Little Amazon Review
- Cute protagonist with some fun animation associated with her.
- Doling out story once you run a certain distance is an interesting addition to the genre.
- The game seems hampered until you start upgrading the character.
- Not enough time to react to things.
For a free game, Little Amazon is far too grind heavy, with the level design doing all it can to punish the player until they upgrade.
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We come back to this time and time again, but if you design your game towards encouraging people to spend money on In-App Purchases, it should at most be a gentle nudge, and you should most definitely not have your entire game feel like a hampered grind. Little Amazon sadly falls in this latter category. Lily is trying not only to flee the clutches of the evil demon Gruul, but is trying to save the entire kingdom by running faster than she's ever run before. In a neat addition, the story of her escapades is slowly revealed by reaching certain marathon milestones as you play this endless runner, but the main question on everyone's mind is of course how it plays in the first place.
Like most endless runners, this is about jumping, but Little Amazon also adds a shooting mechanic. Both are triggered by their respective buttons in the bottom corners of the screen, and running is automatic. An early purchase in the store allows Lily to climb up a small step if a jump falls a little short, but the allowance of this ability is quite, well let's say specific. The jump is a little floaty, and that's fine actually, but what's really at the core of the problem here has to do with the way the levels are procedurally designed, and the lack of reaction time afforded the player.
You can upgrade your ghost bird attack to fire more and more projectiles in one shot (you get five before you have to find a recharge sphere), but like a lot of the incoming ledges needed to be jumped to and from, shooting enemies requires almost cat-like reflexes. Most of the time, your reaction to shoot or jump will be far too late, Lily will be captured, and you'll have to start the whole thing over again. If you're lucky, you'll find Splash, your companion who basically gives you a do-over upon being hit, but this is a band-aid over quite the gusher of a design flaw.
And more than an oversight, this seems to be tied into the game's flow of constantly visiting the store. Perhaps the frustration of dying so many times is meant to get the player to spend money, but even taking the time to grind out some upgrades (quite a tedious process we might add), they didn't change this factor at all. A pity because presentation is quite nice, and some of the future upgrades look like they could be fun, but players don't like to be bullied to spend money, and if you hamstring us, all the neat little toys in the world cant mask a flawed experience.
DescriptionJoin Lily as she flees the cursed lair of the horrible demon Grûûl.
Use the exceptional agility and extraordinary abilities of an amazon to run as far as possible! Jump from hill to hill, go around the creatures of the forest and destroy them using your destructive powers.
After the King of the Fairies died, the infamous Grûûl took power and reigned in terror. See through the demon's designs and discover the plot lurking in the depths of the magic forest!
In the game, you collect coins, complete missions, and win trophies to gain new abilities. Develop extraordinary leaping abilities or strengthen your destructive powers, then hurtle back into the race!
Detailed graphics, humor, hours of gameplay and easy to understand. Every second of the game calls for precision, sharp reflexes, agility, and powerful spells. The game also contains parts of trophies to win, animals to save, rare coins to collect, and a really cute amazon.
Praised by the critics for the excellent controls. Discover the runner of the year!
Buy Little Amazon and dive into its captivating universe.
Developed with love by cTools Studio - check out the made-in-France talent of a brand new studio!
This game features:
Hours of races (a real marathon)!
Universal application that also functions on all iPads
iPhone 5-compatible display
Over 20 objects so you can personalize your amazon!
Hundreds of equipment upgrades
Playable with AppleTV in 720p resolution
Save on iCloud
Entirely in English