God of Blades has the honor to have been funded by a Kickstarter campaign. This is something that some of the most popular web series, comic books and charity projects can claim. In terms of getting projects viewers and players really want out there, this is the wave of the future, in my humble opinion.

The latest game from White Whale productions is inspired by pulp science fiction novels and gives the player a chance to immerse themselves in a world of sci-fi gone by. You play as a spectre, either as the Nameless King or the Whispering Lady. You run into a world that might have come off the cover of a book from the seventies (the graphics are lovely, by the way) and battle hordes of enemies with a series of blades that you unlock as you go along.

One extra cool feature is a special blade that you unlock with Foursquare by playing the game in a library! Remember those places? Lots of books and people shushing you? No? Really? It's sort of like a coffee shop where you read stuff, but it's on paper instead of a screen. What's paper, you ask? Um, pulped up wood, squished into a flat sheet. You write on it with pens. Oh, those are the stick thingies with ink ... never mind. Just be quiet while you're there. Trust me. Honestly, that is my favorite feature of all. Getting kids back in libraries, even if you have to bribe them to be there. There are 26 stages if you're playing in campaign mode. You battle enemies as you run forward, beating them into submission, with bosses that appear every few levels. If a high score is your thing, try eternal mode, where you run on and on, putting down the bad guys until you feel your place on the leader boards is secure.

There are really only three moves here. You sweep your finger up, down and forward to slice with different skills. It's a simple game, all in all, but it's actually quite a bit of fun to play. Even more fun is tossing your enemy into another one to topple them like bowling pins. There are combos and each blade you manage to unlock in campaign mode has different abilities.

Maybe it's the old book covers that inspired the game that grabbed me. Maybe it's the silly storyline that really means nothing and serves no purpose but to be the hanger on which the beautifully drawn world is hung (which is often all those old science fiction novels were). Maybe it's just the fact that it's mindless playtime with swords. Whatever it is, this game is a blast to play. I'm curious now, what other games lie in wait over on Kickstarter and other sites like it. Have you guys come across any that you're dying to tell us about? We'd love to hear all about it.


Store Link: God of Blades for iPhone or iPad | By White Whale Games Price: $2.99 | Version: 1.0 | 183 MB | Rating 9+

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