Apocalyptos [rating: 4/5]
There are some games you’re proud to play and some that are guilty pleasures; like a secret chocolate bar when you’re on a diet. In some ways, Apocalyptos from I-play is just such a guilty pleasure. The theme and elements of the game may initially put you off or make you think twice about it but once you get past that initial hesitancy, you’ll find it to be a fun and engaging game.
At its core, Apocalyptos is a puzzle game that involves guiding a game element to a resting point. This is where things might get a little uncomfortable. Apocalyptos is set during Aztec times and the game element you interact with in the game are the severed heads of sacrificial victims. Now don’t get me wrong, for the most part this has some historical accuracy but it just isn’t what you expect in a puzzle game.
The object of the game is to progress your way through the 40 different levels. Each level has a different challenge, be it capturing the heads bouncing down the temple steps, shooting the heads flying through the air, or keeping the heads from falling into the pit or any of a number of other challenges. Each level is challenging and that challenge progresses evenly through each level.
The game interface is easy to understand. All levels involve using a simple touch and swipe motion to move the capturing element in that level. Heads will either fall through the air or bounce into the play and its the players job to intercept them.
From a gameplay perspective I really enjoyed Apocalyptos. It was fun and challenging and I found the theme original, if not mildly amusing. Apocalyptos includes OpenFeint functionality with a set of original achievements and global high score board. All in all it is a rather complete package at a good price.
My only misgiving however is the theme of the game. Although I found it original and mildly amusing, some people may not be as good humored as I am. I can see some people being put off by the theme of the game. I certainly wouldn’t let my kids play this game. I know that there’s a lot of mature games in the App Store but I just feel like in some circumstances, people may feel the theme is a bit excessive and gratuitous. Otherwise, Apocalyptos is a fun game with challenging levels.
For me, Apocalyptos is a guilty pleasure. You may find it is for you too.
- Challenging levels
- Easy to learn interface
- Social gaming support through OpenFeint
The Not So Good:
- The theme of the game, while amusing, seems a bit over the top for this type of game. This game is definitely not for children.
Reviewed By: Erin Peterson