By Skald 20 Comments
Before I start rambling on about the graphics, I just want to say that the protagonists of this game reminded me of a certain TV family. For whatever reason, every single time someone in their "bloodline" dies, the next one has to try and avenge him. Now I know that this is a six dollar game, but for the amount of money it's going to make (it passed Angry Birds as the top download in less than a day) I think someone could have thought up a more interesting concept.
Anyway, the game is basically Punch-Out!! with RPG elements. You play as some kind of knight who fights trolls and assassins and such, and for every kill you make money and gain experience. When you have enough money you can get new equipment. When you reach the end of the game, the last boss kills you and you start the game over as Mandlebaum Junior.
I assume that there is a point where you can kill the level fifty God King if you really stick with it. The game lends itself to being played ad nauseum, and even though it's the same stuff over and over again, it's the loot that keeps you going. There are also branching paths, but they never change the game very much, usually they're just a place to find a high level assassin guarding a chest, so I guess that makes the other paths more of a distraction than anything else.
Oh, and the game looks great. I don't feel like really getting into it, but suffice to say that it looks better than any PSP game I've played, despite being way shorter. I'm pretty sure all the effects are pre-rendered, judging by how good they look, but that didn't detract from my enjoyment of the game at all. It has definitely passed Rage HD for the title of best graphics in an iPhone game.
If bobbing, weaving and slashing are your kind of thing, you should check this game out. It's definitely worth the six bucks.