This game was once featured on App Store as the “App of the Week” a while back. The fact that it got featured there means the game itself have already had quite an impact to the App Store reviewer.
From the description on App Store :
Darklings stole all the stars from the world which is an essence of light and brought Darkness. Join Lum to purge the Darklings. Experience unique gesture driven gameplay blended with awesome noire artwork carrying the touch based games to a whole new level. Save the stars, save the world. Darkness is coming!
Darklings is an epic endless adventure through magical worlds. Lum, face of light, tries to save the world by purging the darklings and retrieve the stars. Play as the face of light, Lum, only piece of hope left on the universe, and purge all the Darklings to their pits, and begin to save the world!
You play as Lum, face of light, purging the Darklings that are trying to steal the light. To purge the Darklings, you need to draw the symbols that is written on it. Lum then will possess the Darkling and defeats them. The faster you do this, the higher your combo will be, the bigger your score will be.
Says it all.
After defeating each Darklings, they will release both small stars and big stars. Small stars can be used to power-up and customize Lum, and the big stars will be used to add time to the countdown timer. You need to swipe or drag the star on to Lum, or, when you collect enough stars, you can get a companion which will help you collect the stars. I personally find it hard to manually collect the stars, especially when there are a lot of Darklings to defeat.
The tough boss is coming!
Every few waves, you will face a (i’m quoting here) tough boss. They will throw rocks into the air, shoot dark laser, and drop bombs. But the gameplay remains the same: draw the symbols that appear on-screen as fast as possible. The bosses are quite challenging, especially in earlier game where you are still familiarizing yourself with the symbols.
Graphics and Audio
I simply love the graphics in this game. The visual in this game is similar to Limbo and Badland. The entire color pallet is a variety of shades of gray. The main character and his enemies are sharp and in focus in the foreground while the background is full of shadowy mist-covered impressions. Simply brilliant.
The music is mediocre at best, but will get your heart pumping when (i’m quoting again) the tough boss is coming!
All in all, i think this is a good and simple game. It looks great. It has a nice, eerie theme. It has an unique gameplay which is rare. The music is… not bad, but i don’t think you will play this game with very loud volume on.
Darklings is priced at $0.99 on App Store, which i think is a very good value for an interesting game mechanics and visually enticing graphics. This game also provides in-app purchase to buy stars.
The drawback for me is responsiveness. You could have sworn you have drawn the right shape, but the game thinks you are not. Also you can’t move the screen, so you are stuck waiting in the middle of the screen while the Darklings come from both edges of the screen. This will broke your combo more often than not. And i guess the game will feel quite repetitive after a while.
If you are a fan of simple and casual games, you should definitely give Darklings a try. Darklings is perfect for killing time while queueing or while commuting. It also provides you with a challenging gameplay that will keep you engaged for the rest of the session.
Darklings on Apple App Store.