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By Matt Thrower 10 January 2014
Hoplite | Developer:
Magma Fortress | Publisher:
Magma Fortress | Format:
Android, iPhone, iPad | Genre:
RPG, Strategy | Players:
1 | Version:
Roguelikes have a natural tendency towards bloat. A key part of their appeal is balancing a wide range of effects against one another, so there's always the temptation for developers to keep adding more stuff.
Hoplite is the exact opposite. Stripped right back to basics, it's as lean and well-oiled as a Spartan hero. And the result is brilliant.
This is Sparta!
You're descending into the demon-haunted underworld to retrieve the Golden Fleece. Levels are tiny, each one fitting on your screen, and the game is turn-based and deterministic. When you move, enemies respond in a predictable pattern.
An incredible, ever-changing blend of dungeon-crawling and tactical puzzles, Hoplite may lack a little longevity but it's impressively entertaining while it lasts