Gold Keeper [rating: 2.5/5]
If you’ve watched the video of Gold Keeper for iPhone on YouTube you’ve probably been impressed with the 3D slash and hack graphics of this new iPhone/iPod Touch title. And so you should be, the top-down 3D graphics are beautifully produced, the large demon that you control wanders around the cave hacking and and slashing gloriously. Blood and gore rips out of your prey as your fists beat down on them or, as the game progresses, your hammer smashes down on them and then your iPhone/iPod Touch screen smashes with the impact of their little bones cracking against it.
Gold Keeper is a small but dynamic and funny game. Here you can find cynical humor as well as non-stop gameplay and perfect 3D-graphics. This game is a perfect time-killer for the small sessions!
However, this game is so limited you better like it’s style a lot because that’s all there is too it.
The game see’s you as the demon of the cave and your task is to protect the cave’s treasure which consists of a large pile of gold located in the center of the cave. As the game progresses greedy local villages wander into the cave and it’s your job to do whatever it takes to prevent them from walking away with your gold. Move your demon around the cave via a virtual D-pad in the bottom left corner of the screen and it executes well, your character moves fluidly and it’s easy to change direction even in the middle of a battle.
Battling the onslaught of marauding villages is completed via the action button in the bottom right of the screen and whether you are using your fists, hammer or the hatchet it’s simply a case of tapping the action button to bring down your wrath on all that stand before you. You’re fight isn’t just against defenseless villagers though as in addition to stopping the villagers from stealing your gold you will also have to defend yourself from a growing number of armed attackers and your health and energy can quickly be depleted if you fail to do so.
While the game-play is simple and works well, let the villagers escape with your gold or lose all your energy and it’s game over, it’s just too one dimensional. There’s only a single cave to defend with no scope of opening later levels and while highscores can be both local and uploaded to on online scoreboard the limited scope of the game means that there is simply no replay value.
The game has a lot of potential but until it’s realized in a future release this is one demon that I’ll be keeping locked away.
- Nice 3D graphics
- Simple intuitive controls
The Not So Good
- Limited scope
- No replay value
- No true unlockables
Reviewed By: Craig Willis
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Gold Keeper For iPhone: Gameplay Video