun­ningly crafted, still deep and shock­ing, still ex­cel­lent. But per­haps not quite at its best. Matt Bolton

BioShock re­mains bril­liant in its de­sign and at­mos­phere, but it suf­fers in this port, es­pe­cially with­out a games con­troller.

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