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(SNAPP Reviews aren’t really a full fledged game review as much as they are just a way for us to give you a quick “heads-up” on whether a certain game is good or not. It usually means that we haven’t finished the game yet, but have played a good enough chunk to know whether it’s worth your time/money or not.)

I know that I normally don’t write about mainstream games that get featured on the App Store or are deemed “popular” by most, but I’ve gotta make an exception for this one. My main goal is to gain attention to games that aren’t getting the attention.

Well, Runic Rampage (by Crescent Moon) did get featured last week on the App Store, but there didn’t seem to be much “buzz” about it for some reason. Of course, there are a TON of games that release on a daily basis, so not everything is going to create great press. It’s just hard for a handful of media outlets to cover everything that comes out.

I had a chance to play an early version of the game before it released and I’ve finally made my way through the whole thing.

Runic Rampage is a brutal old-school hack & slash RPG. I say “old-school” only because it reminds me of the RPG hack & slash games from the early App Store days. You know, the days before a lot of these games became glorified slot machines with $99.99 IAPs and 20 different currencies.Once glance at the screenshots and most are going to think that this game is just like the rest, but with a price tag.

That couldn’t be further from the truth. Sure, Runic Rampage may not be as pretty looking as something like, Dungeon Hunter 5 or some of the others out there in this genre. (This may sound corny) But, what this game has that most don’t is heart. It actually “feels” like a true hack & slash game. I don’t feel like I’m only going to be able to get so far without paying a bunch of money or grinding my ass off for a couple days. The whole game plays pretty fluid throughout.

That’s not to say Runic Rampage isn’t perfect. Sure, there is some mild grinding at times and some of the levels tend to look kind of boring. I would have even liked to see some options for the controls. But, I’m willing to look over that for the sake of gameplay.

Runic Rampage is a true App Store gem in my opinion. There’s plenty of good old fashioned button mashing, several weapons to buy and upgrade, and plenty of gore. It may not be bringing anything new to the table, but why should it when what’s on the table is already great. For $3.99 and 222.4 MB of phone space, Runic Rampage is well worth it.

Runic Rampage
Price: $3.99