Effectively it occurred once more. I’m reviewing a sport that Jared picked as our Sport of the Week. I’d prefer to consider it’s because we see the standard in particular video games, however it’s also as a result of we each take pleasure in writing about nice video games on cell. That’s the place Kingdom Eighties ($4.99), the latest standalone entry within the Kingdom sequence from Uncooked Fury comes into the image. It debuted on PC a number of months in the past, and at last made its technique to cell and consoles final week. Whereas I’ve loved prior video games, the Kingdom Eighties setting had me very . Having now performed it throughout iPhone, iPad, Switch, and Steam Deck for this iOS evaluate, I really like most points of Kingdom Eighties, however it may depart some longtime followers a bit dissatisfied for one facet.
In contrast to prior video games within the sequence, Kingdom Eighties is a standalone singleplayer growth that truly has a notable story. When Jared talked about Stranger Issues, he hit the nail on the top. In loads of methods, Kingdom Eighties appears like a Stranger Issues sport, however it isn’t, and it’s nonetheless glorious in case you’re after a refined tower protection and constructing hybrid just like the prior video games within the sequence. Should you by no means clicked with these, this isn’t going to alter your thoughts, because it builds on the bottom (no pun meant) of prior video games and performs very equally.
In Kingdom Eighties, you mainly transfer on a 2D aircraft, acquire cash, discover, work together with NPCs, and construct by investing stated cash at particular areas or factors of curiosity. You ultimately unlock all kinds of untamed issues that will help you in opposition to the greed within the totally different chapters and areas of the marketing campaign. Whereas I really feel like these video games are very a lot “be taught from expertise”, the tutorial does a superb job of getting you on top of things with the fundamentals of the sport stream.
The narrative or marketing campaign in Kingdom Eighties has you enjoying a camp counselor recruiting folks to construct or defend as you face off in opposition to the Greed. As it is a Kingdom sport, you can not afford to lose your crown or it’s sport over. The story right here isn’t just a few dialogue like a visible novel, however there are precise retro-style animated cut-scenes. Relying on the problem you select, count on to get by way of Kingdom Eighties in about 6 or 7 hours with the survival mode unlocking after the marketing campaign.
Kingdom Eighties nails its aesthetic and music for the 80s setting, and I really like each points of the sport lots. The one factor I’d have modified is perhaps including some music from The Midnight, however that’s extra of a need than a necessity for me. I really like the reflections within the water, the refined animations whereas using the bike, and the VHS impact on the cut-scenes. I’m all for builders pulling out of left subject issues just like the 80s setting right here of their video games. This clearly isn’t meant to be the following full Kingdom sport, however as a standalone growth, it’s so good.
The dearth of co-op is likely to be a dealbreaker for a lot of given the main focus it had in Kingdom Two Crowns. I do know many of us who liked that facet of Kingdom Two Crowns, and maintain enjoying that even at the moment. Kingdom Eighties isn’t going to switch that, however it does do issues a bit in a different way with its story and setting. The decrease asking worth in comparison with the primary video games positively helps as nicely.
On cell, I performed Kingdom Eighties on my iPhone 11, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 15 Professional, and iPad Professional (2020). I examined progress syncing between the iPhone 11, iPhone 15 Professional, and iPad Professional with no points. The sport runs principally high quality, however I observed among the comparable scrolling points the Kingdom video games have additionally current right here to various levels relying on the machine. Barring that, they’ve controller help or touchscreen controls that each are carried out nicely. On iPhone 15 Professional, efficiency was nice, however that scrolling concern was nonetheless current to a point, although not as unhealthy as on Switch and older iOS gadgets.
Since I had entry to the Switch model and acquired Kingdom Eighties on Steam to play on Steam Deck as nicely, I used to be curious the way it scaled. The Steam model is Steam Deck Verified, and it had the least quantity of efficiency points throughout the platforms I performed it on barring iPhone 15 Professional. The Switch model whereas respectable, has fairly a little bit of body pacing points in some elements, however it isn’t sport breaking. I see no cause to suggest Kingdom Eighties on any platform aside from iOS from those I personal, because you get the total expertise right here at lower than half the asking worth of consoles and PC and with a conversion that runs significantly better than the Switch model. The Switch model additionally lacks touchscreen help.
Having now performed Kingdom Eighties with its newest updates on iOS, Switch, and Steam Deck, it completely delivered in its promise of being a story-based growth to the world of Kingdom. I used to be due to the setting, however the workforce nailed nearly the whole lot about this throughout its aesthetic, music, and story. The dearth of co-op will little question be disappointing for some although, and I want it ran with out the few scrolling points I encountered. Barring that, I’ve no points recommending Kingdom Eighties at its present asking worth. I hope the workforce builds on this setting for a future mainline sport although.