Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is an adventure game for the iOS that runs on the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. The game harkens back to the classic point and click adventures of the past and is the brain child of graphic artist Craig D. Adams and musician Jim Guthrie. Their goal was to create an interactive art piece that combines audio and visuals.
You as the player control the Scythian; a wandering warrior monk on a quest called the “woeful errand”. You are cased with the role of a god of sorts who leads her on her quest.
The gameplay is simple and intuitive. It takes advantage of all the features the iOS devices have to offer, even the internal clock. A simple tap on the screen guides the Scythian to where you want her to go. Turning the screen 90 degrees makes her take out her sword and also activates acquired items like the “megatome”; a magic book that gives you helpful hints from the characters found in the game. During a battle, turn the screen 90 degrees and tap either the sword and shield icons depending on what move you want to preform. Tapping the sword rapidly eventually causes Scythian to grow tired so you have to choose your strikes carefully. Holding the shield up replenishes Scythian’s health and blocks attacks. The one down fall to this style of control is that the touch controls and accelerometer don’t react as fast as one would hope and can cause some frustration, especially during boss battles.
The graphics of Sword & Sworcery are lush and the environments ask to be explored. There are two realms to explore; the real world and the world of dreams. Both worlds are linked and separate. Some things you find in the world of dreams look similar to those found in the real world but they are in some ways twisted. Reflections in water don’t match what they are reflecting, areas that shouldn’t connect do and even walking on water is possible.
Sword & Sworcery has a fair amount of puzzles that require you to look and listen. There isn’t a lot of hand holding. Solving some of the musical and visual puzzles can seem a little difficult but if you stay with them and keep trying things you will eventually solve them.
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is not a game for everyone especially if you are looking for a game with instant satisfaction like an “Angry Birds” or “Fruit Ninja”. Sword & Sworcery’s visual and audio experience should be taken slowly. It doesn’t give that instant fix but it is much more when you stick with it.
- Graphics and art style
- Controls that suit the iOS
- Laggy control
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP was developed by Superbrothers/Capybara games. It was released on iOS, iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad and is available now for $2.99 on iPod Touch and iPhone and $4.99 on the iPad. The iPod Touch version was played for this review and downloaded from the the App Store.