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CAVE OF EPOKOTHAR [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (78%)

Cave of Epokothar is a classic “Rogue” style RPG released by GroovyCats.

Cave of Epokothar is a role-playing game in the rogue-like genre. You choose a character and then explore the caves on a quest to defeat the evil demon Epokothar. In your adventures, you battle a wide variety of monsters, find new and more powerful equipment, and gain levels and skills.”

When you start the game you are offered four character to select from. A ranger, dwarf, halfling and human. I preferred the dwarf as it often had more hit points and 3 hand axes, which are good for throwing.

The game itself has the look and feel of a Rogue game. With a mini map, basic graphics and a cut down RPG rule system. There appears to be no magic in this game which is a bit of a shame. You navigate the dungeon by tapping the direction you wish to travel.

Combat is done with you moving into the monsters for close combat and clicking on the monsters at range to trigger a mini menu that allows you to throw or fire weapons at them. You can even throw your melee weapon, which will leave you to attack the monster with your bare hands unless you have another weapon to wield.

The adventure side of things is completely random, so you should never get two games being the same. This can be a good thing at times, but can mean you sometimes encounter three or four monsters coming down corridors at you moments after starting to explore.

The game does suffer from slow down at times, especially when you are trying to go back through several empty rooms and you will often see the inventory appear at the end of the movement, even though you did not press anything to trigger it.

The graphics and sound are both functional, just like the original style of game it is based on.

On the upside:

  • Some old fashion fun.
  • Endless hours of gameplay.
  • No too games the same.

On the downside:

  • Controls often has you tapping on the character and bring up the inventory by mistake.
  • I managed to get stuck once and even searching the walls several times I could not find a way out.
  • Game can seem laggy at times.
  • I would have preferred some save and load options, but autosave is OK.

Overall, this is a nice rogue style RPG. It is well designed and works like the RPG classic. In this way it is tough and you can die suddenly, this is way I would have like a save option, but that is probably just me. If you like this style of random dungeon adventuring then you will like this one.

Rating: 78%

Size: 5.3 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.79

Link: Cave of Epokothar – GroovyCats

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Posted by on January 7, 2012 in Game - Role Playing, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

DINK SMALLWOOD HD [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (75%)

Dink Smallwood HD is an classic style role playing game released by Robinson Technologies.

“Dink Smallwood HD is the newly remixed version of the classic RPG brought to you by the original creators featuring: Huge RPG featuring around 15 hours of gameplay.”

The game is basically a solo role playing game. It is an overhead view and with a pseudo 3D look. You explore the world finding quests and items to help you become the hero that Dink has always wished to be.

At the start of the game you will wander your village does some tasks, which lead you by the nose until your quest truly begins.

Gameplay wise, you will explorer the world learning new skills (including magic) and improving Dink as you progress. 

One of the down sides of the game is Dink starts very weak and he takes a while to improve, this does mean that until you have magic you will need to save regularly as combat will be fatal, especially if you wander too far.

The game is controlled with a virtual joystick and various on screen buttons that control the inventory, searching and combat.

The graphics and sound are both good. It has a good sound track.

I have played this game on both iPad and Mac in the past, so how does this version stand up? Well, on the whole it stands out very well. The user interface needs a little work, but apart from that it plays very well on the Touchpad.

On the upside:

  • Looks like it will be a good game to get into, as your magical abilities increase.
  • There is interaction with other characters that is lacking in similar games.
  • Fun and Wacky ideas and characters.

On the downside:

  • The game is a little basic, such as your fist in the inventory, you need to select it so you can punch. 
  • There are better RPGs out there, but not so many on the Touchpad.
  • For a free roaming game it is still quite linear at times.

Overall, this is a good role playing game and has some good ideas. It is a little bit basic at times and the tutorial is a little slow and plodding. Once you find magic the game starts to show what it can really do. If you are looking for an RPG you can get into, then this game could be what you are looking for.

Rating: 75%

Size: 165.1 MB

Price (at time of review): £2.38

Link: Dink Smallwood HD- Robinson Technologies

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2011 in Game - Role Playing, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

FARA [IPHONE] – REVIEW (80%)

Fara is a classic style RPG released by Pixel and Texel.

Our hero is pulled out of his own time and is washed up on a beach in Fara. To add insult to injury he finds he has a slimey (and talking) creature stuck to his arm.

The game itself has your character walking around the with a top down view similar to Zelda. When you talk with characters a nice well drawn image of the person will appear on the side of the text area.

Combat is done in real time, with you pressing the attack / action button to attack them, you of course need to be facing the right direction.

The adventure side work well with you picking up quests that are visible on the world map, and you move around by following the pathway and flipping onto the next screen.

The game really shines on the humour, the main character and all the people he meets have their own quirks and even the slimy Furolles have a personally of their own.

The game has a few minor flaws like the shield sections that switch controls to tilt, rather than letting you continue to the virtual control stick. There is also an ice cave with an annoying place blocks on pressure pads against a heavy wind that also annoys.

The graphics and sound are both very good, but the characters lack a little on the animation side.

On the upside:

  • Great little adventure.
  • Nice humour.
  • Some old fashion fun.

