Enter OrcKid, a Windows Phone arcade game full of evil sheep to hack and slash

Enter Orckid is an action packed Windows Phone game where you take control of a young orc warrior who has to hack his way through the various game quests.

The storyline has the Orcs nearing the brink of extinction and it is up to the young Orc warrior to save the day by defeating the enemies of the Orc. Available for low-memory devices, Enter OrcKid has decent graphics and challenging game play.

The game has potential but quirky controls tends to hold this game back and will a little fine-tuning to give Enter OrcKid a better chance of success.

Let the slaying begin!

The main menu for Enter OrcKid has options to access the game's settings (sound/music on or off), visit the gaming store to customize your Orc and the required "Play" button. The store customization includes various sword types, player skins and miscellaneous "stuff" (glasses, beards, masks, etc.) for your Orc to use. Items are purchased with the gold coins you earn in battle.

Game play is spread out across a battle map (swipe to the left/right on the map to view more levels) with the first level serving as a tutorial that will walk you through the gaming controls. There is no Help Section but additional tutorials will appear throughout the game when new features become available.

Enter OrcKid's gaming controls are a series of on-screen touches to control movement and combat actions. It does take a little time to get used to the gaming controls. In a nutshell, the lower left and right sides of the screen controls your Orc's movements. Tap either side of the screen and the Orc will jump left or right. Press and hold either side of the screen and the Orc will run left or right. Additionally, if you tap either side of the screen when your Orc is close to an enemy he'll attack that enemy with a slash or hack of his sword.

The upper half of the screen controls special moves and defensive tactics. Tap once and the Orc will defend against an attack. Tap once with both fingers and a special defend/attack move will launch. Additional controls include swiping down to hunt for treasure and swiping left/right for a speed move.

There were times that the gaming controls became non-responsive and with a combat game, losing the ability to strike at your enemy can be detrimental. I don't necessarily think the touch controls are a bad idea but they may be trying to take on too much. I couldn't help but think that a traditional on-screen joystick and attack buttons might have been a better approach.

Game Play

The gaming screen with Enter OrcKid has your gaming stats displayed across the top of the screen (health, energy, gold, and level objectives). Your enemies will approach you from either side of the screen and your job is easy, destroy them before they destroy you.

Enemies range from what appears to be mutated sheep to armored horses (could be unicorns) and even an angry bull comes into play. Some go down with a single swipe of your sword while others are a bit more difficult to slay.

Gaming levels take place in a variety of scenes. One has all the characters silhouetted by the setting sun, which makes for an interesting combat environment. Some levels will require you to kill a specific number of enemies or find a set number of buried items.

When an exclamation mark appears above an enemy, it is a sign of an imminent attack. You can double tap the screen to defend against the attack, swipe left/right to create distance or strike that enemy first. The pace of the battle does have a bit of zip to it with enemies attacking from both sides of the screen and will keep you on your toes.

Overall Impression

Enter OrcKid is a Windows Phone action arcade game that has potential. The graphics aren't too shabby and the game has enough challenges to keep things interesting.

The Achilles Heel with Enter OrcKid rests with the gaming controls. There were simply too many instances when a tap registered as a swipe or didn't register at all. For Enter OrcKid to have any hopes of success, these controls need to be more reliable, maybe even more simpler.

As is, Enter OrcKid isn't a terrible game it just needs a little tweaking. The trial version will let you play the first six levels, which is enough gaming to let you decide if Enter OrcKid is worth the investment.

After two reviews, Enter OrcKid is only rated at 2 Stars, which is a bit on the low side. In its current state, we'd bump that rating up one star and if the controls would improve you could add another half a star on top of that.

George Ponder

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.