Swordigo-go get this game if you haven't already.
I've been playing with physical controls (that's buttons, d-pads, analog sticks, joypads, etc.) since I started gaming and since they've been essential parts of the controller in my gaming experiences. Going from something tangible like a controller to a touch screen to move a character is a drastic departure from what I'm used to. There's no denying that touch controls for precise movement isn't optimal by any stretch of the imagination, and it's quite important for a game on a mobile device or tablet to nail the controls as perfectly as they can, else the experience is subpar, even broken.
My worry with Swordigo, a 2.5D action/adventure with RPG elements was that the touch controls would make the game very difficult for me, especially since I've been so accustomed to physical buttons. However, it's my pleasure to admit that despite my opening grievances coming into playing the game, Swordigo is a prime example of touch controls doing an adequate job in allowing me to control my character.
|A hero's journey has to start somewhere, and for Swordigo's hero, it starts in this tranquil town.|
|This box will be used to give our hero extra jumping height to make it to a higher platform.|
|This forest is one of the first areas Swordigo introduces to its players.|
The areas of Swordigo take you from forests to towns, and dark, monster-infested caverns to dungeons where keys are needed to unlock doors to progress. The map shows not only your current location but how many treasure chests are left to open. Treasures can house everything from currency to helpful bags of experience points, to new weapons and armor. In towns, there is a healer that can instantly restore all hearts of health you have, as well as a shop that has new swords, armor, health potions to use when you're dangerously low on hearts and don't have a healer nearby, and magic.
|Talk about running the gauntlet!|
|The boss battles are pretty challenging. Some have a higher level of creativity in them than others.|
All in all, Swordigo was an incredible surprise to me. Not only is it an extremely entertaining 2D action-adventure that is greatly satisfying to play, but the touch controls aren't a nuisance. In fact, they generally work better than what'd you expect. If you're looking for a Zelda II-inspired hack and slash platformer with fun RPG elements, Swordigo is a mobile game you should Swordigo-go play!
[SPC Says: B]