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Not a bad archery sim, but it lacks many features.

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Ease of play

Aiming the bow can be tricky, but with a little practice, players can get the hang of it.


You're shooting arrows, but just at targets.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that SplitApple is an archery simulation that lets players fire at stationary targets. The game focuses on the sporting aspects of firing a bow and arrow, versus so many others that glorify the battle uses or hunting uses of the tools. Scoring a bull's-eye takes steady hands, though, and the game might prove too difficult for uncoordinated young players.

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Archery sims are fairly rare beasts in the gaming world, but when they're done right, they can be a lot of fun. SPLITAPPLE has that essence of fun, but it lacks many features that seem natural to the genre, ultimately making it fall short. There's no GameCenter integration at the time of this review, and the tournament mode feels stunted (taking place in just one location). Moving targets would also seem a natural part of the game. Thankfully, developer MKO Games recognizes this and is promising an update in the future. The graphics are quite smooth, though, and aiming your bow is just challenging enough to stay interesting, but not frustrating. Right now, this is an overpriced app, but if developers follow through on their promises to add more game modes and target types, it might be worth a look.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:April 15, 2011
Category:Sports Games
Publisher:MKO Games
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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