Once upon a time in the vastness of space, an evil space pirate named Iron Beard amassed a large fortune of loot and hid it away somewhere in the galaxy. Now treasure hunters from every corner of the galaxy are off searching for the loot in the hope they can make their fortune. You are one of these pirate treasure hunters and with your ship armed with weapons, crew and equipment you are off to fight foes, capture planets, claim loot and find that treasure.
The basic premise of Plundernauts resembles a simple role playing game. As a pirate space-captain you start off with a rather unimpressive spaceship with limited weapons and not much idea of what to do. You are lucky that you have a space parrot which does offer you some guidance, but in essence the game boils down to drawing flight paths for your ship, telling it who to attack and activating special moves.
Progression through the game is as simple as selecting the next planet in the line to attack — sometimes you have two or three options — then assaulting the ships guarding it. With victory you claim bounty and plunder and move on to the next planet. At the end of each level there is a wormhole which takes you on to the next stage.
This isn’t a particularly difficult game in terms of controls, especially in the early stages. The combat in latter stages of Plundernauts can be a little challenging, especially when you have two enemy vessels moving to avoid your fire and you don’t have the firing range or arc to hit them.
Plundernauts has a certain elegance to it despite the cartoonish graphics. The ship movements look perfect and the combat seems real enough. The rewards are also fair. You won’t spend ages fighting dozens of bad guys to earn your rewards as they can be earned very quickly.
Part of the strategy for success is to ensure your ship is kitted out right. For this there are an almost unlimited number of combinations of weapons, defenses, crew and other equipment. This makes the game instantly re-playable.
It is hard to find any negatives about the game itself. Plundernaut’s dependency on an internet connection is a drawback but other than that the game is smooth and simple to follow. I would say one of the biggest problems is that too many people have now gone into the game and either hacked it to make it easier or released guides on how to complete the campaign. I would personally stay away from these, but I can see others downloading them.
There is also the method of gaining extra goodies for your ship through in-game apps. The idea is very similar to other games with some in-game purchases costing as little as $0.99 and others being significantly more at $20. You don’t need these to win the game, but they certainly make the game a lot easier.
In all, Plundernauts is a game which I must recommend. The space battles you fight in are good and there are a number of battles which are really engaging. Yes the in-app purchases are too expensive and the fact that players are trying to hack the game and ruin it are not good points, but for most players these faults can be ignored and you can enjoy your game play for months to come.
Plundernauts Review: Only Jack Sparrow Wannabes Need Apply
+Excellent game play with easy controls so that anyone can pick up and enjoy.
+Sound and graphics are a treat for the player.
+A well thought-out storyline to engage audiences.
-In app purchases can be very expensive.
-Internet connection is essential to play.