Developer: Pixeljam
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

As the name kind of alludes to, Glorkian Warrior: Trials of Glork is wacky. A fun kind of wacky at that. Attempting to capture the spirit of Saturday morning cartoons with Galaga-style shooting, it builds up slowly, leading to a crescendo of fun and chaos.

glorkian2Essentially, there are elements of bullet hell to this title but it’s a more forgiving kind (with the option of switching to Easy), meaning that there’s less frustration and more fun to be had. Auto-fire controls the bullets while players can run around the arena, jumping to avoid low targets. The action builds up to a fairly hectic level but that’s ok because the player can also acquire a few power-ups along the way. Those power-ups can be combined too, so for instance one can enjoy rapid fire while also benefiting from a triple laser beam twisting upwards.

It’s possible to pick up energy crackers – small cubes located on the ground – that can be used to put towards upgrades of sorts. These upgrades offer bonuses such as more effective lasers and extra health, but also sillier things such as exploding basketballs. There’s the chance to unlock a related comic book too, which is cool. It’ll take a while to unlock everything within Glorkian Warrior: Trials of Glork and that’s exactly where its replayability proves to be so endearing. There’s no skipping ahead through in-app purchases here. Glorkian Warrior: Trials of Glork keeps it pure and simple.

glorkian5It’s also worth pointing out that Glorkian Warrior: Trials of Glork‘s control system is appropriately flexible. A choice of using the edge of the screen to dictate movement or virtual buttons ensures that there’s something comfortable for everyone, right down to the ability to resize buttons.

It might look basic but Glorkian Warrior: Trials of Glork offers a surprising amount of depth. Crucially, it’s fun to keep on playing, unlock new features, and watch as the game gets more challenging. It really is quite the delight.


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