I’ve admittedly become rather fond of FDG Entertainment over the past few months. While none of their games individually has blown me away, they’ve amassed an endearing – and relatively varied – selection of games, including Clear Vision and Banana Kong.
Slayin is a different kettle of fish once again, but thankfully it has that good old FDG charm.
FDG touts Slayin as the “world’s first endless action RPG”, which is probably a pretty fair description.
You’re tasked with controlling a little dude on a fixed playing area (the top half of the screen, essentially), and the aim is simply to survive for as long as possible while fending off an increasingly aggressive wave of monsters.
Said monsters approach from the top, bottom and side of the screen, so it’s necessary to keep your wits about you. Every 10 levels, the action is broken up with a boss fight.
In terms of controls, Slayin affords the virtual d-pad almost half the entire display (the resultantly small playing area actually fits well with the nature of the game), and your little hero runs perpetually; you simply move him left or right, or jump. Simple.
There are two currencies in Slayin, firstly the coins you collect as you slay monsters. They can be used to purchase stuff from the shopkeeper who appears periodically, including swords, armour and food.
The other currency is Fame Points, earned by racking up high scores and completing challenges such as Jump Over 10 Skulls and Beat the Minotaur in Under 30 Seconds.
With Fame Points, you can buy all sorts of crazy stuff, including skins for the virtual d-pad, bits and pieces for your gravestone on the high score screen, and additional characters.
There are also two additional Slayin game modes to unlock, namely Advanced Mode, which starts at level 80, and Boss Rush, which invites you to beat the bosses as quickly as possible.
And that’s Slayin. It’s quite an enjoyable little game, with an excellent chiptune soundtrack and nice old-school visuals.
My only gripes are having to start waaaaay back at the beginning each time (Advanced Mode, aside), and the amount of time it takes to save up Fame Points (needless to say you can simply buy FP with GBP).
- Interesting but simple concept
- Lots to buy in the shop
- The chiptune soundtrack
- Bit samey
- Gets hard real quick (that’s what she said)
- Takes ages to save up
Summary: Slayin is an interesting take on the saturated endless/survival genre. Not the best thing you’ll play all year, but well worth a look for 69p.
Developer: FDG Entertainment
Price: 69p @ App Store
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.