Like the uncle who spoils family dinners with his embarrassing and drunken antics, the humble first-person shooter hasn’t always been welcomed with wide open arms on mobile devices. Developer IndieLevel is hoping to change that with their first-person survival shooter, Toxic Origin.
At first glance, Toxic Origin reminded me of weapon porn/RPG hybrid Borderlands on PC and consoles. Indeed, the visuals look fantastic, with a cel-shaded, comic book style quality. But Toxic Origin plays out much differently to Borderlands, with short, contained levels in which you must survive against waves of twisted toxic waste creatures. In this regard, the gameplay reminded of the excellent zombie shooter, and 50 Best iOS Indie Games of 2013 winner, Dead Trigger 2 (grab it here) and even a little bit of the old Duke Nukem (grab it here).
It seems like Toxic Origin could still do with some fine tuning in terms of movement speed (the below footage is from a beta after all), but we’re pretty excited by the possibility of another solid entry in the mobile FPS genre. Toxic Origin should be out soon. In the mean time, be sure to check out our Top 10 First Person Shooters on iOS in Issue 1 of Grab It Magazine, out now.