Glorkian Warrior: Trials Of Glork Review
- Good jokes blend well with comic visuals
- Range of control options
- Solid Galaga-style shmup action
- When lacking power ups combat can drag
- We found the default controls a bit iffy
It is okay to judge Glorkian Warrior: Trials Of Glork by its appearance - this is a solid shooter elevated above the competition by its comic presentation.
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There is a childlike joy to Glorkian Warrior: Trials Of Glork, the new game from Pixeljam. Its pink, three-eyed alien hero is the kind of creation you would expect to pour from the mind of a talented preschooler. This is no doubt due to the influence of James Kochalka, the award winning comic artist behind the game’s art. Everything about the game oozes comic book charm - from the challenges set by the two power-suit wearing sisters, to the backchat between the hero and his Super Backpack.
It is a good thing that the presentation is so strong, too, because it sits on top of a relatively simple gameplay stucture.
You control the hero as he walks back and forth shooting down alien invaders. Aliens come in a range of forms, and attack in patterns that will be familiar to anyone who has played Galaga - they either sit at the top of the screen shooting at you, or swoop around the sky like migrating sparrows.
The shooting is handled automatically by your Super Backpack, whose attacks are upgraded by collecting a variety of power-ups. Each power offers a new ability for a brief period of time, and obtaining a steady supply of these is vital to keeping the action moving. One of the most frustrating parts of the game is running out of powers when you're trying to best a boss, leaving you pea-shooting a massive foe with the default blaster.
To keep you coming back there are a number of new items and worlds which be unlocked by gathering crackers from fallen enemies. This delivers a good sense of reward, keeps the game entertaining as you try and beat your and your friends’ high scores.
The taxing combat may do little to surprise, but this doesn’t stop Glorkian Warrior: Trials Of Glork being an enjoyable blaster. If you're on its wavelength, you will want to read every little exchange between the characters, and unlock every item before you're through.
DescriptionJOIN THE GLORKIAN WARRIORS! Visit awesome asteroids! Blast strange invaders!
**PLEASE NOTE: This game requires iPhone 4S or newer, iPad 2 or newer, iPod Touch 5th gen or newer**
“It’s a ridiculously charming game that makes me smile every time I play it.” - Cult of Mac
“It really is quite the delight.” - 148Apps
“The vibrant cartoony visuals are beautifully conspicuous and the fantastic soundtrack compliments the game to a T.” - Toucharcade
Glorkian Warrior: The Trials of Glork is a collaboration between Eisner Award winning cartoonist James Kochalka and indie game studio Pixeljam, makers of the prehistorically epic DINO RUN!
It's a goofy mashup of Galaga-style shoot-em-up, simple platforming action, and Saturday morning cartoon.
Help Glorkian Warrior and his trusty Super Backpack fight against an endless onslaught of alien creatures, and be prepared for anything... the Magic Robot appears when you least expect it, and might shower you with exploding basketballs... or kittens!
Collect energy crackers and power up an awesome arsenal of double lasers, triple lasers and tennis balls while the invaders hypnotize you with their mesmerizing attack patterns. Perhaps you may even uncover the legendary Flarf Gun and save the world.
You will have so much fun trying and dying, again and again.... but no matter how miserable your performance, each play session will add to your progress and unlock new features to keep your fingers and fun zone fully engaged!
◊ Art & story by James Kochalka, First Cartoonist Laureate for the state of Vermont!
◊ Game design, coding, and music by Pixeljam games, the same team that brought you DINO RUN
◊ Procedurally generated invader flight patterns and formations, with many different landscapes to explore
◊ No IAP, just good old fashioned entertainment like your great grandpa used to enjoy
◊ Frenetic, "one more try" style gameplay
◊ Endearing characters and all-ages humor
◊ Based on Kochalka's new graphic novel “The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza"
Can you reach the rank of Glorkian General or will you forever stay a Soft-Boned Space Cadet?
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