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  • Summary: The best fragging deal on iPhone® and iPod touch: Intense multiplayer FPS that unleashes a new breed of mayhem.

    The best fragging deal is also one of the best fragging games: Archetype delivers a high quality console-style FPS experience on iPhone or iPod touch. No gimmicks, no tricks:
    iPWNAGE IS JUST $2.99.

    • OPTIMIZED for iPHONE 4: Takes full advantage of Retina Display with HIGHER RESOLUTION weapons, textures and crisper on-screen HUD. Headshots never looked so good!


    • TEAM BATTLES ACROSS 5 MAPS with 6 WEAPONS (including the Battle and Precision Rifles, rapid-fire AutoMag, shotgun, missile launcher, and brutal melee axe) plus 2 grenade types

    • PRECISE DUAL JOYSTICK-STYLE CONTROLS: Master the tight controls in seconds

    • RANK UP by earning EXP for winning games, earning any one of dozens of medals, and more!

    • INSTANTLY ADD and CHALLENGE BUDDIES: Start a deathmatch in seconds

    • TRACK ENEMIES via on-screen RADAR

    • MELEE WITH ANY GUN by tapping the on-screen radar

    • CUSTOMIZE your gameplay: Invert aim axis, set aim sensitivity, hide on-screen joysticks, even turn off auto-fire!

    • Hone your skills with OFFLINE TUTORIAL mode

    • iPWNAGE via Wi-Fi, 3G, or even Edge—take a console-style FPS experience on the go

    Hardware requirements:

    Network Connection Required. A 3G or WiFi connection is recommended for best gameplay experience.

    Publisher: Villain, LLC
    Developer: MunkyFun, Inc
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jan 27, 2011
    Refined in nearly every way, Archetype is one of the best first-person shooters on the platform.
  2. Jan 27, 2011
    Archetype delivers one of the most robust, beautiful, and most importantly fun FPS experiences that can be had on the iPhone.
  3. Jan 27, 2011
    Archetype is a great little multiplayer shooter, perfect for jumping in and out of a few times a day to satisfy (virtual) bloodlust. And, in my experience, it works well both over-the-air and via WiFi.
  4. Jan 27, 2011
    Given the technical quality and the excellent matchmaking, Archetype is definitely worth a try for all FPS fans out there. The controls are great, the action is fluid and there is a good number of well-balanced weapons. The matches via Wi-Fi work very well and we experienced very few latency problems. Unfortunately, you can only play team deathmatch on five maps, so the game becomes repetitive very soon.
  5. Jan 27, 2011
    Archetype is a great-looking and fun shooter, but it has improvements to make before becoming the essential iPhone shooter.
  6. Jan 27, 2011
    On one hand: good controls and decent match-making. On the other: boring levels and some connection issues.
  7. Jan 27, 2011
    Once you strip down the game to its bare core and reveal it in its true form, you get a relatively smooth online FPS with one gameplay mode. Poor animations add to the list along with the fact that replay value is limited, making for quite mediocre online play.

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