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Glorkian Warrior: Trials Of Glork Review

By , on March 14, 2014
Last modified 7 months, 1 week ago


Glorkian Warrior: Trials Of Glork
Download on the AppStore
4 out of 5

PROS

  • Good jokes blend well with comic visuals
  • Range of control options
  • Solid Galaga-style shmup action

CONS

  • When lacking power ups combat can drag
  • We found the default controls a bit iffy

VERDICT

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.

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Comments

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Chesco 7 months, 1 week ago

woah, this game looks like a hidden gem! At first it looked like shit, but upon review the artwork & boss battles & equipment menu system is actually pretty fantastic!

I'll give it a try on a Free for a Day sale

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Yorker 7 months, 1 week ago

It will be free for a day?