9.5
Our overall verdict "Excellent"

 

 

An army of monsters led by an evil wizard have invaded your hometown. Slay as many monsters as you can, collect loot, avoid dangerous traps and defeat menacing bosses, before facing the evil wizard himself.

Goblin Sword [$2.49] for iOS is perhaps the most impressive 2D platformer currently available for iOS. By Gelato Games, the game is a true testament that 2D platformer’s can be as sophisticated on mobile as any other platform.

A retro-inspired action platformer with light rpg elements.

It seemed like the era of the classic platformer never really translated well to mobile. Many have tried and failed, however this is one clear exception that sets a new standard for the genre.
The game is a perfect example of ‘Casual Hardcore’, a concoction of meaningful RPG mechanics, blended with a casual level and progression system.

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The game is broken into different areas which can be accessed from a world map (who doesn’t love a world map right?). Each area is then broken down into 18 individually crafted levels. That gives you a total of 72 levels if you count the recent free update.

Each world area has its own graphical and music themes, as well as introducing new monsters and obstacles to keep you challenged. Sure there is an element of asset recycling/re-use between levels, but the level designs are varied enough that things stay relatively fresh.

Each world area finishes up with an epic boss battle, from a huge Minotaur to an Evil Wizard (hard as f@#ck!). The boss system is a nice touch and really brings it in line with the classic platformers of the 90’s.

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Central to the games progression system is a shop/inventory system which allows you to upgrade swords, trinkets, armors/costumes. All unlockable items a unique look and purpose that integrates thoughtfully into the level design.   For example, you can unlock special boots which allow you to triple jump and get to some hard to reach ‘secret places’. This means that sometimes you will return to older levels to

The art style is beautiful. Pixel-perfect graphics grace the screen and look crisp on the iOS’s Retna displays. Every time I boot this baby up and see the impressive title screen my happiness level goes up a notch.

The sound design is phenomenal,  a romantic and courageous sound track takes you on a little thrill ride. It creates the perfect mood for vanquishing ghouls, slaughtering giants and looting treasure.

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There is actually very little if anything this game gets wrong. If I was to knit pick, I would say that perhaps for a the difficulty curve is a little relaxed with much of the first world being a cake-walk (for seasoned platformer players). But even so, the levels are crafted so well that it’s a pleasure to just cruise around and marvel at the different environments.

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The brothers behind Gelato Games seem committed to extending the value of this game with ongoing support and updates.
A massive free update was recently added which introduced a whole new area to explore, as well as adding MFi controller support for the more dedicated mobile gamers.

Getting this game is a no-brainer. It is the epitome of value.

iTunes Link

Official Game Website