Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Trouserheart is an ideal game for the mobile format. It's the kind of thing that can be jumped into for five or ten minute sessions, while still actually achieving something in that short space of time.
In the vein of games such as Diablo and Torchlight, Trouserheart is a hack-n-slasher that's very simple to learn. Using a virtual d-pad and one sole button to attack with, it takes seconds to master. What takes a little longer is learning to dodge enemies by moving around them quickly. It's still all pretty simple stuff, though. Vibrantly animated, Trouserheart also maintains a charming and humorous take on events, right down to the player's quest to rescue one's trousers. Yes, really.
More restrictive than its influences, players move across a series of rooms taking out all the enemies in order to progress to the next one. Think of the dungeons in Zelda games, and that's kind of what Trouserheart is going with. There aren't really any puzzles to speak of though, other than a few tile-based ones that open up more treasures. Instead, Trouserheart is solely about slashing one's way through the levels and confronting a boss at the end.
Coins can be collected along the way and then used to purchase upgrades such as extra health or better offensive and defensive skills. It's a nice reward for progress and coins are generous enough that progression is quite smooth and rapid.
Trouserheart is, admittedly, a tad on the easy side when playing on the lower difficulty mode, but those who like to be punished will be suitably rewarded with a challenging permadeath mode. Trouserheart is still firmly in the casual gaming experience camp though, as everything about it is pretty simple to learn. That's no bad thing though, given that the game is good, solid fun. It's an ideal palate cleanser between weightier titles, even if it is a little shallow.