Sword of Fargoal Review
- Good looking in-game visuals and hand drawn cut scenes.
- Easy to use controls scheme.
- Players can create and access multiple characters.
- Limited character customisation options.
- The movement controls can get a bit too sensitive at times.
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.
Description★★★ AWARD-WINNING DUNGEON-CRAWLER RPG — ALSO CHECK OUT FARGOAL.COM FOR BREAKING NEWS ABOUT UPCOMING FARGOAL 2!! ★★★ — Welcome to Sword of Fargoal®, the classic dungeon adventure with completely random map generation so it is different every time! Embark on your quest to rescue the Sword of Fargoal, hidden deep within the dungeon on the 20th level, and make it out alive before the walls begin to collapse around you!
★ WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
5-Stars — Selected as one of the "Best iPhone Games" by TouchArcade's "2009 Buyer's Guide"
"Just spent some quality time with it, i'm hopelessly in love"
"This game is really worth its price and even more. There are games you pay 5 to 10 bucks for and they aren't nearly as addicting as Sword of Fargoal is. I hadn't more fun with the last RPGs I played."
— Fans from TouchArcade forum
“Sword of Fargoal is one of the best loved roguelike games ever to light up a CRT … Those who've never played a dungeon crawler before might just find themselves drawn in to Sword of Fargoal.”
“Fargoal has been beautifully polished in the visuals department without getting too far from the original game's quirky charm and retro stylings ... It's playable and addictive, perfect fodder for the iPhone / iPod Touch, and certainly one of the best mini-adventures you can get.”
★ GAMEPLAY VIDEO & TRAILER:
★ KEY FEATURES:
✔ Completely randomly generated — different every time!
✔ Over 20 Dungeon levels & 100 unique dungeon maps per game
✔ Over 28 monster types with special abilities, weapons, & spells
✔ Hidden traps & treasures, gold, spells & potions
✔ Subtle 3D dungeon with cool “retro” top-down map
✔ Full zoom, tap, & swipe intuitive on-screen movement
✔ All original music by British composer, Daniel Pemberton
✔ Animations by Emmy-winning animator, Charlie Canfield
★ TouchArcade.com Says:
In its 1996 anniversary issue, Computer Gaming World listed the game as #147 in the "Top 150 Best Video Games of All Time." It has been inspiration for many dungeon crawlers created since...
It features completely redone graphics utilizing OpenGL ES to add depth to the stony visuals. It allows for pinch-and-spread zoom control to focus on the action at hand and features an optional on-screen mini map to aid in negotiating the twists and turns of each dungeon level.
But, really, what makes the game so well suited for the iPhone is its casual nature as compared to the typical roguelike. And that's not to say the game is shallow or light on dungeon crawling action, but rather I feel it's simply a bit more accessible to the typical gamer than, say, Nethack, Moria, or Rogue thanks to an economy of controls, spells, and the like.
★ SUPPORT, INFO & FEEDBACK:
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★ LEGAL NOTICES:
Sword of Fargoal® is a Registered Trademark of Jeff McCord. Original Sword of Fargoal design, Copyright © 1982, Jeff McCord. Sword of Fargoal for iPhone, Copyright © 2009-2012, Fargoal, LLC.
What's New in Version 1.7We're still busy at work (and having fun) — Version 1.7 just keeps getting better!
- iPhone 4 Retina Display support
- High-res game graphics for newer hardware (iPod gen3, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and newer)
- Fixed a problem with background music
- Fixed a problem with video flicker
- Fixed an upside-down keyboard
- Added some sound effects
★ PLEASE UPDATE YOUR APP STORE REVIEWS SO OTHERS WILL DISCOVER US!! ★
We recently added (1.5 & earlier)...
★ OS4 ready; multitasking enabled ★ New Artifacts (think new wands, spell behaviors) ★ New Monsters (think Lizard Men, Wasps) ★ Graphical Updates (cool sprite and particle effect changes) ★ Map Updates (several new cave types) ★ Bug Fixes (streamlining code & memory use) ★ New UI Sound Effects ★ New Dungeon Levels ★ New Potions & Magic ★ New Traps & Treasures ★ Three New Difficulty Levels ★ Much More!
THANKS FOR TELLING PEOPLE YOU LOVE THE GAME…
We continue to work hard on new content and refinements all the time. Your reviews and feedback will help us continue to evolve Sword of Fargoal into something truly awesome. We'd love your feedback and suggestions!
We are currently working on the MAJOR update which will become Version 2.0. This version will have new dungeon architecture, tons of new graphics, monster behaviors, spells, traps, and treasures. Plus many more surprises we will tell you about as they develop.
To find out more, follow us on Twitter (@fargoal) and join as a Facebook fan (facebook.com/fargoal). Also check out our forums at our new website (www.fargoal.com) to learn more about the game and tell us what you think!!
Just bought an iPad? Check out the new iPad version: "Sword of Fargoal Legends"