Dungeon game with mobile limitations
Author: Kevin Vadala
Date: 31 Oct 2014, tested on Samsung GT-I9500 Galaxy S4
Great graphics, fun style, good payment model
Obslashin is a cute little dungeon crawler that has a different sense of gameplay. In the game, you move from level to level, but the levels really feel like small arenas with the enemies spawning to attack you. These enemies drop gold and some items that you can use to attack them - like a bomb, or other things like poisons that burn the enemies over time.
The combat in the game works well in terms of how it controls, but I found the combat to be repetitive and boring after a while. I just found myself tapping and tapping and tapping, so much so that my fingers started to get tired. I understand that it's hard to make a dynamic and fluid combat system on a mobile application that is both complex and fun, but this combat system felt too simple and dumbed down. It also wasn't very intuitive to have to stop fighting in order to use items. In these situations, you have to tap on items on the left side of the screen and then tap a monster to use it. This implementation of items actually broke up what was best about the combat, in that it feels relatively fast paced.
The game looks and feels pretty decent because the graphics are polished, sharp, and have a cool cartoon style. The levels also have different designs. I started off in a dungeon like level and progressed to an icy level, and then to a fiery level, which held the boss. The boss fight also proved interesting as the boss had a funny design similar to a chinchilla or something. It also had armor on the sides to protect it. While it is cool to move from environment to environment, the world you play in doesn’t feel connected like a Zelda game. There’s no story to speak of, so it’s hard to care about your character or dynamics of the character’s growth.
Oblashin is a game that works as what it is, but it might prove too repetitive and simple for many. It’s a game that takes mobile platform constraints perhaps too seriously. If you are a casual gamer, you might find it up your alley..