Sniper Assassin: Long Range Killing Machine (simply shortened to Sniper Assassin) is the first game in the Sniper Assassin series created by Ultimate Flash Archive. The player takes the role as an unknown government agent (later known as Shawn Davidson in Sniper Assassin II) to kill a mysterious man called " Mr. Johnson" head of the drug syndicate FFG Corporation. During the game, three traitors are killed and two of Mr. Johnson's cocaine warehouses are assaulted, but Mr. Johnson is not killed or captured. The second game follow immediately after the events of the last mission in the first game. Shawn had returned home to find his wife hanging on a noose with a bullet in her skull. This traumatizes Shawn enough to decide to leave the government agency, and become a mercenary. After completing missions for people, Shawn receives an email from his old agency co-worker Ben, saying that he knows a target with details about his wife's murder. The target is revealed to be a fourth traitor to the agency. Shawn captures and interrogates the traitor, who reveals that he knows information about Mr. Johnson that could be of use to the agency.
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A prequel, Sniper Assassin Zero, is available on iTunes and Google Play.
The following tropes appear over the course of 5 games; some spoilers are unmarked:
- Bittersweet Ending:
- In the final mission of the third game, Shawn finally kills Mr. Johnson, avenging his wife's death. However, with the death of the mastermind, the actual killer, Mr.J, has become the new leader of the FFG Corp. Syndicate.
- In the fourth game, Shawn saves Charlie from Mr.J's men, only to return to HQ find Ben dead. His final message to Shawn was written in his own blood: 1st Warehouse FFG.
- Bad Boss:
- Mr. Johnson manipulates Shawn into shooting or torturing Johnson's own subordinates.
- Mr. J views his henchmen as expendable, as evidenced by the fact that he captures Agent Charlie, despite knowing full well that Shawn is going to end up killing his men as a result. He also has them go up against law enforcement while he flees.
- Bait the Dog: After finding the fourth traitor from his former agency, Shawn beat the man to find info on Mr. Johnson. The man claims Johnson threatened his family, and offers to help Shawn. Unfortunately, the man later turns out to be Johnson himself, who has exploited the situation by manipulating Shawn into killing subordinates who are disloyal.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Mr. Johnson, the CEO of FFG Corporation, uses his company as a front for drug dealing.
- Dirty Coward: Johnson and J both try to escape death while their flunkies fight off Shawn and his team.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Mr. Johnson is only the antagonist in 3 games before Mr. J takes over for him.
- Dragon Ascendant: Mr. J takes over Mr. Johnsons position as boss when the latter dies.
- Drowning My Sorrows: At the beginning of the fourth game, Shawn, feeling too tired after everything, quits the agency and his life as an assassin and start drinking. It takes his best friend Ben to snap him out of his depression.
- Entitled Bastard: Mr. J expects his subordinate, Mr. Lee, to break him out of prison, despite his abysmal treatment of his employees. Lee has other plans.
- Human Shield: Mr. J tries to escape justice by running in the opposite direction of a crowd of people, effectively endangering civilian lives.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Shawn invokes this in order to find intel on Mr. Johnson, and later Mr J, Notably, using a ceiling lamp, a lemon, and a toilet, amongst other things.
- Last-Name Basis: Mr. Johnson is only ever referred to by his title and last name, assuming his last name isnt an alias.
- Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: FFG Corporation, ostensibly a textile manufacturer, is actually a front for the manufacturing of narcotics.
- Lost Lenore: Shawns wife, dies in the second game, but her death is what drives Shawns vendetta.
- No Honor Among Thieves: The heads and employees of FFG Corp. are perfectly willing to betray each other at the first chance they get, and furthermore have no qualms about endangering civilian lives.
- No Name Given:
- Subverted when Shawn is identified in the second game.
- Downplayed with Mrs. Davidson, Shawns wife who ends up murdered, assuming she took her husbands name.
- Mr. Johnsons given name is never revealed, assuming Johnson is his actual last name.
- Johnsons successor, Mr. Js surname, is never revealed, but his given name is Jacob, as revealed by Mr. Lee when the latter betrays him
- Noodle Implements: Amongst the items used to interrogate people, Shawn uses a ceiling lamp, a lemon, and a toilet.
- Only Known by Initials: Mr. J, whose real given name is revealed as Jacob before Mr. Lee shoots him in his prison cell.
- Pyrrhic Victory: Mr. Lee usurps his boss, Mr. J, but does not benefit from it, as depending on whether Shawn saves an FFG henchman in the 5th game, he either is arrested in Shanghai after crippling Shawn, or the henchman Shawn saved, prevents Lee from getting the upper hand, and leaves Lee for the police to find.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Shawn brutally interrogates FFG employees in order to find and kill Mr. Johnson, and later Mr. J.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Shawns wife is murdered by Mr. J on Mr. Johnsons orders.
- Smug Snake: Mr. J likes to think he is smarter than everyone else; he is ultimately betrayed by his overconfidence.
- The Starscream:
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Mr. Johnson pretends to be his own mole in order to manipulate Shawn into killing his underlings, claiming that Johnson threatened his family, when in reality he is Johnson himself.