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Minigore is at the most basic level a survival shooter. You play as John Gore in a land where black furballs with sharp teeth (furries) are continuously coming to kill you. Your goal is to keep John Gore alive for as long as you possibly can. The game has 3D elements like bushes trees, and rocks with a 2D landscape. Also in 3D is John Gore, who has a cube head, and the furries that are in three cube sizes. Mountain Sheep has a lot of content to add to Minigore in numerous updates. Quite a few features come on launch, but the biggest draw of Minigore is what lies down the road. The control method is as easy as can be, using two virtual sticks, like idracula, one for movement and one for firing. Minigore is extremely high score based, and includes Open Feint 2.0 to track online high scores. Another feature is expert mode which starts with tons of furries rather than building slowly. Also you can turn off the on screen control sticks. There are four different kinds of furries to deal with. There is the minifurry, furry, giant furry, and firefurry that is a super fast minifurry. Also the furry and giant furry split into smaller furries when they’re killed. To blast away the furries you have a machine gun with unlimited ammo that doesn’t require reloading, a shotgun you get by picking up a crate, and a bomb option by choosing to shoot the crate rather than picking it up. Another way to kill furries is to pick up three four leaved clovers which turns you into a minotaur like beast. As the beast you can simply run over the furries. John Gore doesn’t have a traditional health meter, but rather your health is indicated by his physical condition in two levels. This means that he begins with a cap, but then when one furry gets him, he’s battered, and then if he gets hit again he’s dead.

According to Mountain Sheep, Minigore has tons of content that will be added in updates. The best aspect of the updates is that you can vote on them on the minigore website. The first update will include radar, three health levels rather than two, and a new version of Open Feint. The second update will add co-op with three charcaters to play as: John Gore’s 9 year old daughter, Enviro-bear, and the tagline contest winner, Evan Hsu. Also in the 2nd update there will be achievements, and the inclusion of in-game voting. After the first two updates, a whole bunch more will be included that will be determined by players’ votes. Some of the things that will be included are: More co-op characters from popular games, two new levels: snow and desert, four times as many hilarious lines for John Gore, new furries, new enemy groups: Lumberjacks & Cossacks, new weapon called sheep cannon, and new bosses: wormwolf, king furry, unibrow jones, old man tackle, and master of puppets.

After that Mountain Sheep is considering campaign missions and expanding multiplayer, but ultimately it’s up to the voting. One thing is for sure, Mountain Sheep is in for the long haul, and Minigore will have a ton of content added. There is a whole bunch coming to Minigore, but how does it stand now? There is a bunch to like starting with the amazing visuals. The landscape looks like it’s straight out of a storybook, and contains 3D objects. The design of the furries and John Gore are absolutely stunning, and John Gore’s physical degradation is great.

The animations work perfectly from the ever growing number of furries running at you on screen to the orange glowing rounds from your machine gun. When you kill a furry it’s the same stock mini blood spurt. When you become the beast, he’s flaming, and it’s hilarious to see him still carrying the machine gun. The sounds are top notch as well with Minigore’s original soundtrack that fits the adventure and impending doom theme, and varies enough so it doesn’t feel repetitive. The gun firing, and growl of the furries sound great, and when you become the beast a heavy duty banjo tune is played. Maybe the best aspect is the included sayings of John Gore, voiced by Arin "the Egoraptor" Hanson. Sayings include: “I’ve killed like 100 already, how many more could there be?” and “That thing is as big as a bear… no bigger.” The difficulty and fun amps up perfectly with more and bigger furries coming in at all times. The most fun, and most difficult aspect is the bigger ones becoming smaller ones as you shoot them. The controls get out of the way to enjoy running for your life, and blasting away furries. There’s just something about it that makes it so addictive to jump right back in, and blast some more furries.

There’s only survival mode, so the gameplay is the same every time. Another problem is that the game does not save your progress. So if you’re in the middle of a survival at a score of 2500, and you exit for any reason, you can’t continue, you have to start all over.

Minigore is one of the best survival shooters for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The visuals are top notch, the original soundtrack and dialogue are outstanding, and the overall charm & polish sets it apart from many similar titles in the App Store. It’s as fun and addictive as can be, and an amazing game without even considering the art style. Minigore is super fun, and only $0.99 so it’s way more than worth it, with so much more in store. Keep in mind though, it only has survival mode, and you can’t save in game progress. It’s a must have, but not the highest recommendation.

9/10 - For a lack of content.

EDIT: New updates are being added. Most recent one includes a boss unit (Wormwolf), upgradable weapons, night and day cycles, and loads of new characters. Go and get the free update if you have the game, or go and get the game for $0.99 before the price goes up.

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