Saddle up, and don’t forget your pointed stick; it’s time to get your joust on. Defend your castle and your family honor from all comers. Just try to not get killed in the process, okay?
Knight Storm is a resource management and action game which sets you up as the young knight in his castle, ready to defend the family lands. You will need to joust and quest your way to fame and fortune, and you’ll need that fortune to buy upgrades to your castle, your armor, and and your weapons, as well as to attract followers. There are multiple methods of increasing your vital stats, including “shards” you can use to buy or upgrade sigils. Different sigils have different advantages and weaknesses; a bit like rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock (they can be a bit convoluted, but you get the idea). Gold buys armor and weapon upgrades. Build new facilities within your castle grounds to make potions for you and your horse. Go on adventures to gain experience and treasure—you can even collect taxes from lands you liberate.
You are going to be one busy knight.
Most of the action is a simple tap to select and/or execute. Jousting uses tap and drag to position the tip of your lance. Do it right and you will unhorse your opponent…in slow-mo even!
The background sounds and music are low key and well done. The graphics, for a good portion of the game, go for realism and do a great job of looking good. The size and scale of objects in the game are good enough that even on my iPod touch screen it was easy to see what I was doing (there is also some zoom capacity to help on this front).
If you don’t want to play the house knaves, you can also take this online and play with your friends. You can even post pictures of your tricked out war horse and shiny new armor on your Facebook page.
Knight Storm is more involved than a lot of the games I get to check out. The level of detail management and varied types of in-game tasks and challenges make for a very engaging gaming experience. With all the stuff to do in the game, the sharing capabilities and the good looks, I’m surprised this game is a free download. I may not have been knocked off my steed, but 505 Games scores a palpable hit with this one.
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Seller: 505 Games
Requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
File Size: 503MB
Version Reviewed: 1.2.1
Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
Age Rating: 9+