Developer: Orca Inc

Price: Free
Version: 1.0.1
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

New to the category of “Games That Are Terribly Addictive For No Immediately Discernible Reason” (founded by Flappy Bird) is Pot of Legend, an action game by Orca Inc. Players are not expected to do much in this retro-themed title beyond scooting their finger across the screen, but once the action gets fired up they’re probably going to find it near-impossible to stop. The game focuses around a simple truth introduced to the world at large with The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past: Smashing crockery is fun. And, as is the case in Zelda games, the urns sitting around in Pot of Legend contain money.

pot_02That’s good, because the player’s ultimate goal is to collect 1,000,000,000,000 gold pieces from the urns. For readers that weren’t awake from their fourth grade mathematics class (no blame being laid here), that’s a cool trillion. One trillion gold pieces need to be farmed before the “Pot of Legend” will show itself. What’s inside? It’s a secret.

Pot of Legend begins with a single hero. The hero – if that’s a suitable term for a little guy that goes through a house (possibly not his own) and breaks stuff with a sword to collect money – automatically runs around the house, smashes urns, and grabs the coins inside. Players mostly concern themselves with swiping the screen to collect the cash, as well as tapping the screen to spawn more pots. Of course there’s no way one little guy is going to collect one trillion gold pieces before the heat death of the universe; that’s why the player needs to invest some of the gold for performance improvements. Amongst the purchasable items are new heroes (up to ten), all of which can have their weapons upgraded to smash pots more quickly. Players can also upgrade pots’ gold output, and increase the number allowed to appear on-screen at once.

pot_05Reaching a trillion gold actually doesn’t take long once there’s an army of pot-smashers darting around on-screen, but players will be compelled to keep pouring money into upgrades because the chaos is so much fun to behold. Zipping one’s finger across the screen and collecting reams of gold is kind of satisfying, too. If only making money in the real world was so simple. *sigh*

Pot of Legend is ridiculous in both concept and execution, but that’s its charm. It’s also free, and lacks in-app purchases; only the occasional ad pops up from time to time. It’s an utter time-waster, but it’s one of the most refined time-wasters currently on mobile.

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