BILL KILLEM ★★★ 17 cert, Chillingo, iPhone (also iPad, iPod Touch)

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

It’s some­what ironic when new tech­nol­ogy is fu­elled by nos­tal­gia. Where would app games be with­out trib­utes to the cul­ture and games of the 1980s and ’90s? For a start, we al­most cer­tainly wouldn’t have Bill Killem, a funny, in­tu­itive and sim­ple app. Re­sem­bling a 16-bit Amiga game, it’s a side scrolling, 2D plat­form shooter. Sprint from left to right, shoot en­e­mies, col­lect clocks (the game is timed), ac­cu­mu­late nifty weapons and avoid lethal ar­chi­tec­ture. Bill’s en­e­mies are mostly aliens, lasers fir­ing down from the sky and buz­z­saws emerg­ing from the ground. The graph­ics are cute and blocky, and the lead char­ac­ter knows how to work an eye­patch and mous­tache. (You can also cus­tomise his ap­pear­ance.) It’s a free to play app with the in­evitable mi­cro-trans­ac­tions for up­grades, though, in fair­ness, coins col­lected in the game can be spent as well. Bill Killem is not much more than a playable, funny, nos­tal­gic dis­trac­tion, but some­times that’s more than enough.

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