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First started in late 2007, Kasey's Mobile Game Review (then just a regular feature of Kasey's Korner) started as a simul-post between here and IGN. Later I realized there's no reason to post it twice, when I can use the traffic on my own site. so, here we are, in 2010, and the mobile game industry has grown a bit. What do you think?

KMGR of "Great Legends: Vikings"

Odin, sculpted bronze figure by Lee Lawrie. Do...Image via Wikipedia

Great Legends: Vikings is a standard "beat-em-up", in the vein of Double Dragon or Vigilante in the arcades. It really isn't much else, and that makes it sorta, well, boring.

You play Odin, one of the Viking gods, who has moved to human form in order to escape a curse about death of gods. Even in human form, he must wield his axe and defeat various form of evil to eventually challenge his evil brother Loki, blah blah blah. Back story isn't too bad, but predictable.

In the game, you will find controls a bit... stiff. There is only one "attack" button, but when combined with movement, gives you different moves, from standard swing to headbutt to others. You will learn more moves as the game progresses, so in a sense, there is always something to learn. There are scattered barrels and such you need to break for goodies, such as "steak" (heal), potions (magic), and so on. Magic basically has you charge up a meter by collecting potions. When the meter is full, hold down the "attack" key to unleash a super attack that affects all on screen.

Enemies are okay, some are melee, others are shooters so up/down avoidance is key. Then there are the bosses, each of which requires a different tactic. You actually have three "lives", and each "live" can take multiple hits depending on severity, but you're hardly indestructible. Which is where the "steaks" come in. Grab one and you'll heal by a bit.

The graphics are okay, not too fancy, but not too shabby, average to above average for 2D work. Music... didn't bother to listen. With three difficulty levels, I guess it should last button pushers a while. However, I have ran into a bug where upon starting level 4 the phone simply resets itself. So I can't continue. However, I imagine the rest of the game can't be that different.

So, GL:Vikings is a beat-em-up game that doesn't break too much ground. While it's competent, it's just that, and no more.

Overall rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: decent 2D beat-em-up with "moves" and such, simple controls
Cons: nothing innovative here, or at least tries to be different

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