2K Games’ sci-fi smash hit arrives on iOS garnering mostly mixed reviews from critics and fans.

by Hands-On Staff

Last month, 2K Games revealed that its groundbreaking first-person action title, BioShock, was headed to mobile platforms with a number of all-new features for iOS-based devices. The new mobile edition of BioShock also launches with support for Made for iPad/iPhone (MFi) controllers like the Gamevice. In fact, several reviewers including Pocket Gamer’s Mark Brown recommend that you only play the game if you have an MFi controller.

Now BioShock on iOS is available to download from the App Store for $14.99.

While the game received passing grades from most critics, its transition to mobile devices didn’t go as smoothly as it could have with reviewers citing issues including poor touchscreen controls and visuals inferior to previously released versions of BioShock on consoles and PC.

Here’s a look at what some of the critics are saying about BioShock.

Gamezebo: If you have no other way to play this amazing part of gaming history, the iOS version is serviceable. Otherwise, play it on a PC, Xbox 360, or PS3, and get lost in Rapture the right way.  (read the full review)

IGN: If you want a low-stakes return to Rapture, BioShock on iOS might do the trick. If you ratchet the difficulty down and accept the fact that you might not be able to hack every device or plunder every explorable area, having the world of BioShock closer than ever has its own charm.  (read the full review)

Pocket Gamer: Playing on the touchscreen is so unbelievably ungainly and awkward, it’s simply not worth bothering. If you don’t have an MFi controller, I say don’t bother.  (read the full review)

TouchArcade: Bioshock for iOS isn’t perfect, and I can understand the hesitance from those that may have already played it before. But for newcomers, it’s still an experience that needs to be taken.  (read the full review)

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