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THE RELIC – REVIEW (45%)

The Relic is a hack and slash RPG and is released by Clickgamer.com

The game puts you into the shoes of a barbarian warrior who is hunting for the relic.

The idea of the game is to search around dungeons, being given clues by a friendly ghost, and picking up souls and items that will aid you in your journey. On the way you will be attack by hordes of skeletons, spiders and humans.

The game is controlled badly via virtual joystick, an attack button and other action buttons that will appear when items and powers are available.

The graphics are good, but nothing outstanding. The game music is very good, with a music track that you can purchase from iTunes.

The game is universal and runs on both iPad and iPhone.

This game really feels like a beta version, or one that is a few weeks from completion. You can almost believe it had a deadline and they were not going to miss it so released it semi finished.

On the upside:

  • Good Music
  • Could improve with an update.

On the downside:

  • Feels unfinished
  • Virtual stick controls are terrible, and will stop working from time to time.
  • You are mindlessly swamped be a horde of creatures every time you.
  • Items on the floor slowly drift towards you (like gold and potions) and follow you
  • Some enemies run away, and you find yourself chasing them round for a minute unable to hit them.

Overall, I was looking forward to this game, hoping it would be a good clone of Dungeon Hunter. I was sadly disappointed. There is nothing here that could not be fixed with a update or two, but it seems strange to me that a software company would sign off the release instead of saying to wait for a few weeks.

Rating: 45%

Size: 78.4 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.59

Link: The Relic – Clickgamer.com

 

SUPERBROTHERS: SWORD & SWORCERY EP – REVIEW (88%)

Superbrother: Sword & Sworcery Ep is an off the wall RPG by Capybara Games Inc.

A lot of people have been very interested in seeing this game since the bizarre preview video, including myself, but does the game live up to the preview? The simple answer is: Yes.

The story behind the game is that you play the Scythian, a wandering warrior monk, who adventures in the lands brings him to meet several strange people, places and creatures on your journey.

The idea behind the game is to journey through this mysterious world meeting people and solving the puzzles, the best advice I can give is follow the dog, he will help you a lot.

The application is controlled by tapping on the screen to move there, or a creature or item to look at it from a distance, you can also drag your finger to look around the screen, this is need often as some areas are large and it will help you find the exits etc. You also have to tilt the device from landscape to portrait to enter combat and use the megatome.

It game is split into sessions, so the game tries to split itself into sections so you can take a break from the game.

The sound in the game is very good. The graphics are strange, there are almost retro in style, and seem to be an odd choice, however, after a short time you get use of them and try do grow on you.

On the upside:

  • Excellent puzzle and spot game
  • Great user interface.

On the downside:

  • Some of the things the games does is off the wall, and may not appeal to some.
  • Sometimes tricky to tap on some areas, like the door when exiting a hut.

Overall, this is an excellent application it is not your standard RPG, more of a puzzle game with an RPG style. The game is well designed and has a totally unique style. If you are a fan of games like Sierra Heros Quest or other point and click adventure this is well worth a look, however, the out of the wall nature of the game may put some off, for me however, it makes the game more appealing.

Rating: 88%

Size: 133 MB

Price (at time of review):£2.99

Link: Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP – Capybara Games Inc.

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2011 in Game - Role Playing, iPad, Reviews

 

SACRED ODYSSEY HD – REVIEW (90%)

Sacred Odyssey: Rise of Ayden HD is a Zelda style RPG released by Gameloft.

This game is free to download, and you will be able to play the first part of the quest, getting use to the controls and combat. This takes around 15 minutes, but at the end of this the application will ask you to unlock the full game for £3.99. The good news is if you have multiple devices as long as they are using the same iTunes account they can be upgrades for Free once you purchase on one of the devices.

The background behind the game, if you play Ayden a farm boy who is the son of a fairly well know warrior who fought in the war against Grimlok’s hordes. Ayden has dreams of a mysterious girl who seems to be asking him to help a tree. Ayden is not crazy, as his dreams become real as he saves the mysterious girl.

Sacred Odyssey is a cross between Zelda and Gameloft’s Hero of Sparta game. The role playing aspects are limited to automatic enhancements to Ayden as he progresses through the game.

