Clash of Puppets, a 3D action-platformer developed by Drakkar Dev and pulished by Crescent Moon Games, is now available from the app store. While we enjoy the game’s aesthetic and homage to monster movies, the extremely linear gameplay and lack of real excitement left us wanting.
Clash of Puppets Pros:
- Whimsical 3D action platforming in varied environments
- Controls work well, even the required gestures for ranged weapons and trap setting
- Soundtrack and sound effects are decent
- Polished visuals with nice lighting and shading effects for a sense of depth and menace
- Story and Survival modes
- GameCenter integration for leaderboards and achievements to earn
Clash of Puppets Cons:
- Story mode is a little too linear
- Lacks excitement
When our main character dozes off at a drive-in, we enter his dream world as he finds himself amidst zombies, mummies, Frankenstein’s monsters, and more. They are easy enough to take down with a few swings of your baseball bat, but when they gang up on you, your health will take a hit or two. Smashing crates found around the level will often reveal hearts to replenish some of your lost health, as well as coins to add to your stash. You’ll need to contend with some minor puzzling elements, such as tracking down gears to make drawbridges work, sliding boxes to activate switches, and navigating moving platforms to avoid spear traps and hot coals. As you make your way through the story, you’ll also find traps and ranged weapons to use against the monsters. If you find the linear nature of the level design and relative ease of dispatching baddies a little less than challenging, there are three difficulty levels to try and a Survival mode that tests your ability to stay alive against the same baddies.
Graphically, the art style does have a certain appeal, with lighting and shading effects giving the environments a sense of depth and menace. There are three environment types, which helps to change things up a bit. Wiping out the last monster in a group will present the gamer with a cool slo-mo cinematic view of the final blow. As your viewpoint is from above, there is very little that is blocked or out of the gamer’s range of vision. The controls offer a virtual joystick on the left for movement and separate buttons for attacking and jumping on the right. Gestures are used for setting traps and using ranged attacks. While they work just fine, we did feel that attacking was a tad on the touchy side, occasionally causing us to face the wrong direction and take unnecessary damage from the nearby monster that we meant to strike. Replay value comes mostly from trying to set high scores in Survival mode, while GameCenter leaderboards and achievements also provide some incentive to come back for more. A universal app for $2.99, Clash of Puppets is a competent, albeit unexciting, 3.5-Dimple game.
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