Review – The Battle For The Hut
Sometimes a video game can be just a bit of fun, it doesn’t always have to be about beating other players or padding a score. A game doesn’t always have to consume all your free time for the next month to be considered fun. That’s where The Battle for the Hut finds itself a fun game, but not a time sink.
The Battle for the Hut is a time killer worthy of the name
The game itself follows a simple premise, you’re a lone hero who must defend the town gates from a horde of monsters. At the top of the hut resides the hero who rains death down on the monsters, in the form of arrows and spells. As you progress through the game as you’d expect you can upgrade your weapons and spells.
Upgrades are tied to how well you do in the individual levels, as well as your own player level. You can earn up to three stars on a level depending on how well you perform. You’ll need to perform well on most stages to unlock all the upgrades in the game. As you play through the stages you’ll also earn gold, which you can use to purchase perks at the start of a level.
One of the things I liked most about the game is how simple the controls are. All you need to play the game is a mouse, you move the cursor to change where the hero shoots, and you simply click on spells and arrows that you want to use.
Another element of the game that I liked was how the enemies would attempt to siege the gate. Normally in a tower defense game, the enemies come in waves, once a wave is defeated another wave will take its place. In The Battle for the Hut, levels don’t employ waves, so much as a staggered assault. This allows for a lot of enemies on the screen at once, and if you’re not careful they’ll overwhelm you.
The game is a great way to kill time, which can be a nice change of pace if you’ve been playing something time-consuming. You can play levels as many times as you want to once you’ve cleared them. This also applies to boss battles which as it turns out is a great way to earn experience and gold.
The not so good
The game is very short, consisting of only 13 stages this includes two boss fights. Once you get going it won’t take long for you to beat the game. While this shortness is balanced out by the fact that you can replay stages. It doesn’t help that the stages are quick to become repetitive, this hurts the replay value that the developer was hoping to add to the game.
Aside from the game being short, the stages themselves are short as well. A stage ends once you kill all the enemies, this becomes easier as the game progresses making the stages go by rather quickly. This also applies to the boss battles in the game as well, of which there are only two, neither of which are very memorable.
To top that off there’s no endgame boss or anything signaling the end of the game. I personally felt that this was a bad decision on the part of the developer.
Another annoyance is the number of Steam achievements that the game has. These amount to nothing more than how many arrows that you’ve shot, while this wouldn’t normally be a problem the constant stream of achievements blocks out part of your magic bar. Making it difficult to cast magic and to see if a spell is off cooldown. This is a problem until to unlock all the games achievements.
My biggest problem with the game comes in the form of the text-based portions of the game. At times when the game needs to explain something it naturally does this through text. Problem is the text is badly written, words are left out, sometimes the text cuts out, while other times it’s difficult to read. This truly detracts from the game and could be a turn-off, especially if you’ve never played this type of game before and are counting on the tutorial to explain things.
Until next time
The Battle for the Hut works well as a time killer, but it’s not without its faults. It’s not a tower defense game in the traditional sense, but what it is, is less important than how it plays. It’s doesn’t reinvent the wheel when it comes to defense games, it does work as a great time killer. With a regular price tag of $2.99, you may wish to pick the game up while it’s on sale for $1.79, as $2.99 may be a bit too pricey for some gamers considering how short the game is.
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