Superbrothers: Sword and Swocery is a superb magical indie adventure game by Superbrothers and Capybara Games launched initially for iOS in year 2011. They later created versions for Android, Windows and Mac, successfully ensuing a trail of positive reviews and immense sales garnering a position in iOS App Store top 10 paid games up to this day.
The game’s plot and dialogue is presented in third person point-of-view via character thoughts, which are registered in a magical book called “megatome”. This book lets the main character, a lone Scythian warrior, read other character’s minds. When stuck in the game, this book provides hints on the next steps.
The Scythian warrior needs to jump through the “real” and “dream” world to free up magical spirits by singing the song of sworcery, battle a dark guardian and monsters, figure how the moon relates to the adventure, and find the trigons. Her adventure will take you to luminous forests, hidden temples, solve puzzles and uncover secrets in bushy groves and more.
Real world time effects gameplay, which can be very tiresome and frustrating for most because you have wait for the phases of the moon. There is a way to get skip over the waiting time by changing the time clock of your gadget to progress but the developers were pretty smart in making sure you don’t get the 100% ending if you cheat. However, a legit way is integrated within the game.
An interesting influential part of Sworcery is a “narrator” holding a cigar and talks about the game as an “experimental treatment” for acute soul-sickness. He adds a sophisticated hyperbole of role-playing addiction which will later be felt as you progress in the game.
A perfect product of minimalistic pixel visualization. Each image are meticulously crafted and paired with incredible animations to make movements appear flawless for each ‘block’ element. Graphics will take you down nostalgic era of SNES games (if you played games in that era).
This has one of the best soundtracks ever incorporated in a game. Each event has its own captivating dynamic soundscapes effectively delivering the mood of each phase of the adventure.
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Strong musical elements abound. Transitioning to both worlds is represented by flipping a magical record to its B-side, and many puzzles have musical compositions in them. My favourite audio is when spirits are freed. They give out an ethereal echo ending on child-like lilting laughter.
It is highly recommended to wear earplugs while playing this game. You will be so immersed with music it will be hard to stop.
Controls are very intuitive and easy to learn. Simple tap, zoom-in and zoom-out, and sometimes uncommon touch movements necessary to solve a puzzle.
Battle scenes includes tilting the iPad to portrait mode to fight mode, which in turn becomes turn-based strategy. You will need to get the rhythmic feel flow of these events to deflect and kill monsters and enemies.
Thoughtful Twitter integrations lets you share comments online. The quirky tone of these comments lightens the tone of this game since it can become somber when played at long stretches of time.
Sword and Sworcery is a perfect game of masterfully blended music, art, storytelling and gameplay one in a poetic way you will not find very often. You don’t have to be a gamer to appreciate this game.
In essence, it will only take a couple of hours to finish the game, excluding the real-time moon phases, but the impact the game leaves will stay with you long after you’ve finished.
CREATOR: Superbrothers and Capybara Games
PRICE: $4.99, by the time this game was purchased