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iPhone Game Review: Solomon's Boneyard
      #39064 - 11/07/10 10:36 AM

iPhone Game Review: Solomon's Boneyard
Reviewed by SpaZtrigger

In this prequel of the famous app Solomon's Keep you are one of four (with more to unlock) mages in their quest to defeat the magician gone bad, Solomon. Even though all the mages are destined to die at least you can collect gold to survive as long as possible. Good luck surviving...because you'll need all the luck you can get.

Gameplay

Solomon's Boneyard was originally supposed to be a DLC (download content) in Solomon's Keep, but was changed into a whole separate app featuring a single game mode and 7 different characters. The single mode in the game is Endless mode. You get to pick one of six characters (you have to buy 3 of them with the gold you earn), each with their on special magic. You can also buy perks like having double potions/mana potion. Or if you are a supporter of the developer you can buy 10,000 gold in an in app purchase.



After you select your character your ready to roll. As soon as you enter the boneyard you are immediately greeted by Solomon and the terror begins. Like Solomon's Keep you can level up when you get certain amounts of EXP allowing you to either get more powerful magic or try to boost your stats. If you?re lucky you enemies might drop a spell book allowing you to level up one spell and make yourself more powerful. Other items you enemies might drop include random effects like gold or telekinesis.

The higher number of enemies you kill the higher your score. In Solomon's Boneyard there are loads of monsters that make the gameplay hectic at times and lots of fun, but that?s also why you can't survive for very long. There are those basic foot soldiers like the buffed of skeletons of zombies including skeletal archers, mages, warriors, etc. Though the future is grim for our 7 mages at least the player will have fun blasting zombies and skeletons and trying to get a highscore.

In a pure pick up and play spirit, Solomon's Boneyard is pretty awesome because it just has endless amount of gameplay and it?s very easy to get into.



Graphics

As with many Raptisoft games, the graphics in Solomon's Boneyard rock. Solomon?s Keep impressed players with its awesome graphics, and Solomon?s Boneyard continues that tradition. The level design for is superb, and there are ton of great details in graphics that will impress you, for example, as a memorial of dead wizards if you stand on their grave for 2 seconds a magnificent flower appears.

Controls are, like other dual stick shooters, very fine. It might take a new dual stick shooter player a bit of time to get used to the control scheme but it becomes familiar very fast as it?s easy for a veteran player to pick up the game and can just play.

Sound

You can?t really call a boss as boss unless he has an epic voice. While you don't really get to fight Solomon you get to fight his baddies. And like the dark wizard he is Solomon is presented with a deep and magnificent voice. Other enemies have their own sound bites also, like you hear zombies groaning the non-existent life out of themselves. Since this all takes place in a bone yard players should expect an eerie tune. In Solomon's Boneyard you get just that, with many music tracks. The music fits the mood where you are trying to fight for your life while spooky music playing around you. If you don't like spooky and dark tunes you can listen to your own music.



Conclusion

Solomon?s Boneyard is an instant buy for dual stick shooter fans and for those who enjoyed playing Solomon?s Keep. You get superbly designed gameplay, epic graphics and music of high caliber. And all that for $0.99.

Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):

Graphics: - 5 - Perfect to the bone.
Sound: - 5 - Good quality and very nice. Also an option to play your own.
Controls: - 5 - Very simple and not glitchy.
Gameplay: - 5 - Endless mode never gets boring.

Playing Hints and Tips:

- Try to conserve mana when you're Morth the Ice Bender, then when you get surrounded by enemies you can freeze all of them

- If collecting gold gets old then buy 20,000 for $1!

- When leveling up try to concentrate on increasing your mana



App Facts:

Developer: Raptisoft
Release Date: Nov 4, 2010
Price: $0.99
Buy App: Solomon's Boneyard

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