My family sucks too, but at least they didn’t steal my kingdom.
Most families have issues, and nowadays it means that you aren’t friends with them on Facebook, or even spew hatred over them on Twitter. Back in the medieval days issues meant feuds. That is what we get in Royal Revolt: proper family feud. It is the basis of the campaign, and as such an integral part to the story. Your dad the king died when you were away studying, and you return to a kingdom divided between your former favourite uncles and aunts: crap. So now you have to wage war to reclaim your throne, and that is against your own flesh and blood.
Royal Revolt is a castle defence game in reverse where you attack at the same time as you try to keep the enemies from attacking your own castle. This has been done a number of times before, and the game that is closest to Royal Revolt is definitely Paladog. Other games that are along the same lines are Swords & Sandals and Trenches. Where Royal Revolt veers into an own direction is the point of view that is set to a 3d perspective with winding paths to the enemy castle. This might not sound like much of a difference, but it is actually key to giving the game a sense of progression and variation.
You, the Prince, is the hero unit of Royal Revolt. The hero can use magic such as healing, and powerful attack spells. Depending on strength of the spell the area, and effect varies. The Prince is also quite a formidable fighter with health that regenerates when out of the fray. If the Prince dies, the battle is lost. Finding a proper balance between attacking with the Prince, and providing backup is key to succeeding in the harder battles. The Prince is also the only character that can remove traps, and destroy certain objects. You can’t just keep the Prince in the backrow all the time. Timing your raids properly to be able to fall back behind a line of allies is important to keep alive, and still keep pushing forwards.
Royal Revolt is a free game, and that is both a blessing and a curse. The curse is that you always expect to have to fork out some money after the next level. Unlike other “free” games published by some of the largest companies in the iOS ecosystem you get a surprising amount of game out of Royal Revolt for free. If you have limited number of friends on Facebook that don’t really care you can always get more in game money by posting your progress to your timeline. Just connecting to my Facebook account gave me enough to upgrade my foot soldiers quite a bit.
Upgrading you troops, hero and spells is quite fun. You gain money by performing well in battle, and collecting the dineros dropped by killed enemies. Depending on how quick you are in expediting the opposition, and other variables not always know you are graded in one to three stars when you complete a level. Game Center challenges, Facebook posts and IAP gives you even more. I have not seen that much need to use IAP, as mentioned earlier and this is a game that I can withstand it asking me to rate it, and purchase stuff. Being free, and providing hours of fun gameplay aren’t always the case in the App Store. You never need to spend your cash in Royal Revolt, but if you get into it enough you won’t really mind the expense.
Royal Revolt uses a quite ordinary map to show your progress, but it is really well implemented. Paired with a single cartoon of the enemy you are about to attack, and have attacked upon the end of the battle the game is consistent in it’s presentation. What it might lack is personality when it comes to our hero. Too often I actually wanted to be the evil aunt smacking the Prince into oblivion. It is not a good thing when the hero is less interesting than the foes. In the case of Royal Revolt however it means the developer has got ample of material to work with in a sequel.
The sound effects feels like the lost and found box at the station of video games somewhere in the late nineties. I can hear influences from Worms, and a heap load of other games. Especially the grunt that our hero makes when you enter a level is close to what a worm sounds when pissed at you. The music is forgettable, and I am glad that I can use my own iTunes or Spotify music instead.
Royal Revolt is a gem in the App Store giving you a full game experience for free. You will be slightly hassled for some dough, but you don’t have to spend it. The only negative is a slightly too easy difficulty, and perhaps this is why I get so much game for free. Usually freemium has a difficulty climb that enforces IAP, but Royal Revolt does not, and as such gets a warm recommendation.
Royal Revolt Free Universal for iPad/iPhone/iPod
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