What ‘s a Caligo and why am I chasing it? Actually, you know what? That ‘s neither here nor there. The fact of the matter is that Caligo Chaser is an upcoming action arcade game from the popular developer Com2uS (Heavy Gunner, Sniper vs Sniper), and so it ‘s probably worth at least a quick […]
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Preview: Com2uS’ upcoming arcade action title, Caligo Chaser for iPhone

What ‘s a Caligo and why am I chasing it? Actually, you know what? That ‘s neither here nor there. The fact of the matter is that Caligo Chaser is an upcoming action arcade game from the popular developer Com2uS (Heavy Gunner, Sniper vs Sniper), and so it ‘s probably worth at least a quick look if you ‘ve enjoyed any of their previous high octane games.

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Feels like a Port
I ‘ve tried to look this up and haven ‘t found any results yet, but there ‘s something about this new title that feels like a port. This feeling comes from the fact that some of the controls just feel a little awkward: most of the actions are based on this rough approximation of a real d-pad and A-B buttons, but some portions require you to simply tap on the screen to move on. It ‘s often unclear which control method you should be using, and I ‘m hoping this clears up before the final release date ( ‘Coming Soon ‘ ” according to the website).

Solid side scrolling action
When I first saw Caligo Chaser I thought it would be one of those games I ‘d play for about 20 minutes and then write a quick news post about. Those 20 minutes turned into about an hour and a half of hacking, slashing, and dashing.

For the most part, Caligo Chaser is like a 2D version of Diablo: run to town for quests to kill monsters X and Y, buy new weapons and powers, and then run back out to the forest and whack some bad guys. I make it sound as if it ‘s routine, but the animations and sound effects make sure it ‘s a lot of fun.

You ‘ve got a basic attack with your sword and charge attack for your gauntlet, resurrection scrolls and potions to save you some trips back to town, and action that plays out a lot like the old X-men and Predator arcade games. You move your Private Knight (PK for short) around a 2D environment until you ‘re on the same plane as an enemy, hit all of the enemies in the face until they ‘re dead, and then move onto the next phase of the level. It really does play out like a lot of arcade games, but without the hassle of refilling the machine with quarters.

Conclusion
I would probably have been happy enough with Caligo Chaser if it stuck to straight-forward action, but the extra effort taken to make this a bit more of an RPG experience (especially with regards to the detailed character art) is interesting. However, the core experience here is still about killing, looting, levelling, and repeating ” and if you ‘re craving some of this classic action, then stay tuned for Caligo Chaser ‘s release sometime this Spring.

A beta copy of Caligo Chaser was provided by Com2uS for review on Just Another iPhone Blog. For further information regarding our site’s review policies, please see the “About” page.

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