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Sword of Fargoal Review

By , on January 7, 2010


Sword of Fargoal
Download on the AppStore
4 out of 5

PROS

  • Good looking in-game visuals and hand drawn cut scenes.
  • Easy to use controls scheme.
  • Players can create and access multiple characters.

CONS

  • Limited character customisation options.
  • The movement controls can get a bit too sensitive at times.

VERDICT

While it does have its minor sensitivity issues, Sword of Fargoal is a great play for fans of arcade dungeon titles and other old school platformers.


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The call to adventure cries out for a hero. Are you brave enough to dwell deep into a 20 level dungeon and find the enchanted Sword of Fargoal? Let’s hope so. Players will embark on a Gauntlet style journey and must defend against monsters, avoid traps and collect as much gold as possible all while seeking the magic blade.

Players navigate the dungeon by swiping their finger in the direction they wish to move and use spells and perform other actions using the appropriate on screen prompts. Once players have explored the dungeon, they will come across various monsters which they can attack by swiping towards. While these controls are simple enough, long periods of movement can be a bit finicky at times.

The game’s old school visuals are very reminiscent of Gauntlet but some of the small chalk drawn cut scenes and the 2.5D rendered environments look great. The midi style soundtrack also takes players back to the old arcade days; but there is currently no iPod access available. The game offers players one main game mode, but multiple characters can be stored and accessed at any time.

For fans of Gauntlet and other dungeon arcade games, then Sword of Fargoal is a thoroughly enjoyable play. While it may not have the multiplayer access or character options that made those retro games a blast to play, it’s still one that nostalgic players will love.

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