Retro action packed fun for gamers of all ages
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 28 May 2017, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Can be played without in-app purchases, quality soundtrack, quality animation, quality graphics, every level brings something new, exciting game play, really addictive, simple controls
Lags here and there
Blackmoor for Android is my new favorite game. It’s a fully developed fantasy fighter that isn’t overly greedy with the upgrades and big on fun. This one is highly addictive.
Blackmoor plays like a true retro arcade classic, with great action, engaging graphics and a good sense of humor; exactly the kind of game I love. There are several spoof references that fellow nerds like me will giddily enjoy. The game starts out in a Mos Eisley style Cantina, complete with spoof band members, Boba Fett and a few other familiar faces. Even the legendary Mr. Donkey Kong himself makes a spoof (sorta) cameo; too funny. (I hope you guys have the rights for all these references, cuz Lucas can be a real ass about that sorta thing!)
The game is a spirited quest of you against the bad guys; evil doers or some sort of nonsense like that. As the developer’s humorously point out in their own description of the game, the why and wherefore of these quests really doesn't matter; it’s all about the game play, and this one plays great.
The game features an interactive map. Just work your way through the checkpoints to enter each level and conquer everyone. Why? Because games like this would suck if it happened any other way. The game environment is essentially a side scrolling format, with movement possible in all directions depending on the level. The mission is simple: as goons approach, sometimes in droves, beat the crap outta them and try not to die. There are tons of levels and all of them take you into a completely unique environment with new bad guys and bosses to slay. The entire game follows the story and arc of this rag tag band of characters through to the game’s ultimate completion.
There are oddles of special powers, weaponry and other cool stuff. And best of all – you can actually earn those upgrades through solid, entertaining play, OR, you can be a wuss and pay for them. (In the old days, paying for upgrades would have been seen as cheating.) I suggest keeping your play pure and just tossing the developers some coin anyway for all their hard work. This is one of those rare few games that actually deserves some cha-ching, yet doesn't greedily beg for it or intentionally hamper the play to force purchases, like most other crappy games.
The controls are awesome! Nice large virtual buttons with very responsive controls. It’s possible to do combo moves and put a lot of ka-blam in your beat-downs. The graphics are charming and playful. The animation is smooth, but I did encounter the occasional hang. And the soundtrack is spot-on perfect; really draws you into the game’s world and helps sweep you away into the action.
Blackmoor is truly a gem of a game. I don’t know who these guys are or what else they've done, but I’m officially a fan of these developers. Classy, sassy and total goofball nerds, just like me. This game is a lot of fun, and is actually one that I will play, clear through till the end, and then wait anxiously for the sequel. Great job on this one!