GLX reviews Tehra: Dark Warrior for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Publisher/ Developer: StormBASIC Games
There are games that - for some reason - are memorable. They can be memorable for the love that the game's developers poured into the product or the fact that a game was downright awful.. Tehra: Dark Warrior is game that is neither great nor horrible. Instead, it's infatuated with mediocrity.
The main character of the game is Tehra. She's a half-human/ half-demon hybrid assassin. Her main purpose in life is to enforce a peace treaty between humans and demons. An evil force threatens to undo the good that the treaty has brought forth, so she sets out to defeat the malicious force. As much as the developers try to make the world of Tehra: Dark Warrior interesting, it just falls flat. Nothing about the writing makes me care for the characters or the world that they inhabit.
Tehra: Dark Warrior is a typical hack and slash game. There's not a lot of complexity to it. Just a lot of running and attacking. The developers added some magical attacks and a few gameplay elements, but the game is still repetitive. That doesn't mean that the game isn't enjoyable on some level. Still, some variety would've helped the game. There aren't a lot different enemies and their designs aren't inspired. Thankfully, the game ends a little past its welcome. At least, the developers had a decent idea when to stop story mode. Outside of that, there are some extra challenges for those that want more repetitive combat.
Graphically speaking, the game's visuals are mediocre. The developers heavily use light bloom effects, which doesn't help the game's appearance. The look and feel of the world fails to make an positive impression. It doesn't help that the developers decided to make Tehra a half-naked woman running around with a giant sword. It's not something that the characters want the user to forget. Most of the time, the camera will be positioned behind Tehra. How could this be a bad thing? She's running around in a leather thong. When the camera doesn't focus on her backside, the game positions the camera in an angle that makes it hard to see the in-game action. The sound work is lacking. None of the music stands out and the sound effects are poor.
Tehra: Dark Warrior is simply a shallow, bland game. It aims to be a game that doesn't suck and it succeeds; but the people at StormBASIC could have put more into this game. The game's ending leaves the door for a sequel wide open. Unfortunately, this is not a game that is deserving of one.
5.4* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by: GLX
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About the Author - GLX
For years, GLX has been writing on-and-off for The Outhousers covering comics, video games and comics - among other things. He currently resides in The South. Yes, that's capitalized, and, no, that doesn't mean it's a place full of sunshine and butterflies.
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