Legend of Solgard Review for iOS and Android
It’s not often that a new game from King gets us excited. Not because the games are bad, but because they have fallen into a pattern recently.
They created Candy Crush Saga, and you know what you are going to get. So if that is all that you want, then you will be rarely disappointed.
Which makes Legend of Solgard such an interesting prospect. Rather than the super casual fair that we come to expect it sits closer to the mid-core center of the spectrum.
Yes, you are still matching stuff, but there is an RPG layer sitting underneath it all. The mixture of what King does best with something new makes for an interesting experience.
And while it doesn’t have the depth of some best match-stuff-up RPG’s on the App Store, there is something here.
The game is all about trying to stop the end of the world. You are a hero with a special disk that you can summon monsters to fight for.
Combine those monsters into groups of three or more and in different patterns, and they will activate.
That is all happening at the bottom of the screen, and at the top are your enemies.
You don’t just have to attack the Minions though. More often than not there is a Magic Crystal Portal at the very top, with a big health bar you need to smash.
Matching you monsters in different ways gives their attacks more power or changes the way they react. Match 3 in a vertical line and they will combine to form one creature which will then charge at the enemy when the timer runs down. Match 3 horizontally and they will become fences that defend you from enemy assault.
Then things get more complex. Matching in squares, L shapes, and crosses, all have different effects. And you can combine matched and unmatched creatures to make them even more powerful.
There are other bonuses to discover as well, like getting a boost when two creatures of the same color attack at the same time.
As you fight, you will unlock new monsters and upgrade the ones you already got. There are four different colors, and different beasts and characters in each shade as a different role to play.
Building a balanced, similarly leveled team is key in Legend of Solgard.
There is a lot to keep you occupied in Legend of Solgard.
Daily challenges give you a reason to come back, and there are special events, raids, and competitive multiplayer leagues to dive into.
That is alongside their massive campaign and the special quests that pop-up from time to time. Legend of Solgard does still suffer sometimes from the casual games that came before it.
There are levels here and there that feels like they’re stacked against you from the onset. And times when you think the game is being a little more calculated in the delivery of its monsters than it needs to be.
Possibly to push you towards the shop.
We all know the playbook now and things like this are part of the course in this sort of game. But they don’t detract too much from the entertainment and the strategy of the rest of the game thankfully.
It won’t be to everyone’s taste but Legend of Solgard is a game from King that players aren’t going to be ashamed to be caught playing.
Throw in the decent art style, some nice twists on the old Norse myths, and the fact that it is rare the game stops you dead in your tracks, and you have got a mid-core puzzler that deserves its place among the better games in the genre.
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