Review: Witcheye (Android)

Witcheye is a big, colorful, old-school platform adventure with a unique touchscreen control system that gives unparalleled control over the hero.

Witcheye is a big, colorful, old-school platform adventure with a unique touchscreen control system that gives unparalleled control over the hero.

Pros:

  •  Chunky pixel graphics.
  • 144mb download size.
  • Touchscreen controls.
  • Action gameplay.
  • Tutorial.
  • Timer and ghosts on/off.
  • Three difficulties-normal, hard and severe. Each has there own save slot.
  • Three additional modes-Boss rush, mini-boss rush, and speed run.
  • Controls-swipe to move that direction, you bounce off surfaces and you can stop by tapping the screen.
  • Kill enemies by hitting them, some are hit anywhere, hit underneath or hit from behind.
  • World map level select.
  • Four gems to collect on each level. 3 green and one special blue one.
  • Fun to play.
  • Bite-sized levels.
  • Big boss battles including mini-boss encounters.
  • Varied enemy types.
  • A lot of replayability.
  • Clever flowing level design.
  • Gems drop from enemies or breakable blocks.
  • Pick up health (hearts) from enemies blocks or they appear randomly.
  • Gems drop to the bottom and disappear whereas hearts go up the screen.

Witcheye

Cons:

  • Can’t skip levels or get any assistance.
  • The slight learning curve with the controls.
  • Boss battles can be difficult as you work out what to do.
  • Small window to collect gems or hearts.
  • Stingy checkpoints with a lot of the time you start again.
  • Doing precise movements is frustrating.
  • The game doesn’t play as well on small screens.

Witcheye

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7.4/10

Summary

Witcheye is a quirky little game, having the control scheme that combines swiping and tapping mg is very good once you get used to it, even then you still fluff it at the wrong time as it still feels alien. The general gameplay is very fulfilling and varied with some excellent level design and enemy types. It did take me a while to adjust to the rules and controls but it was worth it as its very satisfying when you get an awesome flow like rhythm and finish a level with few touches and taps. Boss battles are again varied but really ramp up the difficulty, overall I love the atmosphere of the game with cutesy characters and cutscenes. It’s an excellent time waster and a good fit for mobile, just make sure your phone screen is big enough as the smaller you go the more issues you will have with the controls.

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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