Developer: Hungry Game
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Sir Lovalot is a quirky little game reminiscient of the arcade classic, Nebulus. It’s an ideal game to play in short bursts even if it is clear that the Princess is doomed to never be rescued.

You play Sir Lovalot, a lovestruck knight, who must reach the top of the Tower in order to save the precious Princess. To do so, you have to jump higher and higher. This is done through tilting the iOS device – a control method that admittedly I’m not a huge fan of. This isn’t solely Sir Lovalot’s fault, it’s just that I play a lot of iPhone games while lying in bed before I go to sleep. Once I got used to the fact that I had to keep the iPhone steady though, I learnt that Sir Lovalot’s control system does suit the game really well. My dislike of tilt controls was quickly brushed away. It also makes it an ideal game to drop in on for short bursts as it’s so easy to get to grips with.

It’s a tumultuous path upwards for young Lovalot. Not all the platforms are as easy to leap on as you would think. Some break away as you climb on them, others are spring loaded. Even worse, some have spikes on which cause the poor Knight to lose a heart. Lose three hearts and it’s game over.

At times it’s not always clear as to where you need to go next, but this is a common flaw with the genre of vertical climbing. There’s a timer which also encourages you to keep on leaping, but it’s not too obtrusive. The entire manner of Sir Lovalot makes it so that you want to keep moving as fast as you can. The Open Feint leaderboards go a step further in encouraging you.

Sir Lovalot is far from a complicated game, but that is its charm. It’s purely a game that you jump (pun intended) into for 5-10 minutes just to see if you can boost your high score a tad further. It’s cheap, it’s cheerful, it’s worth a play.

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