Explore the SGC, fight Jaffa, and play golf.
Players: 1 player
Age: Any age
Game Time: 1-2 hours
Developer or Designer: Arkalis Interactive
Publisher: Arkalis Interactive
Amount of gameplay misleading
Crashes at certain points
is a game based on the popular Science Fiction TV show, Stargate: SG-1
. It is free to download, but includes in-app purchases. The way this is advertised, however, is very misleading.
On the main screen, you will be shown three modes of play. These are Stargate Command, Golf, and Teal'c's Revenge.
Teal'c's Revenge is the one most heavily advertised on the site, and the only one to feature screenshots. This is deceptive because it leads you to think that this is the game you are downloading to play. However, you soon find out that this 'free' game has to be purchased. When It states there are 'in game purchases available', this should mean bonus features such as extra lives, collectibles, etc; it should not be referring to the main game itself. I think this is false advertising. It does only cost 69p, which is a good price, but it is the principle of the thing that concerns me.
Once you have bought the game, what from the screen shots and description sounds like an action game with a plot and storyline is in fact just a fighting game. A good one, I'll admit, but again it is misleading.
You play Teal'c, who is defending the SGC from an invasion against the Goa'uld, and other enemies such a replicators. You start off in the gate room, having to fight Jaffa coming through the gate. You dodge and attack by swiping your finger across the screen. For the most part, this is a lot of fun; the graphics are excellent, and the difficulty level is just about right: challenging, but not impossible.
Every battle Teal'c wins, he gets 100 EXP, which you can use to increase his resistance, defensive moves, and attacks. Sometimes, however, the swipe action freezes, and you can't do anything other than watch Teal'c get crippled. You then have to close the game down and start again.
If you don't want to buy Teal'c Unleashed, then you can stick to the mini game, which is just as much fun, particularly if you are a fan of the episode Window of Opportunity
. You play as Colonel O'Neill, who is practicing his golf skills. There are two difficulties (easy and hard), and two types of golf challenges. In both cases the aim is to score as many points as you can by hitting the bullseye.
In normal mode you have five balls to whack through the Stargate, while survival mode is continuous until you miss the target. Press the arrow keys on the screen to adjust your aim, and tap the screen to select the strength. You then wait until the cursor is in the green to get the most accurate shot.
The third game is not really a game at all, but more of a tour of the SGC. Show from a first person point of view, you walk around the base and interact with objects. These are items from episodes in the show, such as the quantum mirror, film reel, staff weapon, etc. When you walk up to them, they will give you a brief trivia history.
In the briefing room there is a a computer that requires you to take a quiz so that you can enter General Hammond's office. These questions are very easy if you are a fan (and why would you be playing if you weren't?), but if you don't the answer, the trivia you have been reading about tells you all you need to know. Since Hammond's office is a place you have to unlock, you might expect there to be something interesting or special inside, but there is not. Two more pieces of trivia (that any Stargate fan already knows) is all you get.
Further down the hall there is another locked room, for which you need to pay to unlock. I have tried several times to buy this feature, but every time I do, the game crashes.
In conclusion, the golf game and Teal'c's Revenge are both fun to play, but misleading advertising and bugs are a turn off.