Plantera Launches on Google Play

Plantera Launches on Google Play

Nov 30, 2016

Yay… farming caper Plantera is here!

This one comes to us all courtesy of VaragtP Studios, and is interesting amalgam of side-scroller and farm management simulator.

What can players expect? Per the press release:

Game Features:
✿ Plantera is a side-scrolling farm management simulator! Cultivate cute animals and crops for riches!
Grow multiple varieties of trees, bushes, and other plants. Harvest them for gold so you can grow more and reach higher levels.

✿ Bring different types of animals to your garden and let them roam free. Hens and pigs are just some of the animals you can raise in the game. They also help in collecting more gold by giving you sellable items.

✿ Employ cute blue creatures called Helpers to help you out in the collection of resources and raising gold from your garden, even when you’re not playing.

✿ Unlock new varieties of flora and fauna as you reach higher levels in the game, and expand your garden as much as you like. The more real estate you have, the more plants you can grow!

✿ Protect your garden from critters like birds, foxes, bunnies, and even wolves! Keep a guard dog or install a scarecrow to increase gold production even when not playing!

Sounds like something we’ll be taking for a spin.

Plantera is free (with in-app purchases); check out the trailer below:

Loot Hero Review

Loot Hero Review

Feb 21, 2014

Loot Hero is a simple game from VaragtP that matches simple sidescrolling fun to delightfully retro graphics.

It’s all about being a hero and defeating dragons. It uses a purposefully grainy 2D motif to highlight the action.

The gameplay is your basic side running fare: left to right running action — with a twist — facilitated by touching the right side of the screen. The goal is to dispatch the goons by depleting their life bars, all while keeping that of our protagonist runner up. Dispatching baddies and collecting goodies yields gold coins and action points that help leveling up. The twist is that it is also possible to run from right to left, which is great, since it allows for the player to go back and dispatch the baddies that regenerate after being destroyed. This yields even more rewards, and is a great way of doubling up on benefits.loot1

The bad guys start off being simple enough, but increase in ferocity as progress is made. At frequent junctions, and upgrade shack appears, which allows the player to upgrade attributes so as to combat these fighters more effectively. Things like attack power, defense and speed can be up upped via accumulated gold, and gives the player a bit of control with regards to how resources should be expended. At the end of stages, there is a boss of sorts, and these generally culminate in dragon which is usually (and expectedly) especially hard to defeat; this is where being able to go back becomes useful. For the truly competitive and/or impatient, real money can be utilized via in-app purchase.

My biggest gripe is that despite the continual changing of enemies, the game starts to feel a bit monotonous after the first few level-ups. No, we don’t expect runners to be overly complex in structure, but I think this one could use some more elements.

It’s fair game, well worth a free-to-play try.