The Quick Review
A very short and a not too awfully fun game. If it's on sale for about 80% percent off, then I might recommend it if you have some friends that would want to crank up the difficulty and have a few beers a couple of nights.
Some quick negatives:
- it is extremely short
- not much character selection
- you can't unlock the "hidden" character, you have to buy him with real money....
- extremely repetitive. Levels were made with much copy and paste
My wife is a huge Gauntlet fan. The old school Gauntlet on Nintendo 64 was once of her favorite games, so naturally we grabbed this as soon as it went on sale. As soon as I loaded the game and was looking at the few choices presented for character selection, I noticed at the bottom of the list the Necromancer character with a lock over his name. My first thought was "cool, you probably get him after beating the game or something."
That's what I had hoped anyway. Then the more seasoned side of my brain said "wait a minute, this is 2014. I bet you have to buy it." Quick Google search later and yes, you have to pay to unlock the "hidden" character. For me, this was an instant down vote with very little hope of being saved.
Then we started playing... The only character that is really worth anything is the Valkyrie. She has everything:
- A ranged move, which is throwing her shield. Small cool down
- A shield to defend with
- Sword for up close quick attacks that deal good damage
- A spear she can use to charge through hordes with. Insta-killing most
So what does the warrior get? An axe and a low IQ, which is humorous at times but gets old rather quickly. He can swing … and swing. No defense whatsoever. You do get some perks to help later, but still, it's very annoying to just be able to run in with no defense options.
The archer? A bow that does little to no damage, and a bomb. The bomb is useful, but your friends will probably kill everything before it goes off anyway.
The wizard? Believe it or not he's not bad. He can mix and match up to nine spells, which does make playing him pretty entertaining. But there is something about him that just doesn't make you want to keep using him. The spells get a little boring after a while, and a couple of them could really use some tweaking.
Keep in mind the above mention of the wizard is just my opinion. He can be a good character to use if you adjust yourself to his playstyle. The warrior and archer, however, are seriously lacking some needed adjustments.
All that being said, you'd expect to find everybody running around with either a Valkyrie or Wizard, right? Well, two people can't play the same character, so two of your friends are going to soon not be your friends.
As for the rest of the game? Short and repetitive. It's really sad how short this game is considering how many times they just copy and pasted when making the levels. Even some of the bosses are duplicates, just with different models. The first set of levels is alright, but once you've done those four, you've seen all this game has to offer. There were honestly moments when we were playing that I thought I had picked the same level again, or we had messed up and it was making us redo a floor for some reason. They were that similar.
My final opinion of this game:
Just another cheap rip off that was crapped out by another gaming company that is no longer interested in making a good game. They too have fallen into the get rich quick schemes and make more for less. Finished product? Better chop it up and sell some off as DLC.
It’s wise not to pay full price for a game in today’s market. Also, NEVER pre-order a game, pay to be a beta tester, or support DLC. Maybe once upon a time those things were alright, but the video game market is exploiting it now, taking away your hard earned money and giving you nothing in return.