Summary A fun, free, episodic mobile game for Android users which draws heavily on classic action-y side-scrollers of yesteryear, like Metroid and Castlevania.
Description Type: Side-scrolling Platformer
Platform: Mobile, Android
Players: Single-player only
Age: All ages
Game Time: A few hours
High replay value
Variety of gameplay
Waiting for weekly updates can get a bit frustrating
High-end device needed
Review Of all the mobile games I've played, none have been as enjoyable as this one. If you own a high-end Android device and haven't played this game, check it out.
The plot is set up as follows: evil warlock invades castle and lays waste to the guards, leaving only the Captain and a guy with an afro alive, and then a mysterious shadowy figure sends a minion to infiltrate the castle and investigate. The player controls the minion.
From there, it's a matter of going through each dungeon, collecting loot and fighting off hordes of undead and creepy crawlies. As the game progresses, the loot gets better and the monsters get harder.
A fun mechanic is the way that certain loot is imbued with magical properties that when used, incurs immunity to certain types of environmental damage and bonuses to weapon strength. As the game progresses, new ways to play become available; upgrading loot, collecting keys to open chests, and finding ever more elusive secret areas and challenging bonus levels.
But best of all, there are absolutely no ads anywhere in the game, and it's free to download from Google Play. There are micropayment options that allow the player to buy gold if they so choose (which I have done, because I believe this developer deserves the support), but at no point does the game make the player feel like they have to pay to win.
The only real complaint I can make is that, at the time of writing this review, there have been 20 levels released, and I have completed them all; a new level is released every week, but that can feel like an eternity sometimes!
Verdict: Challenging, but not too challenging, no ads, hours of fun - 8/10
Tip for new players: After getting the dagger, double back to where you started from, break the cracked wall, then go back to the area that looks like the title screen. Break those vases and you'll get some excellent starter loot.