Paladog Game

Paladog – An armour-sporting, magic-wielding wielding dog riding a horse into a battle against all manner of zombies: colour me interested

Canine Equestria

You may have played games where you ride horses into battle before, and you may have even had the privilege of controlling some flash-based animals for entertainment purposes, but unless you have already played Paladog, then the chances of you having witnessed a dog riding on a horse with the express purpose of taking down a series of undead opponents with magic and an army of your own helpful animals are slim to none. Battle and bludgeon all manner of zombies and zombie-like creatures as you attempt rid the world of these stereotypically persistent evils. If you want a great big slice of random with a side of quality, then I recommend Paladog for the main course.

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The world of Paladog is a bizarre one, and is one involves rapidly-regenerating enemies of all shapes and sizes emerging from a portal-like object on the right hand side of the screen. Your job as a fearless canine with finite supply of mana is to dispel these evil forces using every method at your disposal. Your capabilities are by no means limited, since you are afforded up the 3 main attacks which are initiated by pressing the J, K, or L button. As you proceed through the game, you are able to obtain different items and attacks and are restricted to equipping 3 at any one time. Items range from your standard attack to objects like the heal mace, which restores your HP in small quantities when used, or the ring of mana, which allows you to restore your magical capabilities at an accelerated pace.

 Your movement is controlled by the A and D buttons since the action takes place on a two dimensional plane where only forwards or backwards movement is permitted. The enemies continue to advance from the right as you desperately keep them at bay whilst you destroy the portal structure that they are emerging from; once it is destroyed, the level is won, as are upgrade points and the ability to level up.

You and What Army?

Your powers of attack aren’t simply limited to your level of mana; you are also able to summon a series of other creatures to help with your quest against evil. The variety of creature is actually quite astounding, with units such as mice with swords and high-armour tortoises adding to your offensive capabilities. Much like using your special attacks costs you mana, using each of these animal units costs you quantities of food indicated by the status bar. The act of progressing through the game and upgrading your units is pretty much half, if not up to three quarters of the fun.

Overweight with Features

The content within the game is ample, with the ability to upgrade your special attacks and animal army, as well as being able to swap out your hero with the different attacks and properties that are available. The trouble is, the game seems as if it is trying to pack a little too much into the suitcase, which far exceeds the weight allowance for flash-based flights of this genre. The over-abundance of customisation and upgrade provision spills over into the poor menu design which looks a little cluttered and isn’t all that intuitive to navigate through, even after the tutorial to explain how to navigate the game’s interface. The fact that there is even a requirement in the first place to overlay arrows and guidance notes over the menus is a clear sign of the fact that there may be a little too much going on. The game does have some welcome excess, however, such as the 120 possible levels 9 units, and a few mini-games to keep you interested.

Redemption?

I’m dying to say that Paladog manages to redeem itself with some impressively detailed animation and illustrative style. The game indeed possesses a lovely set of characters, each with their own unique design and adorable animations that border on the utterly delightful. The excellent visuals do somewhat make up for the game’s failed attempt at including every upgrade and weapon under the sun, but the pleasant aesthetics cannot make up or the distinctly overcrowded interface, not to mention the need to spend more than a reasonable amount of time levelling up your various features before you have a hope of surviving the more difficult levels. An excellent upgrade-based action title with a few almost-forgivable flaws.

65/100