Mix one part Virtua Cop with a scoop of collectible card game and you have Lawless: a freemium action game that’s all about relatively precise shooting and collecting lots and lots of guns. It makes for a surprisingly entertaining bite-sized arcade shooter, actually – although regrettably, some of the typical Mobage gouging does come into play.
The majority of your time spent playing Lawless will involve tapping the screen to shoot people. It’s a rather basic idea, certainly, but there are other elements thrown into the mix to keep things from getting stale. Enemies move around, duck behind cover, and attack with their own firearms or even grenades (which must be shot out of the air to avoid damage). People you don’t want to shoot, like civilians, run all over the map because logically the best place to go during a gunfight is right between the two shooters. Sometimes you’ll be asked to maintain a certain accuracy percentage to earn a reward bonus. Other times you’ll be required to use a specific category of weapon.
In between firefights you’ll be able to upgrade the guns you’ve earned, buy new ones, or sell off the extras. This is where Lawless’ card-collecting elements come into play, as each gun is essentially like most cards used in similar Mobage titles. They have rarity, you can pour money into improving their stats, and even upgrade them into more powerful (i.e. higher rank and rarity) versions given enough time and cash. A similar system is used to improve characters, although they can only be leveled-up through completing levels. Still, once they hit their maximum, you can spend gold (a special upgrade-only currency earned by achieving 1-3 stars in each stage) to have them Rank Up and start the leveling process (they keep their stats, but can improve even more now) all over again. Read more »