Caster in Review – Spirit Fingers… of DESTRUCTION

caster1To create a true 3d Action RPG for the iDevice platform, certain aspects have to be in place. Of these aspects, the most important (in no particular order) are control, level building, visuals, enemy types, story, and action elements. Caster fits into the Action RPG genre and excels in may ways. It is a solid game and a great first release by developer Elecorn.

caster6While there are many games on other platforms that are similar to Caster, it is difficult to find games similar to this on the iDevice. As described by the iTunes Caster page:

Caster is an Intense High Speed 3rd person shooter with Explosive Effects and Massive Terrain Deformation! As a rookie Caster, you are assigned to rid the Middon region of a serious infestation of bug like creatures known as the Flanx.

Features:

  • Fast Action!
  • Massive Terrain Destruction!
  • 6 Attacks of Sheer Power and Awesomeness!
  • 15 Unique Open World Landscapes!
  • Jump hundreds of feet into the air!
  • Dash at super human speeds!
  • Pulse pounding music and sound!
  • Fantastic 3rd person controls!
  • 3 difficulty levels, Casual, Normal, and EXTREME!

caster3The various elements, taken together, help make Caster a good game. When taken separately, though, there seems to be varying levels of strength and weaknesses that run throughout this 3D shooter.

Perhaps one of the weakest points of the game is its story. It feels that it serves to introduce the environment and protagonist and nothing else. It serves as mere function without much form, to the point where skipping the story line will not be detrimental to your gaming experience.

Another point of weakness is the control scheme. I realize that finely tuning the control scheme for the iDevice is difficult, and while Caster does do a good job in its own scheme, it is adequate at best. I found it difficult to overcome my natural inclination of pressing the right side of the screen instead of the middle for the jump button. Also, it was sometimes difficult to run in a straight line while strafing and firing at an object at the same time. This standard move was still difficult to execute naturally even with practice. Another issue with the control scheme is the blockage of the field of view with two thumbs on the screen. I have big thumbs (not freakishly big, but big enough) and to place both on major portions of the screen does detract from the field of vision.

caster4Caster did a good job with the audio. The quasi-techno beats and the sound effects are crisp and clear. Graphically, while there is not the fine level of detail as in other games (e.g. Ancient Frog, let’s Golf, and Sway) it is definitely better than many other games out there and does convey the action elements of the game well. I found that the camera does a good job in following the action.

In terms of the actual gameplay, I felt that there was a good steady pace of action. While it may not be as frantic as others within this genre, there was enough to overcome any sense of tedium. The real fun of Caster, though, is in it’s over the top environment destruction, the super jumps (love them), and abilities. The chance to upgrade these things pushes you forward in playing the game.

caster5While taken apart into its various elements, Caster may not seem to just be mediocre. Yet, when put together, it provides a distinct and unique gameplay experience. There are few other games like this in the iDevice games library. Despite the negative aspects of the game, Caster is a good game that will keep you going for a while.

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App Summary
Title:Caster (v1.0)Developer:Elecorn
Price:$4.99App Size:18.2 MB
  • Unique iDevice Game
  • Upgradability
  • Landscape Destruction
  • Weak Story
  • Control Scheme

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