Do you have young children with access to an Android device? It might be a good time to review Android Market’s content filtering feature now that Gameloft has finally released their crime/action game 9mm.
The game’s theme song opens with the line “Shoot first, ask questions last,” which perfectly describes what 9mm is about. The storyline follows John “Loose” Kannon who steals millions from a Mexican drug lord and then tries to take down his gang “legally or not, before his team gets taken out first.”
I’ve been waiting on some new games to push my Galaxy Tab 10.1 to its limits, so I easily handed over the $6.99 asking price. Gameloft normally sells their games for $4.99 if you purchase directly from their online store, but I have yet to see 9mm listed there.
The gameplay reminds me of parts of Grand Theft Auto mixed with elements of Max Payne (which is also coming to Android). Each level takes place in a different environment (instead of one large persistent world) and most of the action takes place on foot with an over-the-shoulder view. Your character has the ability to slow down the action like Max Payne’s bullet-time and allows you to dodge bullets while lining up your shots.
Graphics-wise, 9mm is one of the best looking Android games I’ve played on a Honeycomb tablet. The framerate can dip a little when the action gets heavy, but it’s always playable and about what you would expect from a PS2 or Xbox game.
Overall I’m really satisfied with the game so far; I’d recommend it to others. But this title is not for kids. About the only time when you are not killing gangsters is when you stop for the dialogue, which contains the f-bomb in every line.
Surprisingly, 9mm only received a ‘Medium maturity’ rating, which Google says “may include sexual references; intense fantasy or realisitic violence; profanity or crude humor; referenes to drug, alcohol and tobacco use; social features and simulated gambling.”
A ‘High maturity’ rating is only gained when an app contains “frequent instances of sexual and suggestive content; graphic violence, and strong alcohol, tobacco and drug references.”
I’ll let you watch the official trailer below and let you decide which rating it deserves.
Just a reminder, you can easily change the Android Market content filter by pressing Menu > Settings > Content filtering. To lock the settings, touch the lock icon and enter a PIN code.
Have you purchased 9mm yet? Let us know what you think about the game in the comments below.