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Orc: Vengeance Review
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Orc: Vengeance, a dungeon-crawling RPG developed by Big Cave Games and published by Chillingo, is now available from the app store. Featuring terrific graphics and scaled-down RPG elements, Orc: Vengeance provides an exciting and approachable mobile experience.

Orc: Vengeance Pros:

  • Top-notch visual presentation with great lighting/shading effects, smooth animation, and lots of detail
  • Appealing soundtrack that creates an epic tone
  • Tap and gesture controls are easy to use
  • Lots of loot drops, a variety of weapons, and a fair level of customization add to excitement
  • Multiple save slots and iCloud syncing allows you to continue progress on different devices
  • GameCenter integration for leaderboards and over 2 dozen achievements

Orc: Vengeance Cons:

  • Control confusion can get annoying
  • Tiny text is hard to read

After the Dark Lord rises up and successfully enslaves the human race, he sets his sights squarely on the race of Orcs as his next target. At least one Orc isn’t willing to let that happen while sitting idle. You take on the role of Rok, using all of your Warchief might to crush the Dark Lord’s minions, collect any and all loot you come across, and beef up your weaponry for the fight of your life to restore peace to a land under siege. All of the usual dungeon-crawling tropes are present. You’ll wander through all manner of medieval fantasy locales and be met with swarms of enemies of all shapes and sizes. Defeated foes will spill gold, which you’ll also find in treasure chests scattered along the way. In addition, various swords, axes, hammers, shields, and potions will also be ripe for the picking. The gold can be used to purchase additional potions and items, which will come in especially handy for the boss battles encountered throughout. Rok has a limited number of weapon and shield slots to equip, so you’ll need to select the best items for active use. Experience points can be used to improve Rok’s personal stats, such as attack, defense, vengeance, and greed, which make him more and more effective as you get deeper into the game.

Graphically, Orc: Vengeance is a visual treat, pulling out all of the stops to create one of the best looking games of its type yet. Shading and lighting effects, creepy atmosphere, and tremendous detail combine in harmony to create a surreal and engaging world. The battle animations are fluid and character motion is unique to the enemy type. Vengeance, health, and shield meters are at the screen bottom for quick visual reference, while the rest of the screen is kept clear of buttons or other info overlays. The isometric perspective gives you a good deal of visual range to anticipate attacking enemies and pathways to follow. The soundtrack has a great epic quality that feels tailor-made for the game. With no buttons to control anything, you’ll need to rely on taps to tell Rok where to move to, as well as who to attack. There are a handful of user-assigned gesture controls for various abilities, like double-tapping and tracing circles to dash or perform power stomps. While the controls are serviceable, there is still a good deal of input confusion that occurs, as the game can interpret your taps or gestures to mean something other than what you intended.

Replay value is very strong, as the customization options are exciting, the loot drops are addictive, and the whole presentation warrants coming back for more. GameCenter integration provides leaderboards and more than 2 dozen achievements to earn, while iCloud syncing gives you the option to pick up where you left off on multiple devices. There are even 4 save slots, so that multiple gamers can use the same device while keeping their quests separate from each other. A universal app for $2.99, Orc: Vengeance is a very solid 4-Dimple game.

Orc: Vengeance Review, reviewed by Kevin on 2012-07-31T20:44:34+00:00 rating 4.0 out of 5

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