Number One First-Person Shooter On Facebook Takes On Tablets

With more than 10 million monthly players between Facebook and the Mac app store, Cmune's UberStrike is one of the most popular first-person shooters you may have never heard of. Today's free-to-play move to iPad and Tegra 3 tablets should make it a little harder to ignore.

It'll be interesting to see how more discerning tablet gamers react to UberStrike, a highly capable but not very pretty first-person shooter, especially considering they'll be playing with touch controls against folks doing it up mouse-and-keyboard style. I would think a touch-based control scheme, no matter how advanced, would be inferior to traditional FPS controls. Cmune co-founder and UberStrike chief architect Shaun Lelacheur Sales tells us it's a pretty close battle.

"We were worried tablet players would get crushed by web players so we segregated servers to protect tablet players. But during recent tests at tablet LAN parties with the agile control scheme we designed, iPad and Android users could hold their ground fairly well! A few more steps in that direction and we will have a truly cross-platform game."

I hopped on the iPad version earlier today, and found myself in a gigantic map meant for eight players (the game recommends mobile players stick to a max of six for stability's sake). I saw maybe one of my opponents the entire time I played -- this was a really large map.

I did manage to kill that one person twice, so the game shows promise.

Get UberStrike on iPad or Tegra 3 and try it out for yourself.


Comments

    As you say; I have never heard of it; that said TO THE APP STORE!

      Alrighty; so I have been playing it for a little while and it's VERY free to play... If that's a term; there are 6 odd classes of weapon; melee handgun beam etc and of the rifle selection 4 are buy able with in game money and the other 10 require real money to unlock; unlocks work or a 1 day or 1 week rental or the equivalent of $10 to unlock the weapon forever; the game really favours paying players who get extra health and a one hit kill melee weapon quickly I unloaded a full loadout of ammo into one of these character before I got one hit killed and it was little frustrating... Seems like an ok ish game but anyone who is a paying player will steamroll you; that said its not hard to dominate other free players by bum rushing them and spraying and praying; controls don't allow for accurate shooting on the iPad; so protip is to grab the double hp/armour in some levels and spray and pray while running at the baddies!

    >Is a free-to-play web based Facebook game
    >STILL LOOKS BETTER THAN COD

    "...during recent tests at tablet LAN parties with the agile control scheme we designed, iPad and Android users could hold their ground fairly well! A few more steps in that direction and we will have a truly cross-platform game."

    Not that it would surprise me, but the Facebook gamers must be pretty shit if they can't wipe the floor with someone using godawful touch screen controls.

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