Review: Cannon Challenge by Discovery Communications


This review originally appeared within iLounge’s iOS Gems series within the compilation article, iPhone Gems: War! Military-Themed Games + More. Additional details may be found in the original article.

Review: Cannon Challenge by Discovery Communications

To be clear up front, we’re not going to say that Discovery Communications’ Cannon Challenge (Free) is a breakthrough iPhone game, or even that it’s especially deep. It is, however, both a smart little time-waster and a novel form of advertising for the Discovery Channel’s TV show Future Weapons. You’re placed in command of a “Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon,” a tank with the ability to fire rounds on arcs to hit targets scattered across a landscape. With limited ammo, you need to judge your cannon’s elevation and power to make sure that all of the targets are neutralized. Other than these adjustments and a firing button, there’s nothing more to do.

Review: Cannon Challenge by Discovery Communications

Review: Cannon Challenge by Discovery Communications

As simple as the gameplay may be, the colorful and visually varied 15 stages in Cannon Challenge kept us playing from start to finish—admittedly, a half an hour or maybe an hour, tops. It’s based upon a web-based Discovery version and appears to share downsampled art and the same powerful cannon sound effect, with the benefit of smoother touch-based controls and pick-up, put-down convenience. Great? No. But fun for what it is, and modestly educational on the NLOS Cannon concept? Sure. iLounge Rating: B.


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Company and Price

Company: Discovery Communications


Title: Cannon Challenge

Price: Free

Compatible: iPhones, iPod touches


Jeremy Horwitz

Jeremy Horwitz was the Editor-in-Chief at iLounge. He has written over 5,000 articles and reviews for the website and is one of the most respected members of the Apple media. Horwitz has been following Apple since the release of the original iPod in 2001. He was one of the first reviewers to receive a pre-release unit of the device, and his review helped put iLounge on the map as a go-to source for Apple news.