I’ve joked before about how sometimes my job is made easy when it comes time to pick our Game of the Week, as some weeks there’s just an obviously clear winner. Karma must be coming back to bite me, because this time around picking the Game of the Week is very difficult. Despite the potential of Apple’s iPhone announcement taking away all the spotlight, a huge number of games were released this week, all quite different from one another, with several that really stood out.
In case you’re curious, it boiled down to four titles. Dead Effect (Free) is a new first-person shooter with a creepy atmosphere and an emphasis on exploration. It gives me a heavy old-school Doom vibe, which I love, and despite having no multiplayer component it’s an extremely satisfying experience. Then there’s the clever and beautifully designed puzzle game Strata ($2.99), which is tricky and satisfying in all the right ways. Or we were leaning towards Joust Legend ($2.99), which comes with simple mechanics but is incredibly fun for some reason. It’s also quite visually impressive and lets you name your horse Jared, which automatically gives it high marks. You see why this decision was so hard?
However, there’s one title this week that I find myself continually coming back to, and even when I’m not playing it, I’m thinking about playing it. That title is OrangePixel’s Heroes of Loot ($3.99). It draws inspiration from Roguelikes with randomized levels and permadeath, but is in actuality closer to an action-packed dungeon crawler like the classic Gauntlet.
I’m not going to lie, it doesn’t get much simpler than playing Heroes of Loot. The game makes use of auto-aiming, so all you’re really doing is running around each dungeon using the virtual control stick and planting your finger firmly down on the fire button when you want to attack. Just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it isn’t fun though, and I mean loads of fun. There are tons of awesome enemies to encounter, a bunch of different magical spells to use, secret rooms to discover, random quests to complete… all the typical dungeon crawler-y type of stuff but packed into a super mobile-friendly, super fast-paced package.
Heroes of Loot is one of those perfect games that you can whip out at a moment’s notice and know you’ll have a blast, or sit back with and really get sucked into while hours just seemingly slip by without you even noticing. It’s hard to put your finger on exactly why games like Heroes of Loot are so enjoyable, but I’m just glad that they are, and people in the forums seem to be loving it as well. It’s overly simple, light on strategy, and isn’t going to set the world on fire, but Heroes of Loot had the magical ability to steal the most of my free time since its release, and for that it earns our Game of the Week nod.