The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN & GAMES - JOE GRIF­FIN

STORM THE TRAIN 9 cert, Chillingo/Games Fac­tion, iPad (also iPod Touch, iPhone) It’s ap­pro­pri­ate to have an app game set on a train: com­muter ve­hi­cles and apps are fre­quent bed­fel­lows, af­ter all. Storm the Train is a sim­ple, en­dear­ing and com­pul­sive side-scrolling shooter. Con­trol a choice of three characters as they storm the lo­co­mo­tive, mainly run­ning from left to right and shoot­ing an army of mon­sters along the way. The con­trols are sim­ple but the game is chal­leng­ing, as the hordes of en­e­mies and their bosses start to take their toll. Just as the un­dead in Plants vs Zom­bies are more ap­peal­ing than sin­is­ter, Storm the Train be­lies its B-movie hor­ror premise with cute, funny graph­ics and amus­ing de­tails. For ex­am­ple, the mu­sic changes from old-fash­ioned eerie hor­ror score (for zom­bies and vam­pires) to retro syn­the­siz­ers when you board the killer robot train. You can buy power-ups and en­hance­ments via mi­cro­trans­ac­tions. This di­vert­ing, know­ing and en­gag­ing app game is worth the cover charge.

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