iPhone Game Review: Pirate's Treasure Reviewed by Spaztrigger
Built on the same dual stick shooter scheme as Minigore, Pirate's Treasure brings back more running around and non-stop shooting action. This time around, we get the official eye-patch, peg-leg pirate outfit completed with musket wielding. Pirate's Treasure tells a tale of a pirate who is brave enough to plunder the Grim Reaper's treasure. Let the fun begin!
Most games start you off with zero stats and make you earn your way up. Have you ever wondered what it's like having max stats at the start of a game? Pirate's treasure shows you how that?s done. When you hit the Campaign button (which happens to be the only game mode) you find yourself in a room filled with gold. Next thing you know the Grim Reaper pops out of nowhere, a battle ensues with all your stats maxed out. After a long and hard battle you lose and all your abilities and stats get stolen. Boohoo. Here lies a great "hook": giving the players max stats for a short time only to take them away, which in turn motivating the players to max out their stats again. With this intriguing aspect, Pirate?s Treasure is one up on Minigore.
There are 6 types of levels in the game, you can choose which level you want to play. Levels have different objectives including collecting a certain amount of coins, killing certain amounts of monsters, surviving the time limit, getting certain amount of points, defeating the boss, or even mixed goals (finishing 2 or more missions like getting 10 coins and killing 50 monsters). You get 3 lives to survive, and the game gives you 2 bonus items to help you last as long as you can. Bonus items include extra life (heart) and an effective flamethrower that?s powered by rum, of course. By my count, that?s fewer bonus items in this game than in Minigore or Guerrilla Bob, and as those who have played Minigore know, having the bonus items especially more powerful weapons is what the players live for. Say it with me ?We Want More Weapons!?
Luckily we can shop in Pirate?s Treasure. The pirate stripped of his abilities must regain them from the shop run by another pirate with gold he earns. There is a even a mini lottery game in which you can win gold once in a while. There are 4 abilities total: speed, luck, monster (like in Minigore where you turn into a monster and stay invincible for a period of time), and firing rate of your gun. These abilities help a lot in some tough levels, but weapons like shotgun, grenade launcher, dual machine guns used in Minigore and Guerrilla Bob could help even more. What about more characters? Like a female pirate who moves faster but has lower firing rate.
One thing that?s abundant in Pirate's Treasure is a vast number of different enemies. Here is where the game outshines any of its older brothers: a zombie cow, mummies, zombies, bugs, fly thingies, golems, and milk that wants to kill you! Fun!
Like in Guerrilla Bob, Pirate's Treasure has stunning 3D graphics with excellent monster rendering and very smooth animation. You get a feeling that the developer had a great time creating different looking monsters and their movements. The visual FX for the weapons is also crisp and smooth. If you enjoyed the graphics in Minigore and Guerrilla Bob, you will enjoy the graphics in this game more. The touch controls work well most of the time, but once in a while it glitches up and freezes. Hope this will get fixed soon with an update.
Like in Minigore, the music in Pirate's Treasure fits the game like jigsaw pieces. When you turn the game on, you are greeted by some swashbuckling tunes and the background music goes with the game throughout. One of the best things you will find in Pirate?s Treasure is voicing. From the title screen to the heated battles, you will always hear the pirate saying something hilarious. There isn?t an option to play your own music, but there are options to turn game?s music/sound off.
If you're a fan of dual stick shooters you should get this game right away. For the fans of Minigore and Guerrilla Bob, this is a MUST BUY! It's not everyday you get to be a pirate and kick some Grim Reapers behinds! The graphics got even better than the previous dual stick shooter games and the gameplay has an intriguing hook. The game needs more upgradeable items and more characters, and from the experience with Minigore, we might just get what we want in future versions.
Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):
Graphics: - 5 - Awesome 3D graphics, smooth movement. Sound: - 4.5 - BGM is great and voicing is outstanding, but can?t play your own music. Controls: - 4.5 - Controls work well most of the time with occasional freezes. Gameplay: - 5 - Great selection of enemies, and dual stick shooting is smooth.
Playing Hints and Tips:
Try to upgrade your Luck since that increases the chances of enemies dropping gold.