Developer: Chilli Hugger
Price: $4.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Nearly 30 years after its initial release, Doomdark’s Revenge will come as a shock to many modern gamers. Much like its predecessor, The Lords of Midnight, it’s a tough game; one that few should expect to complete any time soon. At times it’ll feel somewhat unfair, but it’s still quite bewitching.

doomdark8As before, action is divided up into days with players completing turns for each of the characters they control, before resting once night falls and moving forward from there. This time around players must seek out Shareth the Heartstealer, daughter of Doomdark, but the challenge is much steeper. For one thing, the game is over if Luxor the Moonprince is defeated. Something that can occur almost randomly if Luxor comes up against some particularly fierce wolves or dragons. It’s frustrating when that happens, much like in the previous title. It’s something that reminds one of just how much tougher games were back in the 1980s, and it will sometimes grate.

Shareth the Heartstealer can roam the land for herself, much like the other recruitable Lords within the game, ensuring that each game of Doomdark’s Revenge can feel very different. Thanks to such things, it’s a distinctly difficult game. It’s worth playing though.

doomdark2Lending itself well to the touch screen format, it’s easy enough to roam through a series of arrows and text based options. A mapping feature further helps one’s efforts with it possible to see where the action is, to an extent. While the near randomness of battles can still prove infuriating, giving a certain amount of trial and error to proceedings, Doomdark’s Revenge is still a well made conversion. This just means that it comes with the flaws of the original as much as it comes with the greatness that is contained within.

Doomdark’s Revenge harkens back to an era when games weren’t made to be easily solved, but it’s a fun if old fashioned RPG. There’s nothing to see here for those unenthused by The Lords of Midnight, but fans will appreciate the extra time spent in the company of Luxor and co.

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