(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 we usually don’t cover “popular” or mainstream games here at SNAPPZILLA, but I’ve seen this one on consoles and was really interested to see what it was all about andhow it translated to iOS.
The game is Portal Knights (by 505 Games) and it just released this week on the App Store. Like I said, I’ve seen it advertised on console, but honestly had no clue what it was about. So, I was happy to see it pop up on iOS seeing how I tend to play more on that platform than any other. (Plus, it’s cheaper!)
Portal Knights isn’t what I really expected. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but I guess that I was expecting something different for some reason. It’s App Store description says that it’s a “cooperative 3D sandbox action RPG”. Think, a Minecraft action-RPG.
As you can see in the short gameplay video, you kind of just get thrown into the world and learn as you go. You meet up with different NPCs and go on fetch quests to get your bearings before the game expands much. It’s all about exploring in Portal Knights. You can play it how you want.
Now, I’ve only played about an hour and a half so far, so I really can’t critique it too much. The visuals are decent. They look a lot better on newer devices. There is a big difference in world size depending on what device you’re playing on. If you’re playing on anything with less than 2GB of RAM, you will get smaller worlds to play on. You can adjust all of this in the settings. Controls and UI are also done very well.
I will say that the lack of online multiplayer sucks. You can play 4 person LOCAL multiplayer, but I’ve never really been a big fan of multiplayer games, so it hasn’t bothered me one bit.
So, is it worth 5 bucks? I’d say yes, but only if you’re into crafting and building. Yea, it’s considered an RPG, but I don’t want you going in thinking this is going to be Final Fantasy or anything. The RPG is there, but there’s also a big focus on creating in my opinion. It’s honestly a nice mix! Regardless, I’ve been really digging Portal Knights so far. I never got into Minecraft and this feels like a step up to me. I can totally see myself spending hours upon hours crafting and creating my own little world. And I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of the game so far.
So, if you were a fan of Junk Jack or Terraria, I’d say you’d have no problem getting into Portal Knights.
(I’m horrible at writing)