iPhone Game Review: Helsing's Fire
Reviewed by SpaZtrigger
When ordinary townsfolk start to disappear Dr. Helsing and Raffton head to the Shadow Blight to eradicate the monster who caused the townsfolk to mysteriously vanish and who happens to be the infamous Dracula. Helsing's Fire is a new kind of puzzle game that?s designed to work on the iPhone and iPod touch. The actions can get frantic and puzzles are intriguing.
Helsing's Fire isn't your ordinary puzzle game. The gameplay is much more exciting: you use torches and tonics to destroy Dracula's minions on your way to destroy the blood sucking monster himself. In Helsing's Fire you have a torch to illuminate your surroundings. Depending on the monster's color you use the same colored tonic to eradicate them. It would have been easy, but there are obstacles in your way that can block your light, and in darkness, there are usually monsters lurking behind. The gameplay becomes challenging and very intriguing here since you have a very limited supply of tonic, so you have to use them wisely while navigating through the light and darkness. If you happen to run out of tonics and still have monsters left in the screen then you must exit the level and start all over again.
Killing Dracula's horde isn't everything. You can also get achievements depending on how many monsters you slay. And there are ton of monsters! Helsing?s Fire has a sprawling 90 levels in 3 worlds. If you pride yourself as a monster killer, you?ve come to the right place to hone your skills. Different monsters also possess special abilities. There are 13 types of monsters including werewolves, ghosts, vampire bats, mummies and more, each of them harbor a deadly weapon. Some can shoot arrows and others can attack you're torch, making the game more challenging and a lot more fun!
After you beat 30 levels you'll unlock survival mode. In survival mode you must destroy all monsters before time runs out and if it does run out then you lose. It?s game over if you run out torches or tonics also. So you really need to plan where you are going and use your tonics efficiently and accurately.
Graphics in Helsing's Fire is a bit different than most games, unique and very colorful. The game has great monster design, unique level design, and you?ve got to love that epic torch! Many moments in the game you are in a pitch dark environment, then when you light the torch, the room becomes sharp and graphics become eye-catching. Menu screens and non-in-game screens look polished. Levels look very different in different worlds; you will never feel bored visually.
The controls consist of dragging and tapping. You drag the torch around till you shine your righteous light onto the monsters. Then you tap one of the tonics to use them. As an iPhone/iPod touch original game, the controls feel intuitive and natural on a touch screen.
Helsing's Fire has inspiring background music that makes you feel like you are in Helsing?s skin. The Gothic theme music, played by an organ of course, is wonderfully creepy and imaginative. The tracks loop well and fit the gameplay perfectly. If you don?t want to use the in-game music, the game offers an option to play your own iPod music. Sound bites too are also great.
An original game that features puzzle, action and a fun story at a baseline price, Helsing?s Fire is a puzzler?s dreams come true. The game filled with 90 levels, a survival mode, excellent graphics and great music. It?s hard to find another unique puzzle game quite matches Helsing?s Fire caliber.
Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):
Graphics: - 5 - Very good graphics. Impressive shader effects.
Sound: - 5 - Very catchy music that fits the game well, an option to play your own music.
Controls: - 5 - Intuitive controls designed for the iDevice, not glitches or bugs.
Gameplay: - 5 - 90 levels of gameplay plus a survival mode.
Playing Hints and Tips:
- Shine the light in all angles so you can hit all of the same colored monsters
- Study the monsters carefully before you start using your tonics.
Developer: Clickgamer/Chillingo (publisher)
Release Date: Jul 7, 2010
Buy App: Helsing?s Fire
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