Gameloft’s Brothers in Arms: Hour of Heroes is a great take on first-person shooting for the iPhone. I’ve seen a lot of companies attempt to make a good FPS but there are many limitations. The most basic form of FPS involves a virtual d-pad on the touchscreen. This isn’t the best way to do controls because the d-pad requires the ability to slide your fingers between directions, and with a touchscreen, you’re more pressing individual directions. Diagonal is difficult too. The other FPS I’ve seen involves using the accelerometer to move the individual. This isn’t perfect either because it requires you tilt the screen making it difficult to focus on what you’re trying to shoot. Gameloft’s approach is a touchscreen style thumbstick, much like the one you would find on an XBOX 360. Watch the video to see it in action.
Brothers in Arms is available on the App Store for $9.99