App Review: Castle Of Magic by Gameloft
Castle Of Magic by Gameloft is an amazing platform game with great graphics and exciting game play. The story starts with a young boy and girl who play so many video games that they break their gaming system. Without any video games to play, they are forced to find some other way to pass the time. So, they head down to the beach where they find a treasure chest. When the treasure chest opens, however, instead of finding gold and jewels, the two children are sucked into a swirling vortex. When the young boy wakes up, he is in a strange room alone. Suddenly, the evil magician, Nefastax appears, and he has the young girl, Jenny, locked up in a cage. To save Jenny from the evil Nefastax, you must hunt him down in this strange new magical world using the magical powers you now possess. You must learn spells such as lightning, fire, and others. To stop you along the way are monsters. You start with only three lives, but have the chance to earn more along the way.
The controls for Castle of Magic are easy to pick up. There is a D-pad in the lower left corner of the screen that controls your direction. To jump, press the boot in the lower right hand side of the screen. This button will let you perform three different motions depending on how you tap it. One tap for a single jump, two taps for a double jump making you go higher, and if you hold the button after a jump, you can open up your cloak to glide through the air. To shoot at enemies, tap the weapon button next to the jump button. There are bonuses placed all throughout the level that give you better weapons, higher jumps, and extra lives. There are also magic books that you can look at. Each of these books will teach you something about your powers or provide you with a tip.
The gems throughout the level are very important to helping you survive. The more gems you have, the more life you have. When you are hit by an enemy, you lose some of your gems. If you move quickly, sometimes you can recover some of them before they disappear off the screen. If you run out of these precious jewels, you lose one of your lives. Like many other platform games, when you lose a life, you will have to start again from the last checkpoint that you passed. If you exit the game, however, you will have to start at the beginning of the level. Be especially careful of vortexes that you see throughout the level. Enemies enter the level through these. They can catch you off guard.
These graphics are phenomenal and the game play is one of the best I’ve seen for a platform game. After Gameloft released this game, they realized the main character had no name. They are giving the players a chance to name the character. The winner gets an iPod Nano. Submit your name entry on Twitter or Facebook. Entry details can be found in the iTunes App Store and in the Castle of Magic game. I would recommend this game to anyone that loves magic, platformers, or just a great game.
Developer’s Website: http://www.gameloft.com/iphone-games/castle-of-magic/