Swordrigo is a side scrolling platforming game with action-RPG elements, that feels much like playing an old school Zelda game. Despite not being the most sophisticated game; Swordrigo is a gem that offers a surprisingly entertaining experience on iOS.
“Run, jump and fight your way through a vast world to defeat the spreading corruption. Explore a magical realm of dungeons, towns, treasures and devious monsters. Gain experience and level up your character.”
Swordrigo isn’t the most plot-heavy game out there, so don’t expect too much from the story. The overall cartoony looking graphics aren’t the most advanced, but who says they have to be? The music is sensational, and makes up for the sub-par visuals. The environments are colorful, and are filled with a variety of unique looking enemies.
The controls are simple, movement controls on the left, action buttons the right. The buttons can be rearranged, as well as most of the UI, for a more customized experience. The game has an excellent in-game tutorial that shows you the ropes as you progress. Virtual controls can often be frustrating on a touchscreen, but that’s not the case with Swordrigo.
The gameplay is where Swordrigo really shines. As you progress through side-scrolling levels, you will encounter foes which when eliminated offer up experience/restore health. Your can choose which stats you want to upgrade, as well as equip stronger weapons/spells.
There are several checkpoints throughout, which double as waypoints so that you can travel to previous areas quickly. There are several areas to explore, so don’t be afraid to be adventurous. The boss fights are challenging enough to give some players a hard time, but are satisfying to defeat.
I wish Swordrigo had better graphics, to compliment Swordrigo’s super fun gameplay. Hopefully developer Touch Foo will make a sequel
Swordrigo is a great example of an original iOS game, that borrows gameplay elements from some of the best action/adventure titles. The game is universal, and the iCloud sync saves your game so that it’s ready to play no matter what iOS device you’re using. Swordrigo is a fantastic title that proves you don’t’ always have to have to best graphics to be a great game . 9/10