Minigore

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Minigore cover art.jpg
Developer(s) Mountain Sheep
Publisher(s) Chillingo
Platform(s) iOS
Release iOS
  • WW: July 30, 2009[1]
Genre(s) Survival horror, Action, Shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Minigore is a 2009 survival horror action/shooter game for iOS, developed by Mountain Sheep[2] and published by Chillingo.[3] On December 6, 2012, a sequel, Minigore 2, was released on multiple platforms.[4]

Gameplay[edit]

In-game screenshot
In-game image showing the dual-stick controls.

Players control the main character, John Gore (voiced by Arin Hanson), in a world called "Hardland." Gameplay revolves around Gore shooting creatures called "furries", who are trying to kill him. A cloverleaf will generate randomly after a certain number of furry kills. Collecting three clovers will turn Gore into a minotaur, granting him invincibility and allowing him to stomp on enemies. This lasts for about 15–20 seconds. The player has three lives and accumulates points for each furry killed. There are also OpenFeint and Game Center leaderboards and achievements.[5]

Updates[edit]

Update 3 added more playable characters, such as Enviro-Bear, Jerry Gore, Evan Hsu, Xmas Gore, Sensei Evan, Kid Gore and Santa. It also introduced a grenade launcher and upgradeable weapons, a day and night cycle, and a snowy forest level.[6]

Update 3.5 featured Gangster Gore, Lizzy, Ninja Man and Zombieville Guy, a Kid Gore redux. Characters could now also wield dual weapons and support was added for OpenFeint 2.4.[7]

Update 3.6 included the character Hook Champ and also added special traits for Gangster Gore, Sensei Evan and Sway's Ninja.[8]

Update 3.7 included the character Predator Furry, Zombie Gore, and Easter Bunny. It also introduced graphical improvements to the map screen.[9]

Update 3.8 included graphic enhancements for the Retina Display. It also featured weapon recoil effects and options to increase or decrease performance.[10]

Update 3.9 included new furries called fur-bombs, a new hidden difficulty called "Inferno", and auto-aim.[11]

Update 4 introduced co-op multiplayer, another character pack, changes to the encyclopedia, and some graphical upgrades.[12]

Update 5 featured three new encyclopedia pages and several new characters, including the Penguin and the Penguin Mob, along with some bug fixes.[13]

Update 6 featured a new character called Bike Baron.[14]

Appearances in other games[edit]

John Gore has made several appearances in other games:

  • He appears as a playable character in the Illusion Labs game Sway, Rocketcat Games' Hook Champ, and the Mika Mobile game Zombieville USA.
  • He appears as the final boss of Guerrilla Bob, which was developed by Angry Mob Games and published by Chillingo.
  • He is one of the bosses in the iOS version of Death Rally.
  • He appears in Zen Bound 2, an iOS game available through the App Store, and for PC and Macintosh through Steam.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 76.67%[15]
Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot 8/10[16]
IGN 7/10[17]
148 Apps 4/5 stars[18]
AppSpy 4/5 stars[19]
Pocket Gamer 7/10[20]

Minigore received mainly positive reviews. It holds an aggregate score of 76.67% on GameRankings, based on six reviews.[15]

Richard Martin of 148Apps scored the game 4 out of 5, criticizing the lack of depth in the initial release, but praising the well executed core gameplay; "It's really fun, no learning curve whatsoever, it looks good, and it will definitely appeal to the iPhone's A.D.D. audience."[18] AppSpy's Dave Flodine also scored it 4 out of 5, again finding the game had a lack of depth but was solid in and of itself; "The presentation is of a high quality, but the gameplay never really ramps up enough to be overwhelming."[19] GameSpot's Chris Reed scored it 8 out of 10, making similar observations as 148Appps and AppSpy; "Minigore doesn't have a ton of depth, but the core game provides stylish, fun shooting action that leaves you wanting more."[16]

Pocket Gamer's Jon Jordan scored it 7 out of 10, praising its "great graphics and audio," but criticizing the lack of content, which he assumed "will arrive in future updates."[20] IGN's Matt Casamassina also scored it 7 out of 10. He praised the artwork and in-game humor, but called the game "a very straightforward shooter without any genuine surprises [...] The experience is so straightforward that you will inevitably be left wanting more unless the simple promise of the highest score is enough to keep you shooting the same enemies on the same stage endlessly." As with Jon Jordan, he expressed the hope that future updates would add some depth to the game.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minigore". IGN. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Mountain Sheep Home Page". Mountain Sheep. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Minigore at iTunes Preview". iTunes. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Minigore 2: Zombies is coming out on Thursday!". Mountain Sheep. December 4, 2012. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ Patterson, Blake (June 6, 2009). "Exclusive 'Minigore' Gameplay Video: John Gore Kicks Some Furry Ass". TouchArcade. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Minigore Christmas Episode submitted!". Mountain Sheep. November 24, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Minigore New Year's Episode submitted!". Mountain Sheep. December 22, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Episode 3.6 hits the App Store!". Mountain Sheep. January 14, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Minigore Easter Celebration!". Mountain Sheep. March 31, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Episode 3.8 submitted". Mountain Sheep. April 22, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Episode 3.9 is out!". Mountain Sheep. May 12, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Episode 4 has been submitted!!!". Mountain Sheep. December 10, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Penguins, also on HD version!". Mountain Sheep. February 16, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Minigore Episode 6 is available for iPhone and iPad!". Mountain Sheep. October 31, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "Minigore for iOS". GameRankings. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b Reed, Chris (July 2, 2010). "Minigore Review". GameSpot. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b Casamassina, Matt (July 30, 2009). "Minigore Review". IGN. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  18. ^ a b Martin, Richard (August 4, 2009). "Minigore Review". 148Apps. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b Flodine, Dave (July 31, 2009). "Minigore Review". AppSpy. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  20. ^ a b Jordan, Jon (August 3, 2009). "Minigore Review". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved December 18, 2012.