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All of these things come together for an ultimately enjoyable gaming experience, whether you’re an FPS die-hard or not. Despite the immense amount of options, power-ups, and scenarios, the game never feels overwhelming or gratuitously complex. Shoot bad guys, pick up shiny objects, don’t die—that’s it. For $4, Rise of the Triad brings something new to the first-person shooter genre on the iPhone.
Rise of the Triad may not be for everyone. The genre has evolved since 1995 and though there is a lot here, the controls and visuals might overshadow what was, for its time, a very fun game.
RotT arrives to a very competitive Appstore loaded with shooting games to choose from, and ironically it again finds itself just a bit late to the party behind DOOM Classic and Wolf 3D. Similar to how the game was overshadowed by these behemoths on PC, Rise of the Triad is once again overshadowed by DOOM and Wolf 3D on the Appstore. It’s a solid game and very fun to play but it just falls short of the two classics. People looking for newer FPS’s will likely not be interested in this and people looking for older/retro FPS’s will likely be looking at the two blockbusters. If you liked this game on the PC and want to have it with you anywhere then Rise of the Triad is a no-brainer. If you never played the game before, are looking for a classic FPS, and already have DOOM and Wolf 3D then you will have a lot of fun with this as well.
There is some fun to be had in ROTT, as I previously mention the controls work well and there are some cool weapons to wield. But the lack of a consistent style really hurts it and stopped me as a player becoming immersed and caring at all for the story and characters. There are better FPS’s out there, retro or not. So unless you are a fan of this game back in the day, I’d avoid.
ROTT is a long forgotten fast-paced FPS that is exploding with style, let down by a lazy port. Take the time to master the control scheme though and you’ll find ROTT a lot of fun to play and jam-packed with innovative features.
Ultimately, what kills Rise of the Triad is that it feels shoehorned in on the iPhone. If they had taken the time to refresh the menus, smooth out the controls, and add automatic checkpoints to ease the pain, then playing through the challenging levels would have been much more palatable. If you never played this game in its heyday, we recommend you pick up a better FPS like Doom, N.O.V.A. or Brothers in Arms 2: Global Front.