(SNAPP Reviews aren’t really full-fledged game reviews as much as they are just a way for us to give you a quick “heads-up” on whether a game is good or not. It usually means that we haven’t finished the game yet, but have played a good enough chunk to know if it’s worth your time/money.)
Valkyrie: Battle of Asgard is a……hmm. How do I describe this. It’s a wave-based “King of the Hill” style game by indie developer, Jeffery Yen of WatermarkRPG. You play as a lone Valkyrie as you try to defend yourself and Asgard from an almost endless onslaught of enemies. Controls are easy with a v-stick to move and an attack button. Later on, you’ll unlock skills that you can use with additional buttons. Even though the fighting is simplistic, there’s actually some strategy involved. Enemies will block you with their shields forcing you to get creative. Sometimes you’ll need to sneak up on them, other times you’ll have to wait for an opening. It was a pleasant surprise for me. You can collect gems that can be used for upgrading skills and buying swords. There’s also “blessings” that you can unlock by completing missions. Valkyrie: BoA is far from perfect. It can be tedious, grindy, and earning gems can take forever. Still, there’s a lot of charm in this little game. With all the big releases happening on the App Store, don’t let this little gem get overlooked.