Developer: Simon Hason Design
MSRP: $3.49/no ads
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I’m not really a fan of these mobile sniper games, but Lonewolf caught my eye due to the art style and mature content. The game has a noir/mob gang comic vibe to it, and it is actually quite entertaining — albeit formulaic. You play as a military veteran who used to be a sniper and loves killing. You pick up work for a mob boss and stay neutral through the whole thing. Nothing to write home about, but enough to keep you pumping through levels.
The game is seen through the scope of a sniper rifle. There are plenty of rifles to pick from in the game that is real world models. You can upgrade them and buy new parts for them which is quite fun. There’s a zoom button, reload, and shoot — the only three you need in a game like this. Each mission is completely different which is why I kept playing the game and I didn’t want to put it down. After a while, there’s a wind aspect and you need to lead your shots which are a huge challenge and actually requires skill rather than luck. Each mission just has a few guys set up to kill and it’s the order and precision that counts. If you shoot the wrong one someone might see it and blow the mission. There’s a lot of trial and error later on, and it got quite frustrating, especially during the few shoot out scenes where your aim is really important as you die quickly.
This is also a freemium game but has the choice of buying it without ads. With ads, you have to watch videos for reloading your retries or you have to wait. With how hard the game is later on it felt like this was done more for money rather than the player’s entertainment value which is something that’s consistent in the mobile realm.
Overall, Lonewolf is well worth your time as it provides varied missions and relies on your skills to proceed rather than luck or something else. It’s well worth the purchase to remove ads, but if you have the patience it’s also free.