BOR Review (Steam)

BOR Review

Play with Bor the Viking through 4 worlds! Unlock all the secret levels and save his 60 (60!!!!) wives in this colorful old-school platform.

Pros:

  • Cartoon graphics.
  • 252mb download size.
  • Controller support.
  • Platformer gameplay.
  • Tutorial signposts give tips.
  • Collectible shields in each level. (3 of them and generally hidden)
  • Four areas-Highlands, Forest, Snowlands, and Castle.
  • Actions-jump, high jump, double jump, and throw axes.
  • Kill enemies with axes or by jumping on them.
  • End of level mini game-save the damsel in distress by cutting the rope, where you hit it depends on what rating you get.
  • Level select screen.
  • Can combo kills.
  • Breakable blocks.
  • Coins-found in-game and by hitting the blocks marked with a B.
  • Strong platforming action.
  • Shield-stay still to block projectiles.
  • Once per life you get a mega jump that is used when you fall off the screen and gives you a chance to continue.
  • Happy soundtrack.
  • Very simple easy to learn controls.
  • Find secret bonus levels.
  • Checkpoints to hit.
  • Lose coins upon death.
  • Collect a special super attack.

BOR Review

Cons:

  • Lose shields upon death but still use the checkpoint so kind of pointless.
  • Mobile phone port and it still mentions phones and touchscreen controls.
  • Can’t use the special attack as it’s touchscreen and no button is assigned to it.
  • Got stuck on a few platforms.
  • No Steam achievements.
  • No graphics option.
  • No fullscreen setting.
  • Same soundtrack or it’s very similar.
  • Coins feel redundant.
  • Same level design sections.
  • No leaderboards or points.
  • No replay value.

BOR Review

  • 6/10
    Graphics - 6/10
  • 6/10
    Sound - 6/10
  • 6/10
    Accessibility - 6/10
  • 6/10
    Length - 6/10
  • 6/10
    Fun Factor - 6/10
6/10

Summary

BOR is a mobile port and it is a port that feels like it needs more work. I don’t want to just slam the game into oblivion, it may not be the most in-depth platformer but it is fun to play and it’s simple yet effective. The issue I have is the port mentions touch controls constantly and even has the special attack assigned to touchscreen and no controller button! The menus are laid out like a mobile game, that’s fine I’ve seen and used that style many times before. As said the gameplay is simple but it has charm and its just a good mindless platform game. If you fancy a game like that then be warned, it has no achievements, graphic settings and you have to press alt and enter together just to get fullscreen. At the end of the day, BOR is a good platformer but a bad port with no replay value or reason to push yourself.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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