Edit #1: This game is pretty hard. When I play this, I get quite frustrated, but I like a good challenge.
Some of the challenges seem impossible, but it might just be because I'm a newb.
In this game, each "level" is referred to as a trial.
Each trial has 3 achievements you can unlock:
-Completing the Level
-A unique level challenge (such as beating a level without killing monster spawn points, etc.)
-And beating the level with a speed run aspect to it (Time Trials).
When you beat a trial, you earn "crystals" which are basically level ups for your gladiator.
Crystals unlock active and passive skills to make your hero stronger.
There are 4 Heroes (weapons), you can choose from, and that you can change at any point in the game:
-Volcanic Hammer (Warrior class)
-Spirit Claws (Rogue class)
-Ice Shield (Paladin class)
-Storm Bow (Hunter class)
It plays like an arcade game, but man, it is pretty hard, and my frustration is a 9/10 most of the time. lol
The cool thing with this game, is that the puzzles and monster spawns scale with the number of players in a game.
So the more players, the harder the game is!
For completionists, the good thing is that you can compare your rankings with other players from around the globe to see how well (or poorly) you've done.
All in all, a good game, and would recommend even at full price. :)
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So far so good!
I've been eyeing this game for quite some time now, and have passed up various Steam sales, either out of forgetfulness or laziness.
66% Off, 50% Off, I finally picked this game up for $2.24 (85% Off), and the initial game play is decent so far.
Initially, the game has a Gauntlet Legends/Warcraft 3: Custom Map/Use Map Settings vibe to it.
The game plays similar to StarCraft 2 Challenges, mixed with some Gauntlet Legends-Arcade style vibe to it.
I've read the reviews prior to mine where the difficulty ramps up as the game progresses, and isn't fair towards the later stages of the game... (Dungeon Defenders suffers from that, where you HAVE to play with people)
I haven't gotten that far yet, however, when I get to that point, I'll be able to update this review and give my whole-hearted opinion of the game.
There is one thing though: the story/voice acting, albeit, is minimal thus far, is very lacking/dry. (Supposedly the game was created with a team of 7, so it's just a side thought. You aren't playing the game for voice acting, you're playing it for the fun factor!)
All in all, the Trials are challenging... it gets me frustrated trying to race the clock and I get killed in the process. lol.
I promise to update this review as I progress in the game. :)