Keeping the streets safe with the Windows Phone game Sniper Shooting

Sniper Shooing is a mission based arcade game for Windows Phone that has you playing the role of a vigilante who is tasked with cleaning up the streets of the criminal element. Each mission has you searching for a criminal ranging from the simple street thug to kingpins of the underworld.

Available for low memory Windows Phones, the game includes 36 missions that are spread across six chapters. Game mechanics take a little time to get the hang of and Sniper Shooting but overall, Sniper Shooting isn't a bad time waster of a game.

Sniper Shooter's main menu will have options to jump into game play and access the game's settings. Settings cover gaming sounds, aim sensitivity, aim style and inverting rifle movements.

Sniper Shooter has two options for aiming. You can use your Windows Phone tilt sensors or simple touch the screen to move the cross hairs. Touch controls are the easier of the two but using the tilt sensors will add to the game's challenge. You can adjust the sensitivity and invert the aiming X or Y-axis to better suit your style.

Game play is a series of missions (thirty-six of them) that are spread out across six chapters. The missions involve taking out a criminal element of some sort such as shooting a mugger before they can rob a citizen. Just line up the bad guy in your scope and tap the screen (or the fire button if you use touch controls) to take them out.

In most cases you only have one shot to accomplish the mission because once your target hears the shot, everyone runs for cover. You may find yourself in a situation where you wound your target and a second shot is required to finish the job.

As you complete each mission, you will earn cash that can be used in the gaming store to upgrade your rifle. Rifle upgrades will improve your aiming stability and fire rate. To access the gaming store, you will need to back out to the main menu and start game play again. The gaming store will appear before you get your mission assignment.

Overall Impression

Sniper Shooting is a simple arcade shooter for Windows Phone that has nice graphics, decent controls and enough missions to give the game a little staying power. Long distance shooting isn't easy and the gaming controls (either method) do a good job of replicating that challenge.

My only nit with Sniper Shooter is that you do not have easy access to the game's store in between missions. The game needs a store button to go along with the home menu button on the mission scoring screen. Another nice touch would be a free-play practice mode where you can test your long distance sharpshooter skills.

If you are in the market for a casual arcade shooter for your Windows Phone gaming library, Sniper Shooting is worth a try. The game has been available for a while and nails a 5 Star rating in the Windows Phone Store.

George Ponder

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.