Make it in one piece!
Bomb Survivor is exactly what its name describes it to be – it’s a game where you move your running soldier forward and back to avoid a barrage of bombs and a maniacal minefield, on your trek to rescue at a distant chopper. This app is a simple game that has you tapping your guy left and right, up and down so you can make it in one piece and master a level.
When you first download the app and play, it allows you to start off with a basic level uniform and 100 points. These are called “health” points, probably representing how “alive” you are. As you play, you get more coins and points, which can be used to acquire different uniforms, players, etc. You may be able to revive yourself more often, as well.
Bomb Survivor plays only in landscape, for a good reason. The main screen contains four bombs that are icons to other screens. From here you can select online Help, online Support, an in-app Store and Play. The first step to playing is selecting a uniform, or essentially, a player. As you play and rack up coins and “health”, you have more options to choose from in terms of uniforms and playing schemes. If you choose, you can even purchase a new uniform. The coins and points also allow for more challenges and options, which make further game play more interesting. As is, the game can get too easy very fast.
To play, the game starts with a soldier running across the battlefield, in search of the chopper that will save him. The soldier and game run in one direction, left. You can move the soldier to the right to avoid bombs, and have him jump up and left or up and right, using the upper two arrows. However, in general, the game moves towards the left, the final resting point of the chopper. You dash to avoid bombs that fall from the sky from random planes that fly overhead. Level 1 does not have mines, so the game lets you start off simple and work to master just the left and right arrows. Once you reach the chopper, you’re swooped up and flown away to safety. As you dodge bombs, you also collect points, which give you life and coins to spend.
The game starts off at a fast pace, so it takes a few rounds at the starting level to get the hang of it, at least for me. The Help was online, so I skipped it. Maybe if I had read it, I would have figured out early on that there were four arrows to tap, instead of just two. Initially, I could only make out the bottom two, due to graphics. It did not occur to me that the two arrows on each side of the screen were meant for jumps. Having this explained better would make the game more initially appealing. If you are looking for a simple game, Bomb Survivor is the one. More for kids is what I would say, as it would certainly keep them busy for at least the time it takes to get through the checkout line.