Movie tie-in games generally suck although there are occasional exceptions to the rule like The Warriors and GoldenEye. Warner Bros. is no stranger to releasing mobile games to promote their upcoming flicks and we got a recently got a new one with the official Edge of Tomorrow game. As a fan of all things sci-fi, I spent several hours with the game and am back to give you the lowdown.
The Edge of Tomorrow game follows the premise of the flick which means you play a man locked into a time loop at the worst of times – an alien invasion. You get a little clip from the movie to give you a vague idea of what’s going on, and then you are dropped (literally) straight into the middle of a warzone.
Your goal in the game is to simply get to the marker on the other side of the beach without being killed by the alien invaders. You have a machine gun of sorts and a grenade launcher, but absolutely no experience in combat and it shows. You will die quickly. You will die brutally. You will die over and over again. Unfortunately, some of those deaths are from the aliens while others are from the controls.
The control scheme uses your standard left side moves, right side aims setup although there is button to fire your weapon. When you lock onto an enemy your weapon will fire automatically and that’s a good thing in Edge of Tomorrow as the controls are wonky at times. You can adjust the sensitivity but the aliens are on you so quick it doesn’t really matter most of the time. As mentioned, you’ll die a lot.
Luckily when you die, you’ll restart near the spot where you perished and you get the benefit of seeing a ‘ghost’ of the alien that took you out so you’ll know where they’ll pop up again. There are some ammo crates strewn about, but that’s about it in terms of the gameplay.
By the numbers, the Edge of Tomorrow game offers up one stage, a slew of aliens and a lot of frustration. You can unlock an additional character by sharing a screenshot on Facebook, but that’s about it in terms of the extras. If you beat the game multiple times you will get a few perks, but it’s unlikely you’ll play that long considering it’s just once repeated stage.
The Edge of Tomorrow game isn’t the worst movie tie-in game we’ve seen, but it’s nowhere near the top of the list either. It’s clear that it’s meant to promote the film which kind of blows as it could have been a really cool game if it was a full-fledged title. Either way, it’s free so it’s not going to cost you a dime to try it out.
If you want to go Groundhog Day in a sci-fi setting, you can pick up the Edge of Tomorrow game for free on Google Play.