“Air Viking is a physics based puzzle action game with simple controls, gorgeous retina graphics and tons of replay value” shouts developer Folio3 about their latest release. It’s just a pity that some of this statement is an exaggeration.
You control the Hero Viking Iron Bottom in the task of helping him rescue his beloved princess from the Evil Aunty Akaky’s clutches. I say control Iron Bottom, in fact what you actually control is the placement of bombs underneath Iron Bottom’s well, ummm , bottom.
Your simple goal on each level is to get from the starting point of your cannon to the level’s tower whilst avoiding obstacles such as clouds and bubbles which will rebound much, much quicker than you hit them, and rocks which will both slow you down when you hit them and pummel you into next week when they hit you. All of this has to be done at a high enough level so you don’t fall into the sea and get eating by a shark.
On top of all of this there is the added element which is now the core of physics based iOS games. Can you three star the level, or in Air Vikings’ case, can you collect the three coins placed around each stage?
Sounding complicated? Don’t worry, complicated is something that Air Viking certainly is not. The problem with Air Viking is that you are given far too many bombs at the start of each level thus eliminating the skill required for three coining a level to be a challenge. In fact in the space of 40 minutes I had:
- downloaded the game,
- completed all 20 levels supplied with a full three coin level at the first attempt
- deleted the game and downloaded it again to see if any additional levels were supplied
- once again completed all 20 levels with a full three coin level at the first attempt
The graphics in Air Viking are nice but it’s what we have come to expect from games released on a retina display. Air Viking could have been a nice little title, but the lack of any real challenge whatsoever in the actual game makes the “tons of replay value” claim seem downright laughable.
MLG Rating: 2/10 Platform: iOS Release Date: 14/09/2012
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided a digital copy of Air Viking by the promoter for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of one day on an iPhone. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.