Billy Garretsen, the president of Perfect Dork Studios has said its taken 6 years for the retro platformer game Blade of Betrayal to be the game it is today and to get to the idevice. Garretson was heavily influenced by games such as Castlevania, Mega Man and Metroid when he first went about creating Blades of Betrayal. The NES reminiscent action sidescroller began its journey in 2002, first finding itself on the Pocket PC. BoB even won Action Game of 2003 from a pocket game publication, but how does it hold up on the mighty iPhone/iPod touch?
Let’s rewind to 1996 shall we? 12 years ago, I had an archaic Packard Bell Desktop Pentium that ran at a snail’s pace of only 75 MHz, but I played lots of games on it. One of those games was Wolfenstein 3D. This game was unlike any other PC game I had played before because it had this new gaming experience of first person perspective! Since the character in Wolfenstein had a gun, this became better known as FPS or First Person Shooter. I was instantly mesmerized by this graphic wonder of FPS!
I am bracing myself for a torrent of scathing comments. So let me start off by saying that I love the Metal Gear series. I’ve played it for the NES, PSP, PS2, and PS3. I believe it to be one of the most iconic franchises. I played through all of Metal Gear Solid 4 (MGS4) and believe it to be a ground breaking game in both its cinematic value and gameplay. Unfortunately, Metal Gear Solid Touch (MGST) fails to reach that iconic status. It fails to live up to the hype of its namesake.
This being said, how does the App fare by itself? Mixed at best.
I will say this now. Stop reading this review and pick up the game now at the current $0.99 price before it increases. For goodness sakes, go!
For those who are unconvinced, I will hope to explain why I believe iDracula is currently one of the better games the App Store has to offer and why this should be on your “get quick” list.
It’s tempting to judge a game by the companionship it keeps. Payback falls victim to this by the obvious comparisons to the original GTA I and GTA II. It has the immense task of measuring up to one of the greatest and well recognized gaming franchise in current history. So, does Payback meet these great expectations? Does it deserve a place in the App Store pantheon of great games? Is it worth spending $6.99? I say yes. Payback is, without a doubt, the most comprehensive gaming experience the App Store has to offer.