Game Review: Colosseum
Release: Dec 10, 2009
Developer: Biscuit Games
Available Platforms: iPhone/iPod Touch
ESRB Rating: N/A
Colosseum is a fun little hack and slash game from Biscuit Games. It features cute yet violent visuals, upgradeable weapons and armor, and a great soundtrack. It doesn’t require a big time commitment to play a level, which is perfect for when you just want to hack away for a few minutes. Conversely, it has that “one more level” feel that a lot of games on the iPod don’t have.
In the game you are a gladiator that must survive battles in a Colosseum using a variety of weapons and armor. You start out with a sword and a dagger. The dagger can be thrown to take out enemies at a distance and the sword will drop your foes at close range. The goal is to kill as many enemies as possible and collect coins and other power ups. Once an enemy drops a key, you can use it to escape the Colosseum and end the level. Between each level you have the opportunity to buy new weapons or upgrade the ones you have. You can also purchase armor and health.
There are a lot of things to like about this game. I really like the visuals, which are cute and cartoony, even though you’re relieving your enemies of their blood supply using a battle ax. The controls were very responsive and intuitive. I thought the level progression worked well. I was able to upgrade my weapons at a good pace without feeling like I was underpowered. I even skipped upgrading for a couple levels to save up for a bigger sword, which worked out very well. Additionally, the soundtrack and sound effects are very good. I normally prefer listening to my own music while playing, but Colosseum is an exception.
The only way I can see this game improving is with the addition of some leaderboards or multiplayer so I can compete with other people. The game is set up for one player, but I think an interesting feature might be to play head to head against someone over wi-fi, much like you can in Harbor Master. The more enemies I dispatch on my screen would make things more difficult for my opponent and vice versa. This could add a tug of war element to the game that I think would be really fun.
Throw down your $0.99 and start hacking away! This game is a fun little diversion with charm to spare. I enjoyed reading the weapon descriptions and using the flaming daggers. If you’re looking for something cute and fresh, grab this game.