Archers: Bowman’s Battle Free

24 04 2009

Archers: Bowman’s Battle Free (from Wings for Cats) is a game that has been on the Top 5 Free Apps list on iTunes for a week or so now.  I actually only came across it because I wanted to download a few more apps in the hopes that I would win the big 1 Billion Apps Downloaded giveaway.  Apparently some 13 year old from Connecticut won the grand prize… Really?? What is he going to do with all that stuff??  I’ll bet he skipped school just to sit home and download apps all day… OK… ok… going to just let it go.

I downloaded Archers mainly because it was free, and as previously stated hoped to win the grand prize,  but have been pleasantly surprised with this simple game.  The basics are you and another archer (either another human player or the computer) are positioned across a field from each other.  The object is simply to hit the other player with your arrows.  Now, this sounds violent, and to certain extent it is, but there is no blood, only a few groans when hit with an arrow.  They are essentially simple stick figures who were bored and escaped some parking signs.

The controls are simple.  To shoot an arrow you touch a point on the screen away from your archer then drag your finger back to adjust the trajectory and power.  Let go and see how close (or not) to your target you got.  It’s a guessing game until you get locked in.  You take turns shooting.  Hitting certain areas of the body do inflict more damage.  For each new game the distance between you and your target changes.

You are given the option between a Bow or a Crossbow.  I don’t know that there is a difference gameplay-wise, but you can check that out for yourself.  You can also choose from 5 different colors for your Archer.

If impaling a stick figure is just too much for your senses then you will be happy to know there is a practice mode that will allow you to shoot a standard archery target. The game does not have any music to annoy you with, just the sounds of a lovely spring day with birds chirping and arrows sailing through the air.

I have really enjoyed goofing around with this game and for the price you can’t beat the entertainment value.  A few things I would like to see are a scoring mode for hitting the practice target, a way to move the target so you can practice from various distances, and a variety of backgrounds.  Perhaps a castle or a shrubbery…

Archers: Bowman’s Battle Free




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