Firing Range is the latest Xbox Live Indie Game from Milkstone Studios (Motor Heat, Avatar Panic, Raven Thorne, etc.). This game is super narcotic in nature and I mean that in the best way possible. I have several brand new retail games staring me down, but I continue to play Firing Range, not because it is superior title, but more so that it provides instant gratification (I am also currently ranked 82nd in the world). The game blends simple design, good controls and an infinite amount of replay value into an Indie game offering.
The game has the simplest premise and that is shooting targets both dynamic and static. You use three different firearms from round to round in hopes of achieving a high score. There is a Pistol, an Uzi and an Assault Rifle at your disposal (you don’t get to choose, but that doesn’t effect the experience). You can also customize the skins of your weapons and the color/design of large and small targets. Also there are 24 unlockable awards, which can add immense replay value to the game.
The scoring system is what really drew me in though. Who doesn’t love chasing high scores and besting their friends at a game? I enjoy the hell out of beating my friends and Firing Range’s simple yet robust leader board system lets me know when I am accomplishing just that. There are point goals that you need to meet in order to advance to the next round (make sure you hit those bulleyes). After each round your score is compounded into an aggregate score that will pit you against yourself, your friends and the rest of the world. After each round the game also tells you where you stand on the leader boards so you know whether or not to step your game up or maintain a winning pace.
Firing Range has tight controls and good graphics for what the game aims to do (no pun intended). If offers a fun and addictive experience that for only 80 MSP ($1) should be in everyone’s collection that has a Xbox 360. So next time you are shopping around on Xbox Live check this game out and get hooked like I did.
I purchased Firing Range for 80 MSP ($1). This game is available on Xbox Live in the Xbox Live Indie Game Marketplace. I have invested over 2 hours into it and have unlocked 5 weapon skins and plan to unlock most of them by weeks end. I wasn’t lying about this game being addicting folks.