Jun 19, 2014
Rival Knights is a truly unique idea for a game. Jousting is a fantastic idea for a mobile game and is untapped. But does it hit the mark?
Rival Knights casts the player as a low ranking knight with leather armor and a drive to work their way up the ranks to defeat a nasty local lord whoâ€™s acting like a jerk.
What this boils down to of course is unhorsing a bunch of knights with a lance. The game uses a basic, but very fun timing based system for jousting. At the start of their charge a well-timed tap gives the player a boost off the line. While charging towards the opponent a timing gauge appears and perfect taps boost the playerâ€™s charge speed and thus their impact.
Just before contact with the opponent the game slows down in a bullet time style moment and the player must move their crosshairs over a target cursor that appear on the knight. The closer and longer the player manages to hold their cursor over the moving spot, the more accurate and powerful their hit is. If the player does well enough they win! This is a simple, but very exciting system and is a lot of fun to play.
Rival Knights is very focused on gaining better equipment and thankfully for a free game this is actually fun rather than painful. New armor, weapons and horses can be purchased with in-game cash and unlike most games of this type they are easily affordable. Gold is handed out in goodly amounts for both working through the single player campaign and playing multiplayer and there is never any endless boring grinding to be done. This is a breath of fresh air for jaded mobile gamers.
The single player portion of Rival knights is based around winning a series of jousts against various opponents, often with some kind of stipulation, like getting a perfect start or reaching a certain speed on the horse. Sometimes permanent powerups that boost the playerâ€™s abilities with armor or weapons are up for grabs and there is always plenty of in game currency handed out.
On the multiplayer side of things Rival Knights is just as fun. There are tourneys every day where high end gear and lots of cash can be won and there are no shortage of other players to joust. Players are not jousted directly, rather MP is played much like single player, but with the other playerâ€™s equipment and stats.
Rival Knights looks fantastic. Its graphics are a treat to see and every piece of armor and horse looks very different and is well detailed. Animations for jousting are also very well done, in particular the vast number of ways opponents can be knocked off their horse is very satisfying The sound is also very high quality.
Rival Knights is great fun and a very original game to be sure. At a price of zero dollars it should be an instant download for just about everyone.