- Action-RPG gameplay parody.
- Lots of gameplay modes and magic to explore.
- Impressive, basic art style with expressive cubes.
- Online scoreboards.
- Some game modes are brutally challenging, you have been warned.
- Writing this review means I'm not playing Fastar.
Fastar! may be a parody of RPG and action titles, but its strong, simple gameplay beats the pants off just about everything out there while still making your crack a smile.
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If you're a fan of RPGs and especially action RPGs then there's no more to say about Fastar! than to go and check it out now. For everyone else that still needs convincing, Fastar! by Cat in a Box Games is a side-scrolling genre parody of RPG and action titles and from the very moment you start playing you're in for a treat.
Like so many RPGs you're placed in control of an anonymous slayer-of-things with a suitably oversized weapon in tow on a quest to go as far right as possible. There are four control options, varying from swipe based to tilt and even traditional d-pad setups, but the true mind-blowing setup is its one-handed option. Ordinarily gameplay involves running along towards your next enemy, dispensing magic and sword beatings while collecting cash for upgrades, which is just built for landscape orientation, but in one handed mode you play in portrait and maneuver via a treadmill swipe pad and tap to attack.
The parodies don't stop at the presentation either, with each enemy being represented as a colored square. This would be boring if it wasn't for each one having a distinctly unique personality (how does a cube manage to show fear?) that players will need to learn to quickly and efficiently dispatch them. Players can briefly pass through towns to replenish their healthy while new areas quite literally cut between each other as you progress.
Fastar! is unadulterated fun and this will easily become a regular mainstay of anyone's gaming collection; definitely a must try.
DescriptionAction and Role-Playing in their purest, gleefulest form!
Fastar! is the timeless tale of a boy with a big sword and a bowtie journeying across vast lands while being ambushed by malicious geometry. Wait, what, seriously? I'm not typing that, it doesn't make any sense. Oh, look what you made me do. I'll just start over.
Fastar! is an Action RPG for when you just don't have time for an Action RPG. Dead simple to pick up and play, you'll be slashing and shopping your way across the grassy plains of [irrelevant flavorful name of fantasy world here] in seconds. You'll cross the world in mere minutes. But mastery of your true objective -- reaching that goal as fast as humanly possible -- could take a lifetime*.
Fun for everyone from the casual player who loves to mash buttons, to the hardcore gamer-optimizer who loves to mash numbers, Fastar! will provide you with hours of minutes of seconds of simple arcadey joy.
- Reasonably adorable hand-drawn graphics!
- 24 different game modes for a variety of play experiences, some of which don't actually count!
- Global arcade-style high scores lists, where you can become internationally renowned if your full name is three letters or less!
- Flashy magic spells for any kind of player, from Daring to Thrifty to Congealed!
- A variety of control schemes to suit your particular playing posture! (Astronaut gymnasts excepted)
- Sometimes in the background you can see a guy on a unicycle! Look for him, he's nice.
* Lifetime reference mammal unspecified
"A ridiculous amount of fun!"
"It's all about speed and it's ridiculously enjoyable."
"It’s all about distilling the unique fun of RPGs... into mere seconds of play."
"Expected to operate uncomfortable"
--WeiPhone.com User Comment (translation c/o Google)
"This is a game everyone can, and should enjoy!"
"[A] great cartoon RPG for the iPhone!"
"What this game has, above all, is that very particular, intangible magic which makes the very few select games rise above the rest."
--Gabrien, TouchArcade forums
"Fastar is a game that tried to do something different, and managed to get it absolutely right."
"Pick it up for some great action!"