Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another installment of Android Amusements, where Jeremy Hill or I talk about a recent Android app we’re playing and what we think about it so you can see if it’s something you’d want to play. It’s more of a playtest than a review, since we cover important points but never assign any scores. Which is especially apt in today’s instance since I’ve been playing the beta version of Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery EP, thanks to the Humble Bundle for Android 4. It’s pretty much the Android port of the hugely successful and well received adventure game that started out on iOS devices and is also available on Windows, Mac and Linux PCs.
Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery EP is the tale of the Scythian. She has come from her home to Ming Taw to retrieve the Megatome and collect the Golden Trigons. This means exploring various areas, finding spirits, connecting with nature and fighting both monsters and triangles to complete her journey.
That whole synopsis comes across as pretty serious, and Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery EP is a serious game, but it’s also quite funny. Despite the “save the world” quest, there is also plenty of clever commentary from the Scythian, Logfella, Girl and even a dog named Dogfella. Observations may be wry, sarcastic or just plain silly, adding a bit of replay value so you can come back and relive your favorite moments.
The Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery EP gameplay is a mix of an adventure game and a light RPG. Most of the players’ time is spent guiding the Scythian around the world, finding necessary components or exploring to advance the story. Occasionally, a battle will come up which is a rhythm-based exercise. Against both normal monsters and bosses, players must watch their enemies stance and keep track of careful timing to ensure the Scythian attacks or blocks at precise moments. Failing to keep time and pay attention is especially crucial in the boss battles, as it can be quite easy to fail to acquire the Golden Trigons if you don’t tap the screen at the right moment.
Then there are the visuals. Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery EP is an absolutely gorgeous game. It has a unique art style that is a mix between retro and hyper-stylized. Everything is incredibly detailed and beautiful, but at the same time you can pretty easily identify the pixels from which everything is created. I’d actually go so far as to call the game breathtaking.
When it comes to Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery EP, I haven’t really encountered any. The touch screen controls are quite responsive and I had no problem directing the Scythian around the environment. It looks and sounds fantastic on my 7″ tablet. It just works really well. The only think I would do is advise against playing it on an Android smartphone. It isn’t because I don’t think it would run, but because I don’t think the smaller screen would do Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery EP justice. This is really an adventure that deserves at least a 7″ tablet so you can really appreciate what you’re seeing.
As I mentioned in the introduction, I’ve been playing through the Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery EP beta acquired from the Humble Bundle for Android 4. It isn’t yet available on Google Play yet, so you’ll have to be patient for a bit longer until it is. Rest assured that it is definitely worth the wait and even if you do already own, say, the PC version of Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery EP, it’d be worth getting the Android version as well so you can play it anywhere.