Iâ€™ve always been a huge fan of the Robin Hood story, from the original cartoon to the Kevin Costner film, to the anticipation of the new Russell Crowe remake. Unfortunately, Robin Hood has never really worked as a video game, despite many attempts. Robin Hood â€“ the Return of Richard, for the iPhone, is no exception to this disappointing streak. The game is fun, for the first few moments, but leaves much to be desired in the long run.
The objective of the game is to shoot arrows at as many enemies as possible before the time runs out. Being described as a shooter, youâ€™d expect there to be some sort of aiming component to the gameplay. However, there is absolutely no need to aim your bow and arrow at all. All you have to do is tap on an enemy to fire your arrow and strike them dead. Sometimes youâ€™ll have multiple enemies on screen, making you worry that youâ€™ve given some of them too much time to shoot at you. But, no worries! The enemies take their sweet little time before they even think about firing back. You can easily play through most of the game without so much as a scratch.
You can reload your arrows by tapping on the lower right corner of the screen. This reloading action may delay your ability to fire, but again, the enemies take so long to fire back that the reload time really wonâ€™t even be a problem. The only other control option you have is to pan left and right to find more enemies in the level. However, every time you touch the screen to pan, you also fire an arrow. There should be some way to look around without actually firing your weapon.
You can play through the entire game in less than an hour. Each level is timed, and the last level isnâ€™t that difficult at all. There are some special hidden items throughout the game that, when hit, will offer you some extra money. But, other than that, the game is seriously lacking in content. There really isnâ€™t much to do. You earn money for each enemy you kill, but you canâ€™t use that money for anything. It would be great if you could upgrade your bow or arrows. Also, the AI is way too easy to defeat. There is absolutely no challenge, and you have no option to choose a difficulty at the beginning of a new game.
Overall, this game is something youâ€™ll play once and never take out again. Its replay value is extremely low and itâ€™s only fun for a short time. For $2.99 Iâ€™d expect a bit more.
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