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Cylons. The Terminator. Gort. Johnny 5. Science fiction seems more than a little obsessed with the idea of murderous automatons, and with good reason: it works. Newcomer developer Uppercut Games has taken the trope to mobile gaming with EPOCH, a post-apocalyptic shooter that does away with the humans altogether (to make room for more robots). The Unreal Engine powers this graphical beast, and it's available for $4.99 for all devices - or at least the ones that can handle it.

The gameplay is a curious mix of the cover-based, over-the-shoulder shooting that's become so common in the console world and reactive, gesture-driven combat, a la Infinity Blade. You control a single android who's always behind cover, jumping up to shoot, ducking down to hide and reload, and zipping around the landscape like a diesel-powered ninja. The game's story spans ten stages, though you'll probably need to replay them a few times at higher difficulties to advance. Killing other robots lets you upgrade your own frame and weapons.

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The Unreal 3 engine is put to good work here, as in games like Real Boxing and Wild Blood. While the game will install on anything running Gingerbread or higher, you'll want at least a Tegra 3/Snapdragon S4 processor or better to get full access to the visual splendor.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.breszkovics Dániel Breszkovics

    Wow, this is so original!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Dye/575025297 Mike Dye

    These kind of games are so dumb. Getting old really fast

  • http://twitter.com/s99nj S. Ali

    Why do developers bother making these games, they are terrible on mobile platforms.

  • Himmat Singh

    "While the game will install on anything running Gingerbread or higher,
    you'll want at least a Tegra 3/Snapdragon S4 processor or better to get
    full access to the visual splendor."

    Hmm, really? This was released back in 2011 for iOS for the 3GS and above.

    • Himmat Singh

      Also, saying that the UE3 is put to good work here is a bit suspect. The visuals are pretty outdated when compared to Wild Blood or Real Boxing...

      • http://twitter.com/EightRooks Matthew Lee

        Technically, maybe. But the art design is still top-notch, and Gameloft are terrible at optimising their tech - Modern Combat 4 and Wild Blood look distinctly lo-fi on a Nexus 10 (Glu are far, far better in this regard). Anyway, loved it on iOS, will happily buy it again to play on a bigger screen... though I can't help thinking the premium price point is not going to do them any favours with the general Android user. (I mean, you've already got people here saying "So original!" when AFAIK this was one of the first games of its kind.)

        • Himmat Singh

          Selling it at this price point will do them no favours of course, what with the iOS version selling for $2.99 and that this has got a fair amount of IAPs scattered in it.

          But you're right, this was amongst the first games of its kind on mobile.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002242447987 Mohamed Hamdi

    Tegra 3/Snapdragon S4 processor or better. Please elaborate : is there anything better available right now on the market ???

    • PINJ

      .....
      Snapdragon 600 And Exynos Octa.

  • Matthew Fry

    Unreal Engine? That's gotta cost a lot. At 4.99 they're gonna have to sell a lot!