Friday, February 27, 2015

Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect - App Review

Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect app for Apple iOS aims to be an immersive interactive game of epic proportions. Ok, well maybe it doesn’t achieve epic, but a solidly indie film vibe, complete with naughty language sure to make immature juveniles snark mischievously. Make selections that drive the plot forward and engage in nominal play to keep things interesting. This one is only mildly entertaining as a game, but as an interactive graphics novel, it’s actually pretty great. (continued)

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Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect presents in landscape mode to reveal a street thug plot that responds to the choices you make to deliver a slightly different version of the same game each time you play it. As the story goes, daddy was a bad, bad man, but did good enough to sock away some cash for his son to go to trade school and dig his way out of a dead end trajectory. Only problem is, dear old dad is dying of cancer and sonny boy spent some of his tuition stash on rent and electric bills to keep his dad’s medical gizmos up and running. Rent is due, your deadbeat brother wants to borrow dad’s gun, and you’re at the end of your rope with nothing but bad options to choose from. What will you do? What happens next? Well, the plot lies in your hands, my gaming friends, so choose wisely or die thusly.

The controls use basic screen pokes and touches to make selections and complete various seek and find missions. The graphics go for a sorta watercolor animation that gives the whole thing a very artsy look that’s pleasing to the eye. I loved how graphic and iconic it all felt. The animation is mostly smooth but does have some motion jitters and awkward body movements, but that’s just nitpicking. The sounds feature decent spoken dialog that occasionally sounds wooden and stilted, but I enjoyed the fully developed soundscape that certainly upped the enjoyment of play.  

Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect app for Apple iOS is a quality game throughout, and even though the story doesn’t change drastically no matter the choices you make, it’s all still quite inventive and expertly done. This one will entertain you a good while, especially if you’re curious enough to try playing different versions of it, just for fun.  A final note: this game has offensive language, homophobic slurs and a violent plot, so player beware.


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