Mage Gauntlet

from Rocketcat Games, originally released 20th October, 2011

"Download Mage Gauntlet. The time you spent reading this review could've been much better spent playing this incredible game." -- Toucharcade.com Review
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Game of the Month, October 2011: Mage Gauntlet

The last time we selected a Rocketcat game as Game of the Month, it was back in June 2010. At the time, we considered Super Quickhook to be Rocketcat’s best game, but in light of the release of Mage Gauntlet, we now have a new favorite.

Mage Gauntlet does away with the Hook series’ non-stop running mechanic, and replaces hook swinging with sword swinging. You play as a likable character named Lexi, who wants to study magic but is unable to due to a mysterious anti-magic ability she innately possesses. Lexi teams up with the wizard Whitebeard to overcome her affliction, while preparing for a larger threat.

Mage Gauntlet features fantastic old-school graphics, lots of Rocketcat humor, and some excellent combat mechanics. The controls are fast and responsive, and the novel “one-shot” magic abilities keep you focused on fighting, not on managing an extensive inventory. We’re extremely happy to see this developer continue to flourish, and create new games that manage to feel both classic and modern.

Our runner-up for Game of the Month is Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation by Gameloft. Modern Combat 3 is their take on the first-person Call of Duty series. When Russia, Pakistan, and North Korea decide to invade the United States, you have to lead a squad of super-soldiers and defend the homeland. MC3 really shines when you take it online, and the 12-player matches and incredibly detailed graphics are solid reasons to buy this game.

Congratulations to Rocketcat Games and Gameloft for creating two of the best games this month! Don’t forget to check out the month’s other Must Haves, including Siegecraft, Sky Gamblers: Rise of Glory, Worms Crazy Golf, Civiballs, Super Crossfire, Anthill: Tactical Trail Defense, Amazing Breaker, and FIFA Soccer 12.

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Mage Gauntlet Review

Few developers have found repeated success in a genre the way Rocketcat Games has with their ‘Hook’Ā trilogy: Hook Champ, Super QuickHook, and Hook Worlds. However, the real test for the company is proving they can do more than just grappling hooks. Now, Rocketcat has created Mage Gauntlet, an action-RPG that proves this point, and much more.

Mage Gauntlet hearkens back to the days of SNES 16-bit action RPGs with incredibly detailed pixel art and challenging levels. The game’s story is simple, and the dialogue pokes fun at RPG cliches such as fetch quests, “trash” enemies, and smashing objects. Those who have played the humorous Hook games should know exactly what to expect on this front.

He sees through our plan.

Button-mashers won’t get very far in Mage Gauntlet, as the game forces you to stay on your toes. You’ll need to utilize dashing, charge moves, and spells in order to effectively take down large groups of competent foes. Nothing is more satisfying than quickly dashing away from a fireball so that it hits another enemy.

Spells are handled in a particularly interesting way. Your character, Lexi, doesn’t have the ability to cast magic, so she uses her gauntlet to store and summon powerful spells. To trigger a spell, you simply pause the game, choose your spell, and decide where you want it to go. Lexi’s gauntlet can only hold up to four spells at a time, so it’s important to choose when to use them carefully.

Each area is comprised of four levels, the last of which is a boss battle. Normal levels tend of be lengthy, with plenty of replay value to find loot, secret areas, and a higher score. Boss battles are slightly less satisfying, as most boil down to killing lesser enemies and spamming any spells you get at the boss.

‘Scuse me, coming through!

There are two ways to customize Lexi. Each time you level up, you’re awarded a point to put into one of three stats. Then, you can use gear to give her special perks such as spell buffs or more health. Hats, a staple of every Rocketcat game, are plentiful and have no stat effect, so you can go for style without sacrificing power.

Mage Gauntlet also has a huge amount of content. After you beat the game, you can play through Master Mode. This mode features reworked versions of all 42 levels, along with new loot tables, secrets, and unforgiving enemies.

Mage Gauntlet could easily sell for a premium price, but it only costs $1.99. Don’t think twice about spending mere pocket change on what will likely be remembered as one of the App Store’s great indie classics.