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Game review
Swordly lacking
by Harry Slater 16/4/2013
Product: HEAVY-sword
Publisher: Monster Robot Studios
Format: Android, iPhone, iPad
Genre: Action, Platform, Retro
Players: 1
Version: Europe
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If The Other Brothers was undoubtedly inspired by Mario's 2D heyday, then the maker of HEAVY-sword probably owes Miyamoto a cut of its profits.

This is classic platforming fare, so expect to collect plenty of gold coins, slip down numerous secret pipes, and bop from underneath question mark-emblazoned boxes.

As this game's title suggests, though, the violent streak here is much more pronounced than anything seen in Mario's gentle bottom-bouncing series. You've got a bladed weapon of mass combo destruction at your disposal, for one, as well as some projectile weapons. ...
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A platformer with a few decent ideas, HEAVY-sword is let down by clumsy controls and a stark reliance on nostalgia
Audio/visual: 6
Gameplay: 5
Value: 6
Innovation: 5
Overall: 5
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