Review ARCHERY 3D
3D archery target practice in an ancient setting
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 04 May 2017, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Quality 3D graphics, simple controls
Needs to be elaborated, inconvenient to play on a small screen, bad controls, boring game play
Archery 3D for Android is an archer’s sharpshooter game that seems to take place in ancient times. The play takes skill and patience and works pretty well for the most part.
Archery 3D is decent fun. The concept is very simple; you are a warrior in a medieval type setting, and you are honing your skills with some target practice. The levels start out simply enough; just shoot at stationary bull’s eye targets. But as the levels advance, things soon become more difficult; placing targets on moving platforms and spinning obstacles. It all seems to stay within the ancient feel, but does get quite elaborate. All that’s visible of the archer onscreen are his arms and his bow in the foreground, while the targets and obstacles are in the background.
The simplicity of the controls is excellent; the accuracy, however, is another story. Just touch the screen to draw your bow, then slide your finger to aim at targets. When you think you've got the aim right, just let go to shoot the arrow. The arrows explode on impact, which is visually satisfying. However, there’s no way (that I saw) to release the bow without firing once it is drawn; making it impossible to make any adjustments one you take aim. Sometimes the calibration gets really jittery and it’s hard to aim with any real precision. But other than accuracy and subtlety, the controls seem to function well enough.
The graphics are very good and do look 3D with excellent depth perception. The sounds are a little sparse, but app soundtracks tend to grate on my nerves quickly, so maybe the lack of any real soundtrack is a bonus here. Naturally, you can upgrade to better bows for virtual coin. It’s kind of a meaningless feature in a game like this; developing accurate controls would be a better thing to focus on rather than the obligatory coins for upgrades tact.
Archery 3D is ok. I think it will get boring pretty quick though. A straight out target practice app is fine, however if that’s all your app is about, then the controls at least need to be precise and playable. The app is ok, but nothing great. It’ll entertain for a little while.