Dec 22, 2016
It seems that archery games are popping up everywhere, and probably with good reason. Archery — the real, physical kind — is definitely a fun experience, pitting concentration against the elements and physics.
The virtual kind lends itself to the same, somewhat, and it makes sens that Android development stalwart Miniclip has thrown its hat into the ring with Archery King.
It is definitely a brightly-rendered game; the many environments are done relatively well, and the use of perspective is especially striking, as one should expect from a game of this type. The equipment is tightly done, and the animations are fairly smooth.
When it comes to gameplay, we get a few different modes, some in multiplayer and others in single player against AI. More specifically, there is Classic (multiplayer), Rush (multiplayer), Challenge (single), Time Race (single) and a Mini Game section. Checking it out in Classic mode seemed like a plan.
It is fairly easy to understand. The game shows the player have to shoot, which involves gesturing to use the sights, and then adjusting to get as close to the bullseye as possible. Releasing shoots the arrow.
Now, in the perfect conditions, the arrow flies straight, and hits the center (or very close) for a 10. The game incorporates a degree of physics though, so one has to contend with stuff like wind, so getting a high score every time isn’t as easy as it may seem.
But back to Classic gameplay… when the control mechanics are understood, one gets to go against another player that is randomly chosen. There are different entry tiers (using virtual cash); generally speaking, more cash yields higher payouts. At this point, it is a shooting contest between the two players, and best of three rounds wins the jackpot, plus some XP. There is a time limit to shoot, and tie-breakers when the tallies are even after three.
As one plays on, competition gets tougher. One can pick up better gear as they become available.
Rush Mode is a race, and Challenge is a lone. leveled adventure with interesting challenges.
The multiplayer aspect is fun; the ability to choose players (as in local multiplayer, especially) would be nice. It is possible to earn coins by watching ads, but premium stuff requires extra cash.
All in all, it is a nice diversion mostly. It works well free, and the Facebook connectivity option will appeal to some folks.