On the surface, The Huntsman looks like a shameless advertising scheme for the release of the film ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ a sequel to ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ and a dark take on the popular fairy tale. We’ve seen companies such as BioWare turn these advertising stunts into legitimately entertaining slices of RPG goodness in the past however, can Desert Owl Games manage the same?
You’ll often hear us bemoan the presence of a strong narrative here at MBU when speaking on the topic of mobile or casual titles. It seems that in an effort to trim the RPG experience into a suitably streamlined format for use on tablets and phones the focus is always shifted to combat and nine times out of ten the narrative experience (what some would argue to be the ‘role playing’ aspect) is lost in favour of grinding levels. This is not the case with Celsius Heroes.
Fresh from their success on the original ‘Dragon Age: Origins’, BioWare pushed immediately into production on ‘Dragon Age II’, turning the game around on an impossibly fast schedule and releasing to mixed reviews. It was a pleasant surprise then that they also found time to repeat the success of ‘Dragon Age Journeys’ with a companion flash game released through Facebook.
Developed by EA to promote the release of ‘Dragon Age: Origins’, this Flash based browser game allowed players to learn about details of the world setting and experience some elements of the big-budget title for free in the months leading up to its release.
I’m deeply thankful to Elements for finally testing out an adventure mode because it allows me to legitimately write about one of my favourite games without having to bend the ‘RPGs only’ rule here at My Boxed Universe. Not that I intend to allow my personal experiences with this title sway me, this will be a fair and balanced review.
There aren’t many games on mobile that perfectly marry the concept of a dungeon crawl with party management and world exploration. Warhammer Quest, from Rodeo Games is a perfect example of this done right, with gamers treated to the kind of title you can drop in and out of for short room-by-room exploration sessions or settle into a meatier period of dungeon crawling.