Cheap Shot: Saga Catapult

What are those specks on the horizon? Incoming enemies? Crap. Rally the troops! Form a perimeter! Man the defenses! Our village is under attack! Say what? We don’t have any troops? The village only has one weapon, and it’s a catapult? Give me a break… Okay, you, reading Slide To Play. Yes, you. Grab some rocks and jump on that contraption. You’ve never fired a catapult before? No matter- either you’ll learn on the job, or we’re all dead meat!

Such is your task in Saga Catapult, the new game from Silverlode Interactive. And frankly, hurling rocks has never been so fun. Enemies enter from the left side of the screen and make their way to the right. All you have to do is tap the ground where you think the bad guy will be when your boulder arrives. Shooting is a simple, yet surprisingly satisfying, tactile experience. Each enemy to make it to the right side of the screen drops your life one point.

What a lovely day for a jetpack ride.

The game takes place in a generic fantasy setting from the Saga series, but it keeps things fresh by constantly adding new enemies with different characteristics and abilities. Some fly, some sprint and juke, and some cast spells. You’ll fight everything from orcs and rocketeers to tanks and dragons. Between enemy waves you can upgrade your catapult to increase its abilities, like its power, reload speed, and damage circumference. Sure, there’s only one background, but you’ll be too preoccupied squashing invaders to care.

Rousing fantasy music and humorous one-liners lay a pleasant audio backdrop to the game. Add to that an impressive boss battle or two and online score tracking, and you’ve got some bang for your buck. There’s even a bonus mode with an entirely different enemy set, but we’ll leave that unspoiled so you can see for yourself. So what are you waiting for, rookie? Hop on and start flinging boulders!

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