While eagerly awaiting the next Bond film to be released, getting into the mood is almost mandatory for the huge international fan community. Some do it with watching the older Bond films for the billionth time while others resort to unearthing the classic Nintendo64 from the dusty cellar to enjoy some good old ‘GoldenEye’ action.
However, modern times require a modern approach to tie in a game with an upcoming film release and with a young generation of technology users permamently screaming for innovative gaming experiences across all devices, it was only a matter of time until James Bond would finally conquer tablets and smartphones – everyday devices that rarely end up in the cellar anymore.
In April 2014, a press release by mobile game developer Glu Mobile raised hopes for an exciting Bond game to be in the works “inspired by the franchise’s rich history, themes, characters, and narratives.“ Glu CEO Niccolo de Masi expressed, that it is an honor to be the first to bring such a storied franchise to free-to-play mobile gaming and promised to deliver a never before seen gameplay experience for the passionate worldwide community of Bond fans. Now, ahead of the release of ‘SPECTRE’, the highly anticipated 24th film of the beloved James Bond series, Glu Mobile will release the free multiplayer strategy RPG ‘James Bond: World of Espionage‘ on October 1st. The game, available for Apple smartphone and tablet devices, was first announced in June 2015 but subsequently failed to build interest due to an almost non-existent advertising campaign. The limited audience soft launch on July 18th, probably to gain user feedback and eliminate bugs prior to the official release, went ahead with no notice or advertising. A 15 minute gameplay video published on YouTube by TouchGameplay in July, the HD Gameplay/Walkthrough Channel for Trailers of iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch & Android Games, shows the grim reality of what is to be expected from this game – practically nothing!
What has been advertised as an “action-packed” multiplayer RPG actually looks like a bluntly uninspired, shallow and downright boring gaming experience in which you just tap along with almost no real user control let alone a goal or purpose. The hi-res graphics sporadically look nice and at least some effort has been made in terms of detail but most of the in-game screens and menus rather resemble glossy pop-up ads. The music uses some original James Bond influences but that´s far from enough to save this game from total futility. If you were getting your hopes up for some shooter action or even a high-octane driving level in which you take control of legendary Bond cars like the classic DB5, you will be bitterly disappointed. Instead, you will be stranded with a dreadfully unimaginative game that feels more like a slow train instead of a thrill ride. It is highly unlikely that the game will see significant improvements until its upcoming release on October 1st. Nevertheless, Glu Mobile stayed true to their press release of 2014 by really delivering a “never before seen gameplay experience” – never before has a Bond game been so utterly uninspired, dull and insignificant.
About the Developer
Glu Mobile is a leading global developer and publisher of free-to-play games for smartphone and tablet devices. Glu is focused on creating compelling original IP games such as GUN BROS, DEER HUNTER, BLOOD & GLORY, and SAMURAI VS. ZOMBIES DEFENSE on a wide range of platforms including iOS, Android™, Windows Phone and MAC OS. Glu’s unique technology platform enables its titles to be accessible to a broad audience of consumers globally. Founded in 2001, Glu is headquartered in San Francisco with teams outside Seattle and in Canada, China, India, Korea and Russia.