Hack and Slash Is All You Need
Ubisoft’s The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is a hack and slash game that’s as basic as they come. In it, you play a knight that loots castles, finding epic weapons and armor and growing stronger with every challenge. For some reason, there’s also small adorable creature hovering over your shoulder and that’s about it. It’s an incredibly fun and satisfying experience.
While The Mighty Quest doesn’t reinvent the wheel in any way, every aspect of it functions correctly and with purpose. The biggest problem faced by mobile games is smoothly avoided, with the basic map being free to play. The game never shuts down and asks for money, even if you can pay for extra features. The music is entrancing and goofy; The graphics are cartoonish and friendly; The gameplay is simple, bared down to its most basic elements in order to deliver a satisfying and intuitive experience.
Once the game is booted up, you can set your control preferences to your dominant hand, moving your character with your thumb. A quick swipe provides a dodging roll and a tap is an attack from your chosen weapon. These range from swords to hammers, with the former granting you speed and the latter strength. There’s also three special attack buttons that are unlocked as you play and level up. You can find these on the bottom corner of the screen where they can be customized.
It’s All About the Loot
The drive behind the game is loot, something that will please a lot of RPG enthusiasts. The more loot and you find, the better weapons you’ll be able to craft and use. Once you spend a couple of hours playing, you realize that there’s a wide variety of weapons and armor and that they all belong to different elements, like fire, water and air. Finding all the pieces of a set will grant you with extra powers and a personalized look.
Although the game’s castles can be completed within a couple of hours, there’s plenty of opportunities to come back for more. There are challenges and side quests, and the main castles can be beaten in a variety of ways. You can tackle all of the castle’s tasks at once or separately, earning a crown for the objectives that you manage to complete. You can kill all enemies, crack open all chests or beat the map within 2:30 minutes. Doing each task individually is a breeze but completing all at once is hard. If you do so, the loot increases dramatically in terms of variety and quality.
Not the Brightest Lights in the Sky
The game’s levels of difficulty are the main aspect that can be improved. Most of the game is relatively easy, not demanding much of you except for you to complete tasks and move on to the next mission. Enemies are easy enough to take down once you prevent them from piling up on top of you. The game has basic armed units, which attack with swords and hammers, and archers which, as you might imagine, attack with bows and arrows. There are also minibosses that have more distinct designs, attacking with big weapons or ranged guns. These enemies are a bit more prickly, but still pretty straightforward and easy to take down.
In order to complete all levels, you must repeat maps in order to pile more loot, developing a stronger player that can beat the final boss. Sadly, this change in difficulty is sudden, draining the game of the initial variety that made it so appealing when you first started playing it.
The Mighty Quest For Epic Loot is a game that understands that sometimes less is more. There are no plot distractions or crazy mechanics, focusing on fun and responsive gameplay. It’s a step forward for mobile gaming, being as elegant and addictive as Candy Crush or The Sims in a way that will satisfy gamers who just want to cut through a map that’s crawling with bad guys.
Is it Hardcore?
The Mighty Quest For Epic Loot is a hack and slash title that delivers exactly what it promises. There’s no fuss nor plot, just a kick ass time.