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Archery King Review

Archery King Review

I aim at a target 50 meters away, pulling the bowstring close to my cheek. I carefully watch the drift of my bow across the screen, letting the string loose at the right moment and sending an arrow sailing straight into the middle of the target -- 10 points. Seconds later, my opponent, Brian from Canada, fires his shot -- four points, hitting only the outer circles and almost missing the target entirely. Thing is, this is the eighth player in a row to play laughably bad, and the eighth person in a row to only score between one and four points every shot. Those players may not be people after all.

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Most players in this game are in fact Canadian robots.

Archery King is a nice game. It has a classic kids game atmosphere to its sport simulation, with bright colours, badly composed inspirational music, and easy-to-the-point-of-oversimplification game mechanics -- the kind of sports games that Sega and Nintendo published in years past. You hold the bottom of the screen to pull the bowstring back, and slide your finger across the screen to get the bow moving. The bow starts drifting across the screen, and you must fight the inertia and let your finger go at the right moment to let the arrow fly where you are aiming. This mechanic never gets more complicated, but the higher level matches do get harder with wind affecting your shots and targets being placed further and further away on the range. It comes to a point that your skills won’t suffice anymore, as the target becomes pretty much indistinguishable on a small smartphone screen and the wind starts to veer your arrows off course like the gods hold a grudge against you. To appease said gods, you must engage in the time honoured tradition of capitalism, and that’s where microtransactions come in -- the first tier of equipment can be bought with in-game money, but anything above that is classified as premium and requires real world cash. Said gear includes essential items such as zoom sights and faster arrows, so the progression in the game is effectively locked behind paywalls as you get to the higher tiers.

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Hundreds of combinations, and thousands of dollars in microtransactions.

Technically, Archery King runs fine and I have not experienced difficulties, although it should be noted Play Store reviews are packed with complaints regarding the game failing to launch. The graphics are simple and bright, with basic geometry and flat textures in everything from gear to backgrounds. Antialiasing is non-existent, creating a very unsightly view on the equipment store where all the bows show up as jagged shapes until you zoom in on the models. Sound effects are functional, with uninspired sounds for arrow’s flight and landing and a narrator that