All in a hard day's Knight.
Chillingo seems to find developers with the oddest ideas. Take Dancing Dots’ new game, Knights of the Round Cable, for instance. It involves twirling knights around small pegs to collect gems and rescue damsels in distress.
From the moment you touch the big yellow bird to start the game you’ll be scratching your head over just why knights have to rotate around on a cable, but it doesn’t matter. The game is simple enough to provide little explanation; just twirl around, let go to fly off and keep the buttons pressed down to turn clockwise and anti-clockwise.
Of course, things aren’t that simple and there are plenty of dragons, ghosts and angry looking birds (no, not those ones) who aim to get in your way. Hitting one of these will instantly lose you a life and once all three lives are gone its game over. Luckily, you can also gain more lives and power-ups by collecting sets of gems dotted around 3 of the pegs to unleash the Fiesta mode.
Fiesta mode is one of the ways that you can boost your score and Knights of the Round Cable is all about score boards. Rescuing damsels dangling from cages at the side of the screen will also give your score a bump up, as will killing the thieving birds at the end of each level.
Knights is an endless game in the same sense as Jetpack Joyride and provides a similar progress system, where objectives need to be met to level up. Once a new level is reached the game throws a ton of coins your way which can be used in the game’s shop. Unsurprisingly, there’s an In App Purchase option to unlock power-ups and new knights as well, but if you continue to beat the objectives you shouldn’t need to touch the ‘buy’ button at all.
Focusing on Score Attack, the game would be dead in the water without Game Center support. Thankfully, Dancing Dots have included this and along with the progress system it should keep score fans happy for ages competing against each other for the top score.
Presentation gains the game extra points, from the comic expressions on the knight’s face as they fall to the ground after dying to the sound effects from the princess shouting ‘help me!’ and the odd looking birds and creatures who fly around the level.
It’s not going to win any prizes for in-depth gameplay, but Knights of the Round Cable is a lot of fun and up there with some of the best endless games out there. If you’re a score attack fan then it’s well worth checking out.
- Sound: 8
- Graphics: 9
- Gameplay: 7
- Longevity: 7
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