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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