First-person shooters in the style of classics like Quake or Halo aren't developed for Pocket PC that often, so naturally when I hear about one that's been exclusively designed for the Windows Mobile platform, I get a little bit excited.
Red Sector 2112 sees you assume the role of a half-man-half-machine Terminator-style character who must save the human population of Mars (Earth is a no-go area these days, by the way) from alien invaders from a far-off galaxy. OK, so the back story isn't exactly a work of genius, but they rarely are in this type of game and it makes a change from the Martians attacking us Earthlings on our own planet. As always, what's really important is the excuse it gives you to blast the living daylights out of aliens, zombies, mutants, cyborgs, etc.
Graphically, Red Sector 2112 is one of the most accomplished first-person 3D shooters you'll find on the Windows Mobile platform. I was surprised by the level of detail in the scenery and the explosion effects are impressive too. The electric guitar-based soundtrack is atmospheric enough without ever really being ground-breaking.
You'll need plenty of processor power in order to get the best from this game (at the very least a 400MHz processor with 10Mb of program memory), although there are a series of options to scale-down the graphics settings, available from the main menu if you find it's really laboring.
The gameplay itself is quite exciting once you get into the game. The action starts a fairly slow pace at first and you'll walk around for ages not really getting much action. I guess this is done to help you learn the largely touchscreen-based controls, though personally I think they are fairly easy to master anyway. As you progress through the levels though you'll encounter all manner of baddies and there are plenty of puzzles for you to solve.
If you're a fan of first-person-shooters and find it hard to drag yourself away from your games console, Red Sector 2112 provides some captivating blasting fun to take with you anywhere.