There’s nothing like the classic arcade, but sometimes those games are due for a tune up. Glorkian Warrior: Trials Of Glork is a fast paced arcade action space shooter reminiscent of Galaga where spinning waves of enemy ships fly above, and you try to blast them away. You get to play as Glork, and you simply tap the left, or right edges of the screen to move back, and forth, while his super backpack fires automatically. The game nails the retro nature with tons of on screen action that is easy to control.
The main new addition to the style is charm with fun loving Saturday morning cartoon artwork everywhere. There are also little bits of humor that set-up each endless arcade session, and it’s just a treat to see it all in motion. As you play, you come across ground units to jump on top of, while dealing with the aerial assault. There are also temporary power-ups that fall down from killed units, and you battle your way through waves until you reach the bosses. It’s all just over the top arcade enjoyment, though it does wear a little thin on a longer term outlook.
Like any arcade game, it’s just an endless score attack, and the beginning waves all play out relatively the same until you reach the bosses. One good thing is that there are unlockables that include new environments, weapons, and power-ups. They don’t change the base gameplay, but it’s nice to have a little extra to shoot for. The main selling point of the game is the art style combined with classic arcade nature. It would just be nice to have a few more modern day elements like checkpoints at more difficult waves. The repetitive nature is always there, since the beginning waves are relatively bland, and you will play them often. It would be nice to start in tougher stretches, as you end up just going through the motions for a lot of the time you’re playing the game. In fact, you will take damage just from losing track of dangers in the monotonous initial waves.
Glorkian Warrior: Trials Of Glork ($2.99, Universal) offers stylized arcade enjoyment that is worth the price of admission.