Splinter Cell Conviction for iPhone- app review

Sam Fisher is back in Splinter Cell Conviction for iPhone and iPod Touch. Having played the original way back when on the Xbox, it was interesting see how the game has matured years later on the iPhone. The game has morphed into more of a run n' gun type of game. Yes, you still have to try to be stealthy, but not like the games of old. If you feel like it, just walk right in and start shooting. I actually like this as it gives you a choice in play style; covert or action.

Sam is out for revenge to find out who has killed his daughter; basically, he doesn't care who or what gets in his way to uncover the truth. The game spans 13 levels in 8 different locations and with this mobile iteration of the franchise you get some new gameplay mechanics. First, you are given icons next to cover you can run to. Simply tap the in screen action icon and Sam will run and cover to that location. You can do this successively assuming there is an "icon" to run to.

Next, you get a nifty after shadow that appears on screen to indicate where the enemy thinks you are, or your last known location to them. This adds a fantastic play mechanic that is horribly underutilized. It would have been great to throw small objects or something and cause the enemy to head towards that location. Instead it is used only when you are detected and enemies will head to that area.

You are also given the ability, albeit only in certain situations, to target multiple enemies to take them out with a single button press. Regretfully, you can't use this any time you want, only in certain situations. This is the biggest downside to Splinter Cell Conviction, its restrictiveness. The game plays well, look gorgeous and is fun, but is hampered by the inability to use some of these cool play mechanics on the users terms. It is this flaw that prevents this title from being the near perfect game it so wants to be.

Should you get Splinter Cell Conviction? Good question. If you are a casual gamer looking for a little stealth action, then yes, you can't go wrong. If you are a hardcore gamer, the limitations might prove a little frustrating. For me, I like it and will continue to play it, but I will always be wishing I has complete control over Sam. Check the video and screens after the break!

[$9.99- iTunes Link]

Pros

  • Fantastic graphics
  • Smooth frame rate
  • Excellent control
  • Innovative gameplay (i.e. Sam's last location shadows
  • Auto-sneak by enemy
  • Select multiple targets
  • Level replay
  • Unique on-rails level for iPhone

Cons

  • Extremely linear
  • Close quarters combat can be challenging to accurately target enemies
  • Game is not difficult, even on highest setting
  • Aiming can sometimes be "sloppy"

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Chad Garrett

Software trainer, blogger and mobile technology enthusiast living in the suburban Midwest.

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Splinter Cell Conviction for iPhone- app review

4 Comments

I got this game also and do like it. As mentioned the aiming is a bit sloppy and sometimes causes Sam to take unnecessary damage while attempting to take out an enemy.
Game does look great which is a key element for me on the phone.
It IS a bit pricey but I find myself playing whenever I can.
If it were priced at $5.99 it would be a no-brainer.

Like the game and graphics. My problem stems from the screens locking up and then i can't play. anyone have suggestions about why that happens?

i downloaded this game for my iphone4 and there is a certain part of the game that the app closes itself and this was the reason i cant finish the game