December 23, 2012 12:53pm
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is likely the strangest and most endearing game you’ll play this year. That is, if you own an Android device. The game was released for iPad, and then ported to iPhone, in early 2011, and arrived on Android via the Humble Bundle IV in November.
But now the game is available for all Android devices running Gingerbread and higher, as long as you have an extra 200MB or so of free space. It’s got a distinct visual style — pixel art mixed with forest-themed heavy metal — and an amazing soundtrack by Toronto-based Jim Guthrie. In fact, the developers of the game, Capy, are also based in Toronto, so this is a homegrown success story. That is took so long to hit Android is disappointing, but it’s here now and worth every one of its 199 pennies.
Mainly an adventure game, the byline is “Traverse a mythic little realm, use a sword to do battle & evoke sworcery to solve mystical musical mysteries.” It’s less action platformer than it appears in screenshots, and the controls can be a bit finicky, but the experience is tailored entirely for touch devices, even using the accelerometer to denote battle sequences. It’s a real treat.
Download Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP for Android.