Eindhoven, The Netherlands - October 26, 2012 - No Monkeys today is pleased to introduce The King vs. Knights, Vikings, Wizards&other Scoundrels 1.0 free for iOS, their retro arcade game that combines classic, single screen, arcade action with the latest HD graphics&animation. Players help the King defend a medieval tower from scoundrels scaling the wall. Wooden kegs are his only weapons, which must be aimed and released so they fall on the primary target and then bounce off to hit other enemy targets. Featuring finely tuned gameplay and ingenious power-ups, it is an ever-changing game of pachinko that grabs the player's anticipation of pinball action and reaction and never lets go.
Jesters are the only members of the mob who can move to evade an oncoming keg, making them difficult targets. Wizards on the ground can protect and boost single attackers by firing violet electrical fields. Also on the ground, archers fire arrows into the tower wall, which deflect oncoming kegs, while flaming arrows deflect and explode. The first to reach the top of the tower climbs over, attacks the King, and throws him over to his death, ending the round. Gold coins and power-ups appear on the screen intermittently, and they can be won by hitting them with a keg.
The realistic game physics of falling kegs bouncing off climbing attackers is enough to capture and hold the player's full attention. However, the designers have integrated an elaborate system of super-scoring power-ups to allow players to compete globally via Game Center for top position on Leaderboards, Achievements, and Challenges. As they accumulate gold coins, tower defenders can unlock power-ups that can be upgraded at increasingly higher costs. Lasting up to 11 shots, power-ups intensify the action and increase the pace of gameplay. Upgradeable power-ups include: a keg-trajectory guide line, explosive kegs, a gold coin magnet, rapid reload of kegs, and conversion of coins into gemstones. Also included are hidden tricks (e.g., kill a Viking with a single hit instead of 4), challenging quests, and special defensive and offensive abilities.
"Great arcade games all have these qualities in common: a simple premise, easy controls, a ladder of increasingly potent power-ups, and fun emergent gameplay," commented Dennis Sijnen of No Monkeys. "Our game is an homage to those classics, now with High Definition graphics and animation plus touch control."
The King vs. Knights, Vikings, Wizards&other Scoundrels 1.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Players may supplement gold coins earned during gameplay via an in-app purchase starting at $0.99 (USD).