Gloomy Hollow Review
- Short levels are ideal for mobile play.
- Atmospheric environments.
- Option to switch characters frequently adds welcome variety.
- Combat is uninspired.
- The pinch gesture needs some fine-tuning.
It's a competent RPG in the vein of Torchlight, even if it lacks some of the combat finesse of its peers.
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Welcome to purgatory. Welcome to Gloomy Hollow. What better way to spend eternity than by engaging in an action-RPG experience set in expansive worlds packed full of enemies, that's then broken down into small, manageable levels. Hell, if you find enough souls, you may even be able to buy your way back to the land of the living.
Now, we've seen plenty of ARPGs on the App Store before. And yes, we've even seen bite sized levels before, but there's something in the design and presentation of Gloomy Hollow that makes it work. There are alternate paths through each stage, with some areas barred off by doors which require keys or gems to open. Keys are obtained one of three way: completing a level, eradicating all monsters, or collecting the five souls hidden around the area. These unlockable routes usually contain chests, and often yeild useful weapon or armour upgrade.
If at any point you become tired of the character you are playing, you can switch to one of the two others when you return to town. All of them share exp but have their own talent trees and weapon and armour requirements. Best of all, they all play quite differently, striking different balances between range, strength, and agility.
You have the option to enable touch controls, or a joystick and button set-up. The touch controls are interesting, with taps used to move your character and attack enemies. and a pinch gesture enabling a secondary attack. The pinch isn't perfect as you may find yourself aiming it in the wrong direction, but for the most part the touch inputs feel natural and are more engaging than your standard on-screen controller stand-in.
But sadly, Gloomy Hollow shares the downfall of many a failed ARPG in that the combat and talent tree choices are rather banal and uninspired. Once you start to unlock more talents, combat does become more varied, but it doesn't make up for the early levels being a bit of a tedious tap-fest. It's still one of the better ARPGs on the App Store regardless, so if you're in the mood for some portable hack and slash, you could do worse than heading down to the Hollow.
DescriptionWelcome to Gloomy Hollow, a haunted home for lost souls out in the outback of the Underworld. Lead a misfit trio on an epic quest to defeat the Underworld’s beasts and fiends to turn this troubled town back into the lively limbo it once was.
Gloom and Doom
Seek out the stolen Soul Crystals and restore Gloomy Hollow to its former glory. Play as the gunslingin’ sheriff Moustache Jim, Hammer-swinging Smithy, or razor-sharp fan-wielding Rosie.
The Wildest of Westerns
Explore every nook and cranny of Gloomy Hollow’s unique and original Underworld. Take a stroll through the murky Marshlands and wield magic and guns in explosive battles in the canyons of Red Rock.
Suited and Looted
Choose between Casual and Old School difficulty and set out on an epic adventure. Hundreds of quests, keys, weapons, skills upgrades, and more provide hours and hours of gameplay.
• A massive quest to save a town in trouble
• Control and upgrade three unique playable heroes
• A distinct art style and 3D visuals bring the Underworld to life
• Hours of quests and troves of epic loot to discover
• Use tap or dual stick controls in either Casual or Old School difficulty
• Save the Hollow on iPhone and iPad devices
This game features non-compulsory In-App Purchases. If you do not wish to use this feature please disable In-App Purchases in your device settings.
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