With a subtitle like “The Next Generation Slicing Game,” KingHunt invites comparison to other titles in this done-to-death genre. Most slicing games — the definitive example being Halfbrick’s Fruit Ninja — are ostensibly endless: you’re free to keep playing as long as possible without failing. KingHunt’s hook is that it features all of the trappings of more traditional action games, like power-ups, life bars, distinct levels, and enemy bosses — but it lacks the timing and restraint to keep from feeling mindlessly chaotic.
Big-name spinoffs lead the App Store’s charge into December, with Assassin’s Creed Pirates and Heroes of Dragon Age delivering a taste of their respective console and PC siblings on iOS, though new games like Band Stars and KingHunt look to provide intriguing spins on popular mobile formulas. And the iOS launch of Telltale’s The Wolf of Us episodic adventure series is definitely one to look into, considering its strong Mac start recently.