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Review Ashoka:The Game
Great story, but lacks engaging gameplay
Author: Ollie Green
Date: 14 Apr 2017, tested on Samsung GT-I9500 Galaxy S4
Neat graphics, interesting plot, simple controls
Boring game play
Ashoka for Android follows the story of Ashoka the great. The game has a variety of cut scenes and in-game dialogue that takes the story into great detail. Unfortunately the actual gameplay is a little limited, and you may find yourself getting bored quickly.
In this game, you will need to fight off enemies as they attempt to bring the main character down. You will be equipped with a bow and a sword, both of which will be needed to fight. In each level, you will have a bow section and a sword fighting section. To begin with, waves of enemies will enter the screen, and you will need to tap on each enemy to fire at them. If you manage to survive through the first waves, you will then be taken to the sword fighting.
When fighting with swords, you simply need to tap the prompted areas on the screen as quickly as possible. Press too slowly and the enemy will do damage to you, but press each prompt in time, and you'll take down an enemy with your sword. Unfortunately, the gameplay does not get any more exciting than this. You'll constantly be playing through levels with the same bow and sword fighting scenes, Whilst gameplay does get slightly harder over time, the repetitive nature of the combat will leave you getting tired quicker than the enemies who are constantly firing bows and swinging swords at you.
The story in this game, like mentioned before, is quite interesting, but unless you're really interested in the story that unfolds in this game, you are likely to get bored before you even manage to finish it.
Ashoka is free, but there are in-app purchases that can be used to purchase extra ammunition. You can buy everything with cash earned in-game too, but real money purchases are an option as well.
With arrow and steel it falls to you to defend your homeland
Author: Vlad Popa
Date: 22 Apr 2017, tested on ASUS Nexus 7
Entertaining for casual players
Poor graphics and animations, poor enemy ai, overly simplified and predictable gameplay, unexplored story
Ashoka: The Game places the user directly into the heat of a battle worthy of Hollywood action movies between the protagonist Ashoka and an army of invading Greeks. Just like the classic action movies, our protagonist has little trouble dispatching hundreds of enemies with absolute ease.
The game has only one available environment, the ruined part of an ancient city that is continuously flooded by Greek soldiers that use the exact same model. The extreme use of sandy colors is only broken by the soldiers and our protagonist, which are in turn poorly animated.
It falls to the player to take cover behind a small wall and rise to the challenge by tapping on the screen to shoot arrows at invading enemies which follow a specific pattern while seeking cover. Once an enemy has reached a hiding spot he will wait a short amount of time before opening fire upon the player. Once all waves of ranged enemies are cleared the player is presented with several timed challenges that must be overcome by tapping select patters on the screen in order to dispatch enemies in melee range. For each enemy slain the player is awarded currency, which can be used to purchase a few interesting, yet somewhat useless special attacks. These include volleys of arrows which often fail to kill enemies, cannon attacks that with the same behavior only in a reduced range and even an elephant stampede, which unlike the others will actually trample all enemies for a short time.
Overall Ashoka: The Game for Android is little more than a third person point to shoot game with a few timed events mixed in for a bit of diversity. The game offers little challenge and due to the absolute lack of story and poor animations fails to be anything more than a simple cover shooter.