Act of Fury: Kraine’s Revenge Review
- Bullet-hell style challenge despite first appearances.
- Demands skill and precision while offering controls that rise to the challenge.
- Vibrant visuals; constant movement and action manages to not feel cluttered or too busy.
- Repetition and replay can feel like a chore.
- Unforgiving combo system; difficult to utilize correctly.
Act of Fury forces you to practically headbutt bullets in order to stay alive, making it a game of finely tuned chaos as you dance in and out of danger without the safety net of ranged combat to keep you safe; a fun and chaotic bullet 'hell' experience.
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In most bullet hell style shoot'em-ups you'd likely find yourself needing to analyze and memorize complex patterns as enemies and bosses spew forth orbs of death like a deadly fireworks display. Act of Fury: Kraine's Revenge by Forge Reply manages to forgo the usual slew of bullets, but is no less of a 'hell' as your character is similarly lacking in ranged firepower, because he IS the firepower.
Kraine is been imbued with super-powers allowing him to generate a powerful and destructive storm around him which is subsequently used to tear apart buildings and enemies alike. This places him, more often than not, in to extremely dangerous situations (like right next to a powerful tank), but the catch is that any bullets caught directly in the storm will be instantly destroyed.
"Too easy," you say? Far from it as the developer is well aware of the holes this creates in the offensive capacity of the enemies and so you'll find yourself only able to hit one or two enemies at a time, sweating out the tenths of a second it takes between a barrage hitting you and your current targets blowing up.
Stars are earned based on the prowess of the player's piloting skills and can subsequently be spent and redistributed amongst a series of power-ups that change how Kraine behaves - adding anything from elemental effects to his storm to increasing the effectiveness of power-ups dropped in the world.
Should you find the game too easy you can turn the difficulty up to eleven by turning on 'Hell Mode' which not only beefs up the damage and health of enemies but also keeps bullets in play at all times, meaning there's no safety net in place.
Act of Fury: Kraine's Revenge is far from the usual casual fodder on the App Store and for this reason alone it may never see true success. Its broader appeal is limited thanks to its difficulty, but it's far from unfair and given practice you'll be smashing foes in a new and incredibly fun new way without too much trouble.
DescriptionMetacritic’s Average 8+ // iPhone Quality Index Average 8+ & Top 10
REVIEWS & AWARDS
BEST Gaming App 2011 - Macity Awards
Community Game of the Week - Touch Arcade
Bronze Award - Pocket Gamer France
Great reviews from all around the world:
TouchMyApps – ★★★★ - With Act Of Fury the iOS platform has another vertical scroller victory on it’s hands
Modojo – ★★★★ - Act of Fury: Kraine's Revenge was a pleasant surprise. If you seek a challenge and love the concept of annihilating things with gale force winds, it's a solid purchase
TouchGen - ★★★1/2 Act of Fury is a perfect fit for the iPhone; it's uncomplicated, good looking, and probably the easiest game to pick up and play that I've, er…picked up and played
148Apps - ★★★★ SEVERE FUN WARNING
Gamezebo - ★★★★ - Act of Fury: Kraine's Revenge proves that revenge doesn't always have to be served cold
AppSpy - ★★★★ - You'll be smashing foes in a new and incredibly fun new way
Multiplayer - ★★★★1/2 - Act of Fury: Kraine's Revenge is a pleasant alternative to the classic top-down shoot 'em ups, with great 2D graphics and a steep difficulty curve.
Everyeye - ★★★★ - Act of Fury is a big surprise, an genre of the '90s brilliantly brought to the present. A solid gameplay system and perfect growing mechanics gives the game a nice feeling
GamesVillage - ★★★★1/2 A lot of tasty features for a great game
Apptudes - ★★★★ - Ace of Fury: Kraine’s Revenge is a fun and original top-bottom scroller and a great choice for both casual and hard-core gamers looking for a pick-up and play option at a low cost
Macity - ★★★★1/2 – One of the best shoot’em up available on the AppStore
Iphone Italy ★★★★1/2 – Pure fun, original gameplay
The App Shack - ★★★★ - It is a very interesting addition to the shmup genre
Check out the others as well and vote for Act of Fury for the 2011 Indie of the Year Awards on Indie DB!
Why go for an everyday shoot’em up, when you can have something new?
Act of Fury: Kraine’s Revenge is the firstborn of a new breed of shooters, where you don’t have to shoot because YOU are the weapon.
Kraine Severe has undergone mad experiments by the infamous Dr. Osvald Pernicious, leader of the Doom Legion. After a daring escape from the laboratory, he realizes he can transform himself in a mighty hurricane. His next step is easily taken: pursue revenge, destroy everything that tries to stop him.
Control Kraine during his journey through different environments, fighting the Doom Legion and challenging the prototype weapon built by Dr. Pernicious to rule the world.
Developed by the team that created Master of Alchemy, Act of Fury: Kraine’s Revenge will put your skills to the test.
● A brand new shoot’em up mechanic: you are the weapon -destroy everything and pursue your personal vengeance.
● Nine levels of wild action in four different environments, from the hottest desert, to the icy pole.
● Three huge bosses to fight, based on the evolution of the Doom Legion’s prototype weapon.
● Two difficulty levels -normal for everyone and Hell mode for skilled shoot’em up fans.
● Game Center and OpenFeint support for achievements and leaderboards.
● Earn stars and spend them to unlock special powers, such as:
◆ Fire - maximize damage with the strength of the flames
◆ Water - reduce the damage inflicted by ground based enemies
◆ Thunderstorm - attack with bolt lightenings
◆ Fury Mastering - slow down the decrease of the fury
◆ And many other deadly power-ups!