Review: Hitman Go gives iOS assassins a turn

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I’m the Hitman – stand aside. I’m the Hitman – I want your life.”

And maybe your briefcase, too.

Hitman Go

Hitman Go from Square Enix is a board game for your mobile device (yippee – no pieces to lose). Your goal is to get to your assigned target—whether a mark or an exit point—without being spotted and taken out by the guards. The game is turn-based and plays a bit like chess: plan a move or a series of moves to advance your piece while avoiding capture. For each turn you must move your game piece, so the planning bit is very important. The different types of guards (color coded) make different kinds of programmed moves so you can actually count out what will happen next to get a favorable set up for your move.

Hitman Go

Hitman Go is essentially a 3D board game with grid lines showing you the available paths of motion, both for you and the computer. There are small nodes along the lines which are the stopping points for a move. The game board and pieces give the appearance of a board game with plastic miniature figures, complete with a round base to keep your Hitman standing upright. You even get a gentle “thunk” sound when a piece is knocked over as it’s captured.

Hitman Go

The background audio and music are okay, and you’ll spend plenty of time listening to a rather nice rendition of Ave Maria.

All movements is swipe based.

Hitman Go may not be exactly what you expect from the Hitman franchise, but it is a nifty puzzle version with plenty of levels to keep you busy for a while. There is a bit of sameness which creeps in after a while, but this is the nature of the game; it’s not exploratory, it’s turn based pattern recognition.

You even get a set of assists.; if you get stuck, the game gives you 5 freebies—just tap the help and the screen goes greyscale and will show you the steps to solve the level. There are more helps to be had…for a price, of course.

Hitman Go

My only gripe is not being able to zoom out and see the whole board, but you do have some POV control so it’s not a big loss.

Hitman Go is not a bad game, with clean looks and some free time filled. The price may seem a bit high, but it unlocks all the levels right from the start so, overall, not bad.

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Buy Hitman Go

Category: Games
Seller: Square Enix
Requirements: iOS 6.0 or later
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
File Size: 364 MB
Version Reviewed: 1.6
Price: $4.99
Age Rating: 17+

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  • John Blackburn

    You say “Hitman Go is not a good game”, then “so, overall, not bad.” I think the first was a typo.

  • Kirk Hiner

    Indeed, John. Editing error on my part. Thanks for the heads-up.