Tim Grey
22 July, 2011
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Gameloft, iTunes Store


Great graphics and cut-scenes; excellent music; plenty of fun


Cramped controls



Gameloft has been pushing the envelope with shooters on for iOS with big-ticket titles like Splinter Cell Conviction and N.O.V.A. 2. Edging even closer to a console-style game is 9mm, a gritty gangland third-person shooter that’s among the darkest games on the app store.

In 9mm we’re introduced to John ‘Loose’ Kannon (heh), a bent narc who steals a haul of drug money, thus sparking a gang war. It’s your job to happily waste gangsters and cause merry hell.

9mm ‘borrows’ the bullet-time game mechanic (not to mention the general mood) from Rockstar’s Max Payne, which allows you to slow down time the better to kill people. This is particularly useful given that the iPhone interface is a bit fiddly.

Otherwise, 9mm stretches the iPhone’s capabilities to great effect; the 3D graphics, soundtrack and cut scenes are all incredible. Do be warned, there’s full-on violence, drug use, swearing and plenty of hip hop involved, so don’t download this one for the kids.

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