Viking Tales: Mystery Of Black Rock Review
- Varied missions to test your nautical skills.
- Clean cartoonish visuals.
- Challenging combat and opponents.
- No control sensitivity options/alternative controls; steering can feel stiff and cumbersome.
- Short campaign; minor replay incentives via collectables on each level.
Despite some moments of frustration, Viking Tales: Mystery Of Black Rock is a fun, short action title that follows the trials and tribulations of a rather vicious sea-faring tribe.
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While purists may feel the need to ruin the fun of those who enjoy the idea of horn-helmeted Vikings, others like Ailove are happy to embrace the concept by releasing a fun game based around these vicious sailors.
Viking Tales: Mystery Of Black Rock puts you at the helm of your very own longship, swiping the screen to move forward and swiping on either side of the boat to change directions. Double-fingered swipes will consume an available stamina bar, but you'll get a healthy speed boost, making it easy to slip away from dangerous foes. Occasionally you'll need to engage in combat by tapping enemies to fire your cannons, however this can be a bit tricky to manage while also attempting to dodge incoming projectiles.
Over the course of the game's story missions you'll perform basic tasks including defusing mines, rescuing drowning victims, looting enemy ships and yes, even pillaging a few villages. Additional collectables are also scattered around the levels, providing an additional challenge for completionists (or for those after a bit of replay value). At the end of each level you'll be awarded gold that can be spent on upgrading your ship, making later levels a little easier - though some levels can prove tricky until you realize you don't have to kill everyone in sight.
It should be pointed out that the developer is promising Retina graphics in a future update, however this seems hardly necessary considering how clean the visuals already are. Collision detection can be a bit difficult to manage at times, though you quickly learn what gaps can and can't be traveled through.
Viking Tales: Mystery Of Black Rock is a relatively short title, but it's certainly enjoyable to play and worth grabbing if you're after something a little more nautical in its persuasion.
DescriptionO-DIN! Strap on your horned helmet and sail to glory! Sink enemy ships, plunder coastal villages and grab loot as you solve the Mystery of the Black Rock. Viking Tales features hours of gameplay, with a medal system that rewards you for replaying a mission until you get it just right. The characters and storyline will have you coming back again and again.
✔ 25 story line levels amongst the fjords and islands.
✔ Practice your rowing, loot-gathering, and combat skills under the watchful eye of master warrior Gunni Gunnison.
✔ Save drowning Vikings, fish for herrings, row like the wind, punish poachers, and more.
✔ And yes - loot, plunder and sink! Remember you're a Viking!
✔ Win awards for your Viking skills!
✔ Simple controls - just swipe to row. You can row faster than the wind!
✔ Vivid cartoon graphics and animation.
✔ In-game store with power-ups for your longship. Choose wisely!
✔ Win medals to get more gold - and what Viking doesn't want more gold?
✔ Win enough gold to trick out your dragon-ship in style!
✔ Choose longship upgrades to suit any style of play.