My kids come up with some crazy ideas for new iPad apps. Some are good and some are really not good – for example my 3-year-old thought up an app that uses the iPad to put a straw in her juice box. The child-developed apps often have no rules, self-produced artwork, and random storylines that don’t really add to the game.
When I saw Glorkian Warrior trending in the App Store and read the description, my first thought was “Oh my gosh, my kids actually did it!” The screenshots looked similar to the artwork the preschool teachers send home, and the game play description is described as a “goofy mash-up of Galaga-style shoot-em-up, simple platforming action, and Saturday morning cartoon”.
The game opens with a quick back story about the Glorkian Warrior and his backpack, and how the pair must defeat alien ships. The platformer style keeps the learning curve small and even if you die all progress goes towards unlocking new features. Tap the screen on either side to run right or left and swipe up to jump over pesky alien-robot hybrids.
As you can well imagine, Glorkian Warrior won’t stress your brain with indomitable puzzles or wear out your fingers from too much action. Artwork isn’t cutting-edge or console quality, and you won’t learn any cool educational facts. But you will have a ton of fun playing without IAPs, family-friendly content, and YES.
I love playing this game – it’s not pretentious or over-reaching; it’s a basic arcade-style shooter that appeals to the kid in all of us. Even my armchair game developers kids got in on the action and I was glad to let them because the game was easy to play and simply fun and great for all ages.
Connect to the Game Center to compare your scores with other Glorkian Warriors. A $2.99 download price might seem a little steep but this is money well spent. It’s so refreshing to find a game that doesn’t put on airs and aims to give players a chuckle.
From the Developer
JOIN THE GLORKIAN WARRIORS! Visit awesome asteroids! Blast strange invaders!
**PLEASE NOTE: This game requires iPhone 4S or newer, iPad 2 or newer, iPod Touch 5th gen or newer**
“It’s a ridiculously charming game that makes me smile every time I play it.” - Cult of Mac
“It really is quite the delight.” - 148Apps
“The vibrant cartoony visuals are beautifully conspicuous and the fantastic soundtrack compliments the game to a T.” - Toucharcade
Glorkian Warrior: The Trials of Glork is a collaboration between Eisner Award winning cartoonist James Kochalka and indie game studio Pixeljam, makers of the prehistorically epic DINO RUN!
It\\\'s a goofy mashup of Galaga-style shoot-em-up, simple platforming action, and Saturday morning cartoon.
Help Glorkian Warrior and his trusty Super Backpack fight against an endless onslaught of alien creatures, and be prepared for anything... the Magic Robot appears when you least expect it, and might shower you with exploding basketballs... or kittens!
Collect energy crackers and power up an awesome arsenal of double lasers, triple lasers and tennis balls while the invaders hypnotize you with their mesmerizing attack patterns. Perhaps you may even uncover the legendary Flarf Gun and save the world.
You will have so much fun trying and dying, again and again.... but no matter how miserable your performance, each play session will add to your progress and unlock new features to keep your fingers and fun zone fully engaged!
? Art & story by James Kochalka, First Cartoonist Laureate for the state of Vermont! ? Game design, coding, and music by Pixeljam games, the same team that brought you DINO RUN ? Procedurally generated invader flight patterns and formations, with many different landscapes to explore ? No IAP, just good old fashioned entertainment like your great grandpa used to enjoy ? Frenetic, \\\"one more try\\\" style gameplay ? Endearing characters and all-ages humor ? Based on Kochalka\\\'s new graphic novel “The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza\\\" ? YES
Can you reach the rank of Glorkian General or will you forever stay a Soft-Boned Space Cadet?
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