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Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Review

by on October 2, 2014
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Synopsis

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is an award winning retro pixel adventure game.

# of Players

1

Positives

The animation.
The sounds.
The music.
The vibe.

Negatives

Possible some areas too challenging for some.
Would have liked to see it a bit longer of a game.

Editor Rating
 
Gameplay
A

 
Graphics
A

 
Sound Effects and Music
A

 
Story
A-

Writer's Score
A


Bottom Line
 

This is an award-winner that you should check out. What flaws it has are dwarfed by it's original personality.

 

I got recommended this game for the iPhone. I checked it out and saw that it was an award-winning game, but that’s not what got me. Being the older gamer that I am, I love the retro gaming trend out there, thanks largely in part to mobile gaming. So, when I saw the pixel graphics mixed with the HD abilities of the iPhone, I was definitely interested. This game got great review after great review.

First of all, have a look at the mood they create even here in this scene:

The Lake: Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

Just reminds me of good old C64 art…

The short version is that you are a hero who goes out on a quest to save the land. It’s way cooler than that sounds, but I don’t want to ruin the story for you guys. It’s an adventure game, and almost all adventure games could be summed up like that.

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery reminds me of old PC adventure games of the generation of Beneath a Steel Sky, or Police Quest, Monkey Island, King’s Quest, Space Quest- if you remember those, you know what I am talking about.

This game is really challenging actually, and there is a few parts I seemed to breeze through and then a few parts that I got really stumped and had to Google how to get through it…I know–shameful. But this isn’t the mindless let’s-just-kill-time brainless game. You actually have to remember what you are doing, pay attention and put 2+2 together.

The music and sound are just fantastic (Jim Guthrie). Although the pixel graphics are a throwback, the sound and music is quite modern and really contribute to the overall feeling of the game. All in all the old-style graphics and the new sound and music combine to make a great environment and world that over a million have enjoyed so far.

The Coast Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

The other thing that really stands out out to me is the animation of the pixelated characters. The hero, the dog, the bad guys- for a pixel game, they really were able to pack it with a ton of personality.

Sometimes I feel like a game was rushed to market, or just hype, or just not finished. Not in this case. These guys really did put together a great, spit and polished game with a challenging and interesting storyline. It’s done for sure.

It’s been out for a while now, so if you haven’t played this one yet- go hop on your phone and download it. It’s one you should check out that made it’s mark in the mobile gaming biz.

Looking forward to #2.

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