Review Circle King
An endless game not afraid of stepping on your toes
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 07 Apr 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Great aesthetic, simple controls
Gameplay is too repetitive, unlocks are expensive
One of the keys to balancing a good endless game is having an interesting reward system coupled with a way to unlock it within a reasonable time frame. Circle King for Android is a game that struggles to find that balance.
I’ve played a lot of games very similar to this and while some aspects of the game looks unique, it all ends up playing the exact same. In this instance we’re an avatar that endlessly circumnavigates a sphere. The first time you go around there are a few obstacles blocking your way. If you tap on the screen then it will essentially throw the object in the air. You’ve gotta make sure you tap at a point that allows you to clear the obstacle before it drops back down on your face.
The further you get in the game the more obstacles appear and the more hectic things become. After a while I found the whole thing pretty repetitive. You’ll eventually hit a wall where getting better is a crawl so you’ll find yourself playing the same content over and over again. This is typically where a good reward system keeps players committed, but it takes an incredible amount of time to grind out enough “currency” to actually unlock anything. At the end of the day I just found myself losing interest.
Circle King is a good entry into the genre but doesn’t balance gameplay and reward well enough to keep players invested in the long run.