Combat in the game is good, but not perfect. The auto lock onto the attacker sometimes means you attack a creature your were not planning to.

The graphics and sounds are both excellent, however there are the very occasional musical glitch.

The main different between the iPhone version and the iPad version is the mini map at the side of the screen. You can also tap the mini map and this will take you directly into the main map screen in the character menu system.

On the upside:

  • Involving storyline
  • Some great characters to meet along the way.
  • You get your own horse

On the downside:

  • Auto camera angle can be annoying at times, but can be adjusted manually.
  • A few seconds in game loading as you travel through areas.

Overall, this is an excellent game. I found the storyline solid with the history of Ayden past slowly revealed. There are a few puzzles to solve along the way, and most are pretty clear. The story moves along at a good pace and the game manages to keep your interest. The game has several very minor issues that although have lowered its rating a little do not really stop you from enjoying the game.

Rating: 90%

Size: 375 MB

Price (at time of review): FREE (£3.99 to unlock the full game)

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2011 in Game - Role Playing, iPad, Reviews

 

SACRED ODYSSEY – REVIEW (90%)

Sacred Odyssey: Rise of Ayden is a Zelda style RPG released by Gameloft.

This game is free to download, and you will be able to play the first part of the quest, getting use to the controls and combat. This takes around 15 minutes, but at the end of this the application will ask you to unlock the full game for £3.99. The good news is if you have multiple devices as long as they are using the same iTunes account they can be upgrades for Free once you purchase on one of the devices.

The background behind the game, if you play Ayden a farm boy who is the son of a fairly well know warrior who fought in the war against Grimlok’s hordes. Ayden has dreams of a mysterious girl who seems to be asking him to help a tree. Ayden is not crazy, as his dreams become real as he saves the mysterious girl.

Sacred Odyssey is a cross between Zelda and Gameloft’s Hero of Sparta game. The role playing aspects are limited to automatic enhancements to Ayden as he progresses through the game.

Combat in the game is good, but not perfect. The auto lock onto the attacker sometimes means you attack a creature your were not planning to.

The graphics and sounds are both excellent, however there are the very occasional musical or graphical glitch.

On the upside:

  • Involving storyline
  • Some great characters to meet along the way.
  • You get your own horse

On the downside:

  • Auto camera angle can be annoying at times, but can be adjusted manually.
  • A few seconds in game loading as you travel through areas.
  • Need a high end iOS device to play it.

Overall, this is an excellent game. I found the storyline solid with the history of Ayden past slowly revealed. There are a few puzzles to solve along the way, and most are pretty clear. The story moves along at a good pace and the game manages to keep your interest. The game has several very minor issues that although have lowered its rating a little do not really stop you from enjoying the game.

Rating: 90%

Size: 403 MB

Price (at time of review): FREE (£3.99 to unlock the full game)

 
 

DINK SMALLWOOD HD [MAC] – REVIEW (73%)

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

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.

Gameplay wise you using the cursor controls to move Dink around, the space bar is an interaction button, ctrl to attack or use equipped items and shift for any select magic spells.

The game is clearly just a conversion of the iOS version it was designed for, but it has been done well, and the controls work fine.

The graphics and sound are both good. However, the graphics are the same as the iOS version so look a little blocky on the higher res display of the Mac. The music is nice, but sometimes seems out of place, with spooky music playing on one screen, move to the next and you get an upbeat bouncy track.

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.

On the downside:

  • The game seems a little on the basic side, such as your fist in the inventory, you select it and can then punch. 
  • When compared with similar games (such as Dungeon Hunter 2 on iOS) its short comings become clear.
  • The start of the game is quite linear, with you having to do things in order to leave the town.

Overall, this game is good. It is a bit basic and not for the more “hard core” role players, but for someone looking for a more gentle introduction into role play this game is fine. The game still has some issues with the gameplay side of things, but with the extras now included and being free it is well worth a look. It is clear that the developer loves this product and will continue to work on improving it.

Rating: 73%

Size: 58.6 MB

Price (at time of review): Free

Link: Dink Smallwood HD

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2011 in Game - Role Playing, Mac Software, Reviews