Cyberlords – Arcology is an Intriguing Sci-Fi Adventure
Jul 14, 2011 8:07 AM –
Cyberlords – Arcology. Fight for a free future! The citizens of the Asgard Arcology are terrorized by corporate security forces. Lead the Resistance and save the world from total surveillance! It’s the year 2173. The power of government is in decline and the world is controlled by gigantic mega-corporations. People may have no political power, but they still have control over their own bodies. Powerful NanoGear implants grant superhuman abilities and transform bodies into deadly weapons. Lead your four-man team of augmented cyber-warriors on dangerous infiltration missions. Hack into camera systems and computer terminals, take over security robots and lure enemies into ambushes with mines and sentry guns. Stealth, clever tactics or brute force – the choice is yours, and remember: the future lies in your hands!
Price: Free, ~$1.42 Ad-Free
Tested on: Motorola Xoom
Pros & Cons:
- Cyberlords Arcology features large expansive worlds in an immersive science fiction environment!
- Features an excellent soundtrack promoting a strongly exciting game atmosphere!
- Extremely large and customizable inventory system allows you to adapt your characters to your own unique style of gameplay!
- Unique squad based system of combat!
- Interesting story line!
- Combat system feels automated and distances the player from the game.
- No vibration for combat.
- Somewhat awkward squad mechanics.
Cyberlords Arcology is an interesting science fiction action adventure game for the Android platform. It features a unique squad management system, large explorable environments, environmental hazards, and an intricate storyline.
Cyberlords begins with the main character awakening in a containment cell in a large corporation. He has to try to escape from his imprisonment by sneaking past the guards, procuring a weapon, saving a fellow inmate and fleeing the compound. The game does an excellent job at making the environment believable. The guards in the prison patrol various sectors just like in Metal Gear Solid. You need to assassinate the guard with the knife in order to procure a key, and a gun for use in future fights. After procuring the key you can free a fellow prisoner who will join you in your quest to learn more about this organization, to leave the containment center, and take them down.
As you progress through the game you will meet other characters who will join you in your quest and who will become a part of your squad. Your squad members will all be shown on the right side of the screen and each one will have a special skill set. Some will move faster, some will specialize in explosives, some will specialize with firearms, etc. To control each member of the squad individually you merely need to click on the portrait of the squad member you wish to use and then click on where you would like them to move or attack. To move the squad together hold your finger on one of the heroes and select the image of grouped stick figures to make them move as a pack.
When you enter into combat in the game you can control each unit individually or together through squad commands. First you must enter command mode by clicking the squad command icon on the screen then you choose each unit and select the target you wish for them to attack. Unfortunately, you do not have very much personal interaction with the battles. Instead you are just directing your units on what to do if a fight does occur. This makes for somewhat boring fight sequences as you wait for your heroes to engage in back in forth gunfights with the enemy and you just sit back and watch.
After winning a fight it is very important to search the dead bodies and the surrounding environment for important objects like keycards, weapons, ammunition, money, etc. In this way the game is somewhat similar to older adventure games because it requires you to thoroughly search every room in the game for helpful equipment and clues.
The environments in the game are extremely large and expansive. There are many unlockable areas and quests. This allows you to access more and more content as you progress farther and farther through the game. It gives the game an excellent feeling as playing through it feels almost like a combination of “The Lost World” for SNES and “Flashback” for Mac Users.
Finally, Cyberlords also allows you to upgrade equipment and weapons throughout the course of the game. Each of the heroes has a biometric appendage which can be modified or upgraded to give your hero new or increased power as you play further through the game. Likewise new weapons and ammunition can be purchased in the game through various gunsmiths or merchants.
Cyberlords Arcology Title Screen
Cyberlords Arcology Wake Up
Cyberlords Arcology Meeting
Cyberlords Arcology Prisoner
Cyberlords Arcology Locked Door
Cyberlords Arcology Breaking Out
Cyberlords Archology Exploring
Cyberlords Archology Death
Cyberlords Arcology is fun to play, mostly due to it’s excellent storyline and attention to detail in the style of the original adventure games. However, I found the combat to be boring and repetitive. It did not allow me to have enough control over the specifics of the battle to feel like I significantly contributed to it’s outcome. If you are looking for an Action Combat game Cyberlords may not be right for you.
Cyberlords Arcology is extremely addictive through it’s sci-fi adventure game elements. There are many hidden objects throughout each of the zones that you will encounter. Each of the zones will contain multiple quest givers and challenges which will allow you to further strengthen your hero and experiment more with the squad based combat.
The biggest detractor to the game play that I experienced is that I found the combat system to be too controlled and mundane. I would have preferred a combat system where I was given more control over the individual units of the squad or their various attacks. Perhaps with an interface featuring a similar portrait style system, but with a list of specialized attacks or abilities with the portraits in order to gain a deeper sense of control over the heroes.
The graphics for Cyberlords Arcology were very good. The game felt like a more refined sci-fi version of Zenonia based off of the graphics and screen transitioning alone. The main point of weakness in this game was the combat system. One unique feature to this game is that it featured animated blood and gore on killing enemy units. Personally, I think that the animated gore should earn this game a rating of at least Medium Maturity.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
The game makes no use of the Accelerometer or Vibration. The soundtrack for Cyberlords Arcology is very good. It creates an adventurous and mysterious feel to the gameplay. It is almost a mix of the happy music of Zenonia with the stealthy and foreboding music of Metal Gear Solid. I enjoyed the soundtrack and felt it did an excellent job complimenting the game atmosphere.
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