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Thirty years after Mattel dominated TVs and toy chests with all manner of hokey and impossible men and monsters, The Most Powerful Man in the Universe is getting his video game dues.
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Spellsword, a new title from Fire Fruit Forge, is set to be released soon. According to a release announcement and screenshots posted on the Touch Arcade Forums, it should be released sometime soon (possibly within the next month).
After watching the gameplay trailer, it looks to be quite the action-packed hack and slash game. The storyline is based on a “spellsword” with the ability to kill many minions at a time and the champion who picks up the sword. The game has a sort of retro look and the music even sounds 8-bit derived.
Apparently, the mission/quest system was somewhat inspired by Jetpack Joyride. There are quests in different areas but the game still contains an “endless gaming” sort of feel. There will be 60 missions at the release of the game.
Fire Fruit Forge is also the developer team behind hit title, Terra Noctis. Check out the gameplay trailer for Spellsword below.
Fun Vault Games has just released Doodle Dungeon on an unsuspecting App Store. And while it may be a little too obvious with its inspirations (read: it’s Gauntlet with doodles), it also captures the essence as well or even better than most other iOS attempts. That and it doesn’t cost a dime.
Now when I say it’s “a little too obvious,” I don’t just mean that it uses the same top-down perspective. It also features the same four classes (warrior, wizard, Valkyrie and ranger/elf), the same floor-to-floor progression, the same mobs of enemies pouring out of destructible generators and even the same level layouts in a few places. I’m not crying foul or anything, because it doesn’t attempt to hide any of this, but it’s something worth noting. For better or worse.
I’m inclined to think it’s for the better though, seeing as there’s no official iOS release (of Gauntlet) available right now. It’s bound to excite anyone who’s poured hours into any of the original game’s iterations, from the arcade to the PlayStation Network store. Doodle Dungeon is available right now, and I reiterate: it’s totally free.
Sparta is an unoriginal hack-and-slash with no variations to keep things interesting. The graphics are good, and promised updates might actually make it a good game. But for now, I'd advise caution unless you just want a mindless, boring experience.
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