There’s a lot of free games available on the iPhone, but they’re all rubbish in every respect. Blood & Glory is an exception to the rule.
Gladiator Meets Punch-Out!!
Ignoring the fact that this game is designed to steal your money through in-app purchases, everything else defies expectations. This is the best-looking iOS game that I have played (yet). Because the game takes place in such a small arena, the developers were able to throw a great deal of detail into the characters and equipment. This game looks like it belongs on a console.
The goal of this game is to win increasingly difficult tournaments. To gain the upper hand, you can buy new armor, helmets, weapons, shields and potions using the game’s virtual currency. You can earn money by winning matches and tournaments and by leveling up. You can also gain more fake money by paying real money for it. If I ever find out you’ve done that, I will shoot you right in front of your family, because you are what’s spoiling this for the rest of us.
Blood & Gore-y is remarkably robust, with the ability to block attacks, evade them or even parry them. Doing so creates openings in the enemy’s defense, allowing you to strike. Land a strong combo to see their health get shaved off really quickly. Reusing the Up, Up, Down, Down, Up combo is the key to ultimate victory. Successful combos will increase your special bar, allowing you to perform one of three different special moves.
The Blood & Glory Channel. All QTE, all the time.
Too much information, right? All you wanted to know was whether you get to kill things. Yes! Yes you do. You get to kill human beings in a bloody fashion.
Upgrading your gladiator and fighting efficiently are key to clearing each tournament without dying, getting “Invictus” status for each of the tournaments. I don’t know what this does, but it looks pretty to have the gold medals lined up on the tournament selection screen.
As you might expect with it being free, Blood & Glory is supported by ads. Occasionally, this cripples the game and causes horrid slowdown. There are few things I hate more in a game than making a mistake because the game cannot keep up with itself.
I do not recommend Blood & Glory. To be honest the game is unfair. You earn money slowly but the game becomes difficult very quickly. This is designed to panic you into paying for stuff. You could always just uninstall the game and forget you ever played it.
If you feel like wasting your savings, buy a Nintendo 3DS instead. Wash yourself of this filth; you’re too good for it.
Short review? Whatever.
I’m so split on the “freemium” game idea. On the one hand, it’s definitely awful to charge for things like leveling up, better weapons, etc. On the other hand, though…I mean, the game’s free, and I do think the developers deserve SOMETHING for their work…
(Though, I guess then the answer is to just charge up-front like a normal game, rather then hide the costs like this.)
What annoys me the most is that when you lose, the game doesn’t say “try again, you can do it” or anything — it says “buy better equipment”. How bullshit? Totally bullshit.
This game is trying to con you out of your hard earned money. One sword in particular is 25000 gold coins, that is £350 in real money!!!! For an imaginary sword in a game!!!! WTF????
Kind of reminds me of this segment from The Daily Show: http://thenextweb.com/apple/2011/12/09/the-daily-show-takes-on-ipad-and-iphone-games-that-push-in-app-purchases-on-kids/
I have to agree. I like this game but would have rather paid $5-$8 to use all accessories, than be nickel-&-dimmed buying better weapons and armor and still lose against the software. It seems that even if you have good weapons and armor you can’t do nearly the same damage as the software warriors.
For a game that looks this good, it’s sucky that the devs only want you to continue paying for it after you’ve downloaded it.
I don’t know what you guys are complaining about.. If you don’t wanna buy paid weapons, then don’t.. Collect the coins while winning battles and then buy with the earned coins.. I am currently on last battle of tournament 12 and it took me less than a week to reach here, without use of “Parry” attack, as I was unaware about it till now.