Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
By SQUARE ENIX INC
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“…a fantastic dual stick shooter that will make any fan happy” 148apps.com
“...a great co-operative experience” Pocketgamer.co.uk
“It’s a joy” GamesMaster
Now fully updated and optimised for iPhone and iPad, Lara Croft: Guardian of Light brings you an award-winning downloadable action/adventure to the palm of your hands! With fast-paced play in either co-op or single-player modes, Guardian of Light is a truly unforgettable experience for iOS.
AN INCREDIBLE ADVENTURE BEGINS
Join Lara as she ventures deep into the jungles of central America in search of the Mirror of Smoke, a powerful artefact from a lost age. Whoever wields this item has the power to rid the world of light, and hold the future of humanity in their hands. But now fate hangs in the balance, with the Mirror in the possession of Xolotl, the God of Darkness - Lara and Totec, the Guardian of the Mirror, only have until sunrise to defeat him, or the world will be plunged into an age of darkness!
PLAY EITHER SOLO OR IN CO-OP
Take-on Xolotl and his armies of creatures with an all-new intuitive and accessible touch-screen control system, letting you explore the world and solve the puzzles at your own pace. Jump in as Lara Croft or, for the first time in the series, play in co-op with another iPhone or iPad player joining as Totec.
•Fast-paced action/adventure gameplay
•Local and Game Center Multiplayer
•Co-op focused puzzle solving
•Player upgrades and unlockable weapons
What's New in Version 1.2
Improved stability and multiplayer performance.
Uninstalled for being unplayable
The game designers took too many shortcuts when designing the game and the iOS port was not thought out.
1. Insta-spawning baddies: if your solution to making the game tough is a billion baddies that insta-spawn on top of you, you are making a bad game.
2. Impossible puzzles: the hall of traps on level 5 is simply not possible to complete because the game designers took another shortcut and made floor sections collapse instantaneously. Without warning, it just becomes an exercise in frustration that isn't fun.
3. No consideration was given to input handling on iOS, making puzzles much harder than they need to be. It's harder to control Lara using virtual buttons.
I slogged through the sometimes-fun first several levels because I'm a big Lara fan going back to the original game. But the incredibly poor game design made me uninstall the game. Had there been a level skip for the hall of traps piece, which is impossible due to bad game design, I would have slogged through the rest; some of it is fun, namely, puzzles and finding new guns and relics. The graphics and sound is excellent and the story is fine. Not even worth free, unfortunately. I hope the next iteration is playable.
Really FUN! Grows on you!
I read someone's 1-star review down lower and thought what a shame... At first when I bought this game I was upset with the controls and then stopped for months. Now I've picked it back up and trucked throught the first 5 or 6 levels and have grown accustomed to the controls and am really enjoying this game! At first I thought I would just beat it normally and not worry about getting all the extra stuff, but somehow it's sucked me into trying so hard to clear all the objectives and get all the items! It's just THAT FUN! And I haven't even tried co-op mode yet! Really, just buy it!
Far better than I expected
I wasn't sure what to make of it, and now I'm a little sorry I waited around on a sale instead of buying it outright.
Essentially, it's the full console/PC game revamped as a dual stick shooter. Controls can get a little overwhelming because so much is fit into here for a mere touchscreen, but it is very well done and polished.
The fixed camera can be problematic, but it's a small price to pay for such a worthy console experience delivered on a mobile device.
Definetely worth checking out.
- Category: Games
- Updated: Sep 20, 2011
- Version: 1.2
- Size: 320 MB
- Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
- Seller: SQUARE ENIX Ltd
- © 2010 SQUARE ENIX Ltd
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.