Dark Lands is a marvelous Windows Phone game that has you racing across the countryside battling monsters and avoiding deadly obstacles. The developers have recently released a sequel of sorts, Dark Lands Smasher.
While the game shares the originals dark graphics and mood, the game play is vastly different. Your hero will take a break from running. Instead, the enemy will come to him. You have one shot at slaying the enemy and if your timing is off by just the slightest, the game will end brutally for your hero.
Dark Lands Smasher is a challenging, wonderfully animated Windows Phone game. Be warned, the game is addictive and frustratingly difficult at the same time. It is a fun Windows Phone gaming title when you have a few minutes to spare.
Dark Lands Smasher has a very minimal layout. The opening menu keeps things simple with an option to:
- Play the game
- An option to rate the game in the Windows Phone Store
- An option to opt out of the ad-support ($1.99 in-app purchase)
The opening menu will also display your last score and best score.
Game play is simple. Your hero is armed with a massive battle axe and is positioned to the left of the gaming screen. From the right, an endless parade of monsters will march towards your hero. When these monsters come within striking distance, tap the screen to have your hero smash the monsters with his battle axe.
Timing is key. Swing too soon and miss, and then you will not be able to recover to swing again. Swing too late and the monster walks past your attack and skewers your hero, beheads your hero, snaps your hero in half or a number of other fates that ends the game.
Do not be shocked if it takes you several attempts to get the timing down just right. And even after you slay your first monster, it may take you several attempts to establish a rhythm to slay multiple monsters.
The game has outstanding illustrations and I like how the background art will shift as you progress through game play. I would not mind seeing options to change weapons where you can swap out that clunky battle axe with a more agile saber. It is not a melee type combat game though. Success relies on timing and timing alone. It adds to the challenge of the game but also adds to the frustration.
Overall, I like where this sequel of sorts is headed. If the gaming concept is well received, knowing the development group behind the Dark Lands games, I can see this game evolving as feedback and new ideas come to mind. It is a fun game as is and definitely one to keep your eyes on.
Dark Lands Smasher is a free, ad-supported game that is available for both Windows Phone and Windows devices. You can remove the ads with a $1.99 in-app purchase and the game is available for low-memory Windows Phones. If you give Dark Lands Smasher a try, let us know what you think of the game in the comments below and don't forget to rate the game in the Stores. It is the easiest way to send feedback to the developer.
George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.
Timing as in Quantum Break Timing? ;)
This is weak. All you do is tap on the screen. Seriously? Why are you promoting this game?
If you have less control it means its not fun anymore? It doesn't work that way.
Seriously? That's how some of the most popular mobile games work. Look at Flappy Bird or Crossy Road. What rock have you been living under.
I think the concept is kinda new in this game..graphics looks good and game is fun..4/5 rating I would say..Totally worth a try :-)
The developers are very proactive and aren't ones to let a game sit and collect dust. If there is an interest in this concept, I wouldn't be surprised if new features are already on the drawing table ready to implement.
I am playing dark lands for more than a year and its still not boring Edit: This new game is bullshit . It's destroying the name of previous one
I remember playing the original Dark Lands back in 2013. Hope this is as good
Wow, its only for 18 and up!
Go get original Dark Lands. This is way too shallow.
Wil give it a try
@Windowscentral team - Just a suggestion. How about adding the ESRB rating for games which get reviewed?
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