Glu Games follows up Contract Killer with Contract Killer 2, a sub-par shooter game which has its bright spots, but Glu’s aggressive “pay-to-play” model is enough to turn even the most seasoned gamer off with stupid and unrealistic game difficulty. Sniper apps used to be all the rage in the iTunes App Store, but as of late there seems to be fewer and fewer awesome shooter games. Unfortunately, Contract Killer 2 does not deliver a quality game, but rather delivers an extremely harsh AI difficulty that bordered on the point of just plain stupid, where at times it took 3 head shots to take out an enemy and 5 to 10 assault rifle shots to take out enemies at close range. At other times, the gameplay was fine with a 1 shot “head shot” kill, as one would expect — the disparity appears to be motivated by an ultra aggressive In App Purchase (IAP) that tries to force players to buy coins and cards to upgrade guns and buy items. Even then, the items burn through very fast. A new trend in many aggressive IAP models is to start the IAP’s at $2.99 and up — which completely turns me off — and Glu follows this trend in this game.
Bright spots include brief moments of fun sniper action and melee game types, but there were more poor instances of wonky graphics that get weird as you run through objects, and just plain horrible up-close gun battles. The up-close gun battles suffer due to the bad touch control setup for the assault rifle. The sniper rifle does not operate as badly, but it’s not fantastic. Another trick you will find in this game is that you will fly through all Chapter 1 Contracts, but suddenly in Chapter 2 you get stuck much quicker, and again, the motive appears to be money. Glu Games appears to be on pace to out Zynga Zynga with their extreme IAP models that don’t benefit consumers, and our advice would be to be cautious when playing any Glu Game title because their IAP model is working quite well. At the time of this posting, this game is the #41 overall grossing app in the iTunes iPhone App Store and #40 in the iTunes iPad App Store.
We would love to see Glu implement a more user friendly IAP model that not only benefited them, but the consumer as well. See for yourself by watching our Contract Killer 2 iPad App Video Review for look at this iOS Universal Games app.
Contract Killer 2 iPad App Details
Title: Contract Killer 2
Size: 360.9 MB
Developer: Glu Games Inc.
Store: iTunes App Store
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Contract Killer 2 iPad App Developer Description
NOTE: THE iPod touch (4th generation) IS NOT CURRENTLY SUPPORTED. New update coming soon with support.
Optimized for the iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation) !
You are Jack Griffin, the ultimate Contract Killer. Experience an intense, international storyline combining long-range kill shots and close-range melee attacks. To survive in this line of work, you have to sneak your way in, shoot your way out!
1ST-PERSON SNIPER CONTRACTS
Use scopes and silencers to conduct long-range assassinations
3RD-PERSON ASSAULT CONTRACTS
Use cover and stealth to sneak up on your enemies and perform devastating melee attacks or just blast away! It’s your choice.
FREQUENT KILLER CLUB CARD
Complete dozens of unique Challenges to earn titles, badges, and big rewards.
HUGE VARIETY OF OBJECTIVES
Assassinate high-profile targets, Eliminate all enemies at street level, Survive sudden ambushes, Defuse hidden bombs, and Ghost your way through enemy lines.
CUSTOMIZABLE WEAPON KIT
Upgrade weapons with scopes, silencers, and magazines and outfit Jack with throwing knives, body armor, and brass knuckles.
Contract Killer 2 is free to play, but you can choose to pay real money for some extra items, which will charge your iTunes account. You can disable in-app purchasing by adjusting your device settings.
➤ iPod touch (5th generation) now supported
➤ New Bullet Cam
➤ Bug fixes and other improvements to game performance