Knights of the Round Cable, a physics-based arcade game developed by Dancing Dots and published by Chillingo, is now available from the app store. Featuring terrific rope mechanics, upgradeable perks, mini-objectives, and an endless high-scoring format, Knights of the Round Cable provides a fun distraction that tests both your timing and your patience.
Knights of the Round Cable Pros:
- Terrific cartoon vibe and smooth animation
- Soundtrack works well with game style
- Tap controls are easy to use
- Knights and perks can be purchased/upgraded using in-game currency
- GameCenter integration for leaderboards and achievements
Knights of the Round Cable Cons:
- Grinding required to earn enough coins to purchase some items
- Levels and fiesta time feel very short
- Mission difficulty varies wildly
Knights of the Round Cable puts you in the role of a feudal hero who spends his time swinging from ropes within a castle’s walls, collecting gems and launching himself from one wooden anchor point to the next with ease. Each castle acts as an individual level, wherein he has only a short time limit within which he can rack up as many points as possible while avoiding dangerous foes (dragon, ghosts, and witches). Contact with any opposition will cost him a heart, and when all hearts are gone, so is his life. To aid in avoiding these baddies, you have a button that allows you to change direction instantly, though gravity and momentum still factor in to your change in speed. While spinning around the varied locales, you may also discover princesses locked in cages. Smashing into them will free the fair lasses without impacting your progression greatly. You may also find the occasional extra heart or gem magnet that gives you a helpful advantage. The end of each level puts you into a fiesta state where the gems are snatched up by a flock of birds and you are given the opportunity, albeit very brief, to smash into as many as possible to retrieve them before the mama bird picks you up and drops you into the next castle.
Each playthrough rewards you with a number of coins which can be spent in the store to purchase perks, upgrade currently-held bonuses, and even buy new knights, each of whom has a special power or two that distinguishes him from the pack. You’ll also be presented with three mini-missions per playthrough which offer bonuses for completion. Particularly difficult mini-missions can be skipped by trading in some coins, though the snail’s pace at which you earn them may make you consider saving them for something really important. While a bit repetitive and sometimes frustrating (creating a length of rope that puts you juuuuuust out of reach of the gems, significant grinding, etc.), Knights of the Round Cable is undeniably charming.
Graphically, Knights of the Round Cable has a very light-hearted, cartoonish vibe, with a lot of bright colors and oddball sound effects. The rope-swinging animations are smooth and the physics are predictable. Grabbing all gems in a group rewards you with a satisfying “Perfect” indicator and large point increase, which is amplified by the point multiplier. A not-so-subtle blinking effect warns you of any gems that are about to disappear, and the gem patterns get more intricate and elongated as you get further into the game. The soundtrack is sweet and upbeat, matching the light-hearted style nicely. Controls are extremely simple to use and very responsive. Tap and hold the lower right corner to attach a rope to the nearest peg, releasing your thumb to fly off tangentially toward your next target. Tap the lower left screen corner to switch directions. It couldn’t be easier.
Replay value is very good, as the possibility of earning high scores, the ever-presence of the mini-missions, and the purchasable/upgradeable store items will give you something to shoot for in the foreseeable future. GameCenter integration also offers leaderboards to top and achievements to earn. A universal app for $0.99, Knights of the Round Cable is an excellent 4.5-Dimple challenge.
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