Games reviewed in 10 straight-to-the-point questions.
Game: Hitman Sniper
Platform: Android, iOS
Time to beat: Around 5 hours
Q1: Who’s this videogame for?
Hitman Sniper is a mobile game where you play as Agent 47, a bald assassin with a tattooed barcode on the back of his head. In this game Agent 47 is armed with a sniper rifle and through his scope you have to point and shoot.
This game is mainly for fans of the Hitman series (I count myself as one which is why I bought the game) and for casual gamers who don’t want to commit to a full Hitman game.
Q2: What’s the story like, and does it require any pre-existing knowledge?
There really is no story to the game. You play the same level over and over again, called Montenegro, and your mission objectives each time you play it change: different targets, different ways of killing them (accident, headshot, moving…). And that’s pretty much it, you revisit Montenegro and have to do something different each time. In-between missions you can upgrade your weapon with the in-game (or real!) money.
There’s also a second map called Death Valley that has some zombies in it, but I just played it once…
Q3: What’s the learning curve like?
Point, shoot and reload. That’s the core of the gameplay. You can hold your breath which stabilizes the scope and you can zoom in and out as well. The only slightly tricky thing is that you have to time your shots well because the bullet needs to travel the distance from your location to the target, which can take a second or so (you actually see the bullet travelling which is very cool!). For example, on a moving target you have to shoot a little ahead of them for the bullet to land.
Some weapons have additional perks like give you the ability to see through walls or interrupt security’s comms. All you have to do is tap those buttons whenever you want to use these perks and that’s it.
Q4: What are the controls like?
You basically tap for everything except the zoom (use two fingers like any other app) and moving the scope where you slide your finger across the screen.
Q5: Does it have split-screen?
Q6: How’s the online component?
You can link the game to your Facebook page and see how you rank compared to your friends, but other than that there is no online component. It’s a perfect game for flights.
Q7: How’s the presentation?
The graphics are great and they change the look of the level depending on the season, for example Montenegro is decorated for Christmas. Also, it’s a large map so there’s always something happening in a corner somewhere. The music is fantastic as well.
However, the fact that the same level plays over and over again is a little tiresome after a while. You know exactly where a person is going to be so it takes away part of the thrill. But then again, the mission objectives continuously challenge you to find different and creative ways of taking out targets. There’s also a second map called Death Valley about zombies, but I don’t find this fits well within the Hitman series…
Q8: What are similar games / alternatives you’d recommend?
Hitman Go is another mobile game from the Hitman series which is great and I highly recommend. And of course, you can take the next step and try the new rebooted Hitman game or Hitman 2 which is coming out very soon!
Also, there are other sniping games for mobiles like Contract Killer: Sniper. Finally, the Sniper Elite series would be a clear alternative if you like to take the sniping action to another level.
Q9: Anything you wish you knew before going in?
Not really, this is a fun casual game. Everything you need to know you pick up along the way.
Q10: Should I buy it?
If you like Hitman and sniping games, then yes. Also if you are a casual gamer and want to try out something a little different than Fruit Ninja or Candy Crush. It’s going for less than a dollar at the moment so you can’t go too wrong if you buy it.
7 out of 10 one-shot-kills