On the downside:

  • Let down a little by the controls, use the virtual joystick for a better experience.
  • A little on the short side.

Overall, this a well designed little adventure game. It is not really an RPG as such due to the lack of character progression, but it is still a fun game to play. I hope there will be more to come from this game, but for now the £0.69 is a fair price to pay for a few hours of adventuring in the World of Fara.

Rating: 80%

Size: 26.3 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69

Link: Fara – Pixel and Texel

 
 

CONAN: TOWER OF THE ELEPHANT [IOS] – REVIEW (68%)

Conan: Tower of the Elephant is a mix of Fighting / RPG game released by Chillingo Ltd.

Become Conan, the most renowned barbarian hero of all time and embark on an epic, bloody and engrossing adventure. Based on Robert E. Howard’s original short story, The Tower of the Elephant, you must aid Taurus, the prince of thieves and defeat scores of enemies in your quest to claim the fabled treasure of the tower for yourself. 

This Conan game mixes combat and quest based adventure there is a main plot line and then you can obtain sub quests along the way. Several of the quests are similar collections or kill quests. The objective is often shown on the map. You are rewarded with experience and story line as you progress.

Gamepay wise, you play from a top down view and move around the areas smashing barrels, talking to people and fighting any enemies that are fool enough to attack you.

The enemies in the game have to be called “mindlessly dumb”. They run towards Conan whereever they are, even if this is behind a brick wall. So you can watch them laughing from the other side as they run on the spot trying to get to you, when a doorway is mear inches off to the side.

The game is controlled by the standard virtual joystick with swipe area for combat and buttons appearing with blocking, interaction and berserk.

The graphics and sound are good. The comic book artwork is well drawn.

On the upside:

  • Nice Comic style cut scenes.
  • Interesting use of the Conan license.

On the downside:

  • Crashing issues with lower spec devices.
  • Combat is feels a little lacking.
  • Things “respawn” far too often (barrels and enemies)
  • Dumb AI of the enemies.

Overall, this game is not all it could be. There are some nice elements to the game that work well, but as a whole it is an average effect to jump onto the Conan movie bandwagon. The crashing issues really did not help, with the fear of a crash every time I left the map / inventory screens. These issues are being addressed according to the developers so we will certainly be looking again when the application is updated. For now, I cannot recommend unless you are a huge Conan fan.

Rating: 68%

Size: 141 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.49

Link: Conan: Tower of the Elephant – Chillingo Ltd

 

EMISSARY OF WAR [IOS] – REVIEW (80%)

Emissary of War is an RPG adventure released by Cedar Hills Games Inc.

The emissary’s journey is almost complete! Only a single treaty remains to be brokered and then home to a hard-earned rest. As long as nothing goes wrong…

In this game you will take control of Ghent, a barbarian who is the emissary of the title, who with his assistant Hassock, find out that war is coming to the lands and they are being set up.

The characters are likable with Ghent the sword wielding and brash barbarian, and Hassock, the intelligent, but clumsy, potion maker.

The story line is good and expands as you play the game, making it unclear how big the game will really be in the end.

Gameplay wise, you will guide the group by movement around the map from a pseudo top down view. Ghent will move to or attack any target you touch. Hassock follows behind like a faithful servant.

Combat is automatic with Ghent attacking any creature you select. Hassock will attack your target or anything that comes very close to him. You get to select the potions that Hassock will throw, but this is the limit of control you have over him. One annoyance is Ghent will not automatically attack the nearest enemy if the original target is killed.

The developers have released this application for free, with you able to play Chapter 1 in full. This chapter is a nice prologue to the game and builds you interest in seeing more. Chapter 1 takes around 20-30 minutes to play. Chapter 2 is offered for £1.99, if you purchase this, then you will be a little disappointed. Chapter 2 is about the same length as Chapter 1, so the game can be finished in an hour (if fact there is an achievement for finishing Chapter 1 & 2 in 40 minutes) If I had purchased the game for £0.69, then the length would have been acceptable. However, when you feel you have paid £2 for 20 minutes of extra gameplay then it is not. 

The game is controlled by tapping the screen in the location you want to move to, and then using the special ability button as it appears, or tapping on the potions that you wish Hassock to throw.

The graphics and sound are both very good. The artwork is well drawn with some nice character artwork, however, they do look a little low res in the cut scenes when the action zooms in on the game engine.

On the upside:

  • Fun gameplay.
  • Well designed UI.
  • Some nice cut scenes.

On the downside:

  • Far too short (completed in less than an hour and I was exploring side rooms etc.)
  • Dumbed down RPG.
  • Would be nice.

Overall, this is a good and solid role playing game, a little dumbed down like most on touch devices, but that decision appears to be more for the casual gamers. The game has a lot of promise, but is just too short. It really depends on how chapter 3 is released, if it is tagged on to this application and at no extra cost to people who have purchased the game for the £1.99 price tag then the game has a big future, if you have to buy again at £1.99 then they have lost me right here. My advice, download the app give it a try for free, if you like it hold on and see if chapter 3 is released and how.

Rating: 80%

Size: 38.5 MB

Price (at time of review): Free (with in-app purchased of £1.99 for chapter 2)

Link: Emissary of War – Cedar Hill Games Inc.