In the land of serfs and kings, there is only one way (apparently) to level the socio-economic playing field. How might we take back the power and forge forth toward an egalitarian society? In the land of Barbarian Revenge, the answer is quite simple; catapults, spiked balls, bombs and large rocks. With haste! Of course.
Revenge!, from Amanda Gates, is an addictive and fun one. It’s modeled as a synthesis of Crush the Castle and even more so, the beloved Angry Birds. In fact, this game directly models its entire shoot and destroy model after Angry Birds, to the point that I’ve got to harp on the lack of originality just a little bit. If you change the backdrop, and replace the boulders with birds, you’ve literally got a parallel version of Angry Birds.
The game itself contains a solid amount of variation, with the free and lite version containing 8 unique levels, and the comprehensive paid version containing 96 levels of catapulting goodness.
You’ve got boulders, spiked rocks, and bombs to choose from and have got to destroy the fortress of the king and queen to gain points, and move to the next challenge. Again, see Angry Birds for a near-exact replica. But as far as successful game models go, I suppose this is a “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mentality.
Concept and Functionality:
I usually excuse questionable graphics and even glitched out gameplay if the idea is ambitious and original. Many kinks can be worked out with version updates and some developmental tweaking, and an aggressive and even outlandish concept goes a long way in my book.
Ideas are easy and execution is hard, so I tend to overlook minor flaws in functionality, if the app itself brings something brand new to the table.
This app seems to be the opposite. It plays it safe by entirely emulating pre-existing games, but achieves fluid and relatively amusing gameplay in the process. The concept gets a ‘1’ but the functionality gets a ‘5’.
If you’re an Angry Birds fiend, or simply love collecting the latest micro-games on iOS, then this app might be right up your alley. It doesn’t revolutionize the way we game, but it’s only a buck and it gets the job done.
Revenge! requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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