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Trouserheart Review

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By Jennifer Allen on September 26th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PLENTY OF HEART
Simple yet fun, Trouserheart is a charming hack n slasher that's ideal for when one wants to play something a little more casual.
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Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar Review

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By Carter Dotson on August 14th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: QUEST FOR CASH
Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar is a fun online hack 'n slash that unfortunately lets its monetization play too big of a role in the game.
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10tons Discuss Publishing Fantasy Hack n Slasher Trouserheart

Posted by Jennifer Allen on August 12th, 2013

Recently announced, Trouserheart looks like quite the quirky, DeathSpank-style fantasy action game. Notably, it's a game that is being published by established Finnish games studio, 10tons and developed by similarly established and Finnish firm, Dicework Games. With our curiosity piqued, I was able to talk to 10tons's Jaakko Maaniemi about how the union came to be, and just what players should expect when the game is released next month.

148apps: Why is it called Trouserheart?
Jaakko Maaniemi (JM): It's awesome you ask about the name, as we put some serious effort into coming up with it. We wanted to achieve all kinds of things with the name, and we're very happy with Trouserheart. We wanted the name to be short, preferably one word – Trouserheart is ok in that regard.

We obviously wanted the name to be catchy, memorable and distinct, as there are hundreds of games released every day. As the name was your first question, I believe we succeeded here as well. The name also had to communicate the lighthearted, humorous tone of of the game. Check! Trouserheart is also the name of the game’s hero, King Trouserheart.

Finally, we wanted to [be] associated [with] the fantasy genre. The something-heart is a pretty well known fantasy convention, all the way from King Lionheart and Braveheart to hit games like Battleheart and Kingdom Hearts. Trousers also feature in the game’s storyline, but we’ll talk about that in detail later.

148apps: Will Trouserheart be a story-led game?
JM: Trouserheart is not very story driven, apart from the clear setup and rewarding conclusion. The reason is that Trouserheart's gameplay is very short form. In other words, a single session of Trouserheart is just a couple of intensive minutes. There's not a whole lot of time, nor point, in cramming a lot of storytelling in there. And we’re concentrating 100% on making the gameplay as great as possible.

148apps: What inspiration led to the game?
JM: We wanted to make a game that’s simple, easy to pick up and fun to play. It takes literally about five seconds from the start of each session to be in a fight with monsters, knee deep in your next quest. Seasoned gamers can probably name titles Trouserheart reminds them of, but there’s no single source of inspiration in that regard.

Visually, we wanted to make Trouserheart look instantly familiar, but with a recognizable quirky tone. The kind of blocky look works well with the gameplay. The bright colors and clear shapes also help the game look clear on the smaller screens of mobiles.

148apps: Are you able to discuss any of the features within the game? It looks quite hack n slash style in the screenshots, is that the case?
JM: Trouserheart is definitely hack'n slash. In fact, hacking and slashing is basically the only interaction there is in the game, although you do a few kinds of different things with the whackage. We're especially proud of how well we've nailed the virtual controllers. They're really good. We've always been annoyed by how many bad implementations of virtual controllers are out there, and one of the driving factors in creating Trouserheart is that we wanted to do virtual controllers right.

We should also mention that Trouserheart is as relaxed and easy-going as a good hack’n slash game can be. We hope that if Trouserheart is the first hack’n slash game someone plays, they’ll enjoy it.

148apps: What motivated 10tons to go into publishing rather than development?
JM: 10tons has been around for ten years now, and so far we've published around two dozen titles we’ve developed ourselves - and we’ll definitely keep developing games in the future as well. We’ve released games on most mobile platforms and know our way around different markets so we already had a nice toolset for publishing games. Both Dicework Games and 10tons are located in Tampere, Finland, so we had a chance to see the game very early in development. We immediately liked Trouserheart’s concept, instant accessibility, and style. A bit later it we found ourselves in a position where we could help each other: Dicework needed resources to finish and launch the game to realize its full potential and 10tons was dreaming of an easy-going fun mobile game that would also work with gamepads.

Thanks to Jaakko for taking the time to answer our questions. It's great to see indie developers working together towards a common goal. We'll be sure to cover Trouserheart in more depth when it's released in September.

