Trouserheart (iOS) Review
Miranda L Visser / Nov 20th, 2013 No Comments
In a mash-up of hack and slash arcade style gaming and the age old stories of adventures to reclaim what has been stolen, Trouserheart puts a twist on an age old trope with the addition of graphics endearing to all and a title character that’s amusing enough to make the fight worth it. From Dicework Games and 10tons Ltd, Trouserheart is a hack n’slash adventure game available for most iOS devices that’s perfect both for lounging in front of the TV and quickly picking up while in line at the airport or bank.
Trouserheart begins with an image familiar to many fans of the fantasy genre: a portly king upon his throne… but unfortunately in this case having dozed off and misplaced only his pants. When the King is roused (by a polite tap on the glass that separates you both) the dastardly deed is revealed: The pants have not simply been misplaced, but rather stolen off the King’s very legs.
The player must assist the red bearded King in reclaiming his trousers by journeying to various areas and fighting through hordes of enemies to discover who has stolen the King’s most precious, majestic, leather trousers and get them back. The looming truth as each area is cleared without any sign of the missing bottoms is that it may be that the King will be forever clad in only his heart adorned boxer shorts.
From wily tentacles sprouting from the earth to little pesky, thieving, block-like minions, and from armored knights wielding spike adorned shields to gelatinous blocks that such you in and drain your precious hearts, there is plenty of variety in thine enemies while the title still manages to maintain its easy accessibility. And in addition, while most enemies are linear in that a few taps at the right angle will finish them, each level’s boss has a different weakness, beckoning a different strategy for overcoming.
As each room generates different combinations of combatants with each playthrough , play can be unpredictable and thus challenging whilst trying to make it past one last room to reach the checkpoint before being drained of health. Nevertheless, health is occasionally dropped by enemies along with coins, gold bricks, and jewels that can be spent as currency on upgrades to the King’s armor, sword, shield and crown, each with corresponding abilities. Health is also dispensed from barrels that drop at checkpoints or reside in the King’s home.
While all the levels can be easily cleared in two hours, three is you upgrade every piece of the King’s equipment for the completionists out there, there are higher difficulties including a hardcore mode with the option of permanent death.
With an option between floating and fixed controls, navigating and fighting through each level is as simple as using one finger on the on-screen control stick for movement and the other on a single attack button: a true to the core hack n’ slash. That said, it’s easy to mistakenly step over the edge of a platform and difficult to edge around to flank enemies, which can be frustrating at times.
Using the Unity game engine, the framework beneath games such as Gone Home and Surgeon Simulator, Trouserheart is simply beautiful on the iPad with a mobile charm highlighted by the playful animations of the title character.
The peg-legged, red-bearded, handsome King makes for an amusing character through which to journey through the kingdom, but like most games of the genre, once played through, there’s nothing new or different to be experienced. While well worth its $2.99 price tag, many gamers will be disappointed at the repetition and lack of customization and re-playability.
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