Some of you might remember Glorkian Warrior from Nerd Burger’s awesome review of the comic Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza. Well, wouldn’t you know it, but Alex from Pixeljam Studios contacted me recently to see if I was interested in reviewing their new game, Glorkian Warrior: Trials of Glork, which was they made in conjunction with Glorkian cartoonist James Kolchalka. Hot damn, was I ever!
In the game you play as everyone’s favourite Glorkian Warrior, who along with his trusty magical backpack, must protect the desolate asteroid he is marooned on from alien invasion. Which mostly just means running back and forth while your backpack shoots various projectiles into the air.
Although billed as a hybrid of shoot’em ups and platforming, there really isn’t that much platforming involved other than occasionally having to jump over aliens in your way. But you can also just push them around, or wait for other aliens to kill them with hellfire. So really, Glorkian Warrior: Trials of Glork is pretty much just a wave shooter in the Galaga/Space Invader mold, but with really awesome cartoon art and an extra goofy sense of humour.
However, while the gameplay is incredibly simple and they do warn you before you start the game that “you will die a lot,” the cheerful art and the wacky humour actually add up to an addictively fun game to play. I love the goofy smirk Glorkian gives as he dashes around collecting crackers and power ups.
Most power ups affect the type of weapon you get to use, and in typical wave shooter fashion these power ups all have limits on them, with crazier weapons unlocked as you progress through the game. The crackers are similarly used to purchase upgrades, which include things like “Title Scrambler” (which explains why the top image has a different game title) and “Basketballs,” which means basketballs you can kick will randomly rain from the heavens. There are even mini comics by Kolchaka!
There are also a couple of sassy alien chicks in spacesuits named Zoe and Chloe who will periodically harass Glorkian Warrior at the beginning of a run to give you challenges and pressure Glorkian Warrior into being their flunky.
Finally, let’s take a minute to talk about the soundtrack, which is pure 8-bit arcade inspired gold! Even the sound effects are incredible and grin inducing, especially the chorus of child voices that announce the title of each power up you collect. All together now, “Double Lazer!!”
As you can probably tell, I really enjoyed the game. It’s easy to pick up, but difficult to master, brimming with silliness and well suited to adults and children alike.
Glorkian Warrior: Trials of Glork is currently available on the iTunes store for $2.99, but you can also vote for the game of Steam Greenlight.