Game review: Goblin War Machine
Media Design School graduates Mike Clephane and Andrew Pahuru were both from the Game Development class of 2006. Mike was in the art stream, and Andrew in the programming stream. (Thanks to Mr. Steffan Hooper for his elephant-like memory of students past). Their game is really fun and stylish.
Goblin War Machine puts you in the driver seat of marauding goblins out to terrorise the inhabitant of various kingdoms. At the end of each level, you usurp the king by hitting his tower and sending him flying. The further you send him, the greater the score. The inhabitants will do their best to stop you by laying mines, shooting arrows and dropping bombs on you from above. The war machine has interchangeable parts that you can purchase as you sack the kingdoms. The more kingdoms sacked, the more money you make and the better you can make your machine.
Visually Goblin War Machine is very similar to Limbo, with a black and white and muted gray background with red exclamation points above the heads of the startled citizenry. The graphic style looks wonderful and is quirky and fun. The style really makes me think of Limbo, Castle Crashers and a vehicle evolution solver called BoxCar 2D. This mixture of styles works really well.
The gameplay is just as good as the visuals. The idea of being the bad guys is a compelling role to play. Playing as a villain is much more fun than being the good guy. When the peasants go running as you plow their houses down, you get the satisfaction knowing that you are doing your gobliny best work.
Siege towers crumble before your rolling construct, archers are bowled over by your mighty cannons and the king is thrown like a rag doll from his lofty keep. There’s pretty good fun to be had there, but the best part - this game is free to play. These guys have delivered a really fun product that you can spend a huge amount of time playing. So get out there and customise your war machine, incite terror in the populace and take that king for a fling!
Be sure and check out their other game, Black Market, as well. It’s visually astounding and also fun to play! Well done guys, you make us proud!