Dead Earth: Trigger Man Duty & Last Shooter Call is a first person, Sci-Fi shooter for our Windows Phone where you find yourself in the middle of a war against cyborgs.
You patrol the streets taking out as many rebellious machines as possible before your oxygen supply (a.k.a. game timer) runs out. The game does take on a RPG gaming feel with character advancement and equipment upgrades available.
Dead Earth: Trigger Man Duty & Last Shooter Call is available for low-memory games and comes across as an entertaining action game for our Windows Phones. Graphics are a little on the dark side but game play is full of challenges.
Dead Earth: Trigger Man Duty & Last Shooter Call (we'll go with Dead Earth from here on out) wastes little time by launching directly to your game play menu. You have game play chapters displayed in the center of the screen, your vital stats running across the top of the screen and links to the armory, your profile and the game shop running across the bottom of the screen.
The game's armory will allow you to upgrade your stats (health, armor, and oxygen supply), upgrade or buy new weapons and upgrade your boosts. These improvements don't come without cost and you'll need to earn some cash through game play to improve your player and their gear.
The gamer profile covers your gaming stats and achievements while the game shop offers a few in-app purchase opportunities for gaming cash.
Each game chapter has a collection of objectives you need to accomplish before your oxygen runs out. The objectives includes tasks such as killing a set number of cyborgs with a certain weapon, survive for a set time, etc.
Game play with Dead Earth is from the first person perspective. The gaming screen has your weapons trigger, reload button and special weapons buttons (grenade, etc.) in the lower right corner of the screen. You can find your health, timer stats and weapons choice running across the top of the screen.
Finally at the bottom center of the screen is a tiny radar that will show the direction your enemy is approaching from. You can also tap/hold on the radar to change your perspective to shoot above or below your position. In addition to the radar, red warning symbols will appear on the screen to note the direction enemy cyborgs are approaching from.
Aiming your weapon is done by sliding your finger around the screen to change your point of view and moving the weapon's cross hairs. Reloading is automatically done when you shoot your weapon dry but you can reload manually by tapping the reload button while transitioning between waves. This can save a little time and avoid costly downtime to reload while being attacked.
Each chapter consists of multiple waves of cyborgs and your ultimate goal is to survive these attacks until the timer runs out. You'll earn cash with each round of game play based on your performance that can in turn be used to upgrade your character's gear.
Dead Earth: Trigger Man Duty & Last Shooter Call is a fun first-person shooter for our Windows Phone. Graphics are nice, but a little on the dark side. This helps set the mood of the game but can make long distance aiming a little difficult.
While the game will run you through a brief tutorial when you first jump into game play, the game lacks a help section. It's not a critical need but a help section would be nice to have for at least a reference guide.
Game play is challenging enough to keep things interesting and I like the chapter objectives. It gives the game a little more flavor beyond the customary "kill everything in sight" goals.
I'm not sure if Dead Earth can knock off Dead Target: Zombie but it should give the Zombie game a run for its money. At last check, Dead Earth captures a 4.5 Star rating in the Windows Phone Store, which is on target for the game.
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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.