Fallen World Review

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By Carter Dotson on July 31st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: JET SLASH RADIO
Fallen World is a hack 'n slash title with familiar visual influences, but control issues and its brief length ultimately hamper it.
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Zynga's Battlestone - Mobile Hack 'n' Slash Arcade Action

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on May 23rd, 2013

Casual game mega-publisher Zynga has just released a new arcade hack 'n' slash game called Battlestone. You'll get to swipe your way to victory, fighting off hordes of enemies in single player mode, while squaring up against others in PvP modes. Once you get into the game, you'll collect characters, summoning and upgrading heroes to beat ever-more difficult enemies and environments. Get your swipe on today with this free-to-play game on your iPad or iPhone.

Slayin' Review

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By Carter Dotson on April 5th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: I AM SLAIN
Slayin is an endless action-RPG that is exceptionally retro, and just plain exceptionally good.
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The Gods: Rebellion Review

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By Carter Dotson on February 27th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MINOR DEITY
The Gods: Rebellion is very similar to the God of War series, but should be fun for mobile gamers looking for a similar title.
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Knightly Adventure Review

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By Carter Dotson on November 14th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HEAD IN THE CLOUD
Knightly Adventure's individual social and action-RPG components may not be all that remarkable when apart, but put together with cloud-based saving? It's a solid package.
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Cartoon Wars Blade Review

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By Carter Dotson on September 27th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: WAR NEVER CHANGES
Cartoon Wars Blade is a hack 'n slash RPG featuring lots of stick figures getting sliced up, but is it just too repetitive to be long-lasting fun?
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Cardinal Quest Review

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By Carter Dotson on July 3rd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DECENT ADVENTURE
Cardinal Quest is a fast-paced roguelike that is designed for quick play sessions and for those new to the genre.
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Action MMORPG Armed Heroes Online Gameplay Trailer Released

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 3rd, 2012

Given the popularity of MMORPGs on the PC and Mac, it's surprising we haven't seen similar success for iOS. It's the ideal genre to hook players, much like social games. Set to be released, later this month, comes Armed Heroes Online, the latest title hoping to be a huge MMO hit.

Armed Heroes Online describes itself as a real-time 3D Massively Multiplayer Online Action & Role Playing Game (or MMOARPG for short) and the trailer we've been sent is clearly demonstrating the action side of things.

Looking a lot like a Diablo style game, Armed Heroes Online gives players the choice of four classes to play as they explore dungeons, solo or with a group, as well as compete in PvP arenas. It should prove to keep RPG fans of all types happy, given its focus on collecting tons of loot and facing up against many monsters along the way.

Have a look at the gameplay trailer below. We'll be sure to keep you up to date on any further developments.

Glorious Quest Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on May 11th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: KEEP IT SIMPLE
Glorious Quest has its problems, but it's a fun little pick-up-and-play action RPG.
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Zantetsuken, a Hack-n-Slash with a Destructible Environment

Posted by Kevin Stout on April 24th, 2012
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CatfishBlues Games has just introduced a new hack-n-slash game for iOS called Zantetsuken. After trying to pronounce Zantetsuken out loud a few more times, let’s take a look at the game.

Unlike most hack-n-slash games, it isn’t just the monsters the player slashes, it’s the game environment as well. Literally everything is slashable! The game follows Ran the Kunoichi (give a go at pronouncing that one too) as she hacks through enemies with her legendary sword, Zantetsu (at least that’s one syllable less than the name of the game). The game is a platformer, so the goal is to get to the end of the level. Bonuses are hidden in the game’s environment. So not only is it possible to hack apart the levels, it’s encouraged!

The game has 50 levels in five different worlds.

Zantetsuken is 50% for the launch at $0.99. So anyone sick of the traditional hack-n-slashers need look no farther than Zantetsuken. Or, as the app description says, “Are you tired of always and only cutting fruit?”

DevilDark: The Fallen Kingdom Review

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By Carter Dotson on April 17th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: DARK TIMES
DevilDark: The Fallen Kingdom is an action-RPG that makes the mistake of being too monotonous.
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Warheads Medieval Tales Review

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By Jennifer Allen on March 16th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CUTE KNIGHTS
Simple and cute, this is an ideal game for those who like the idea of RPG mechanics but not all the complexities they bring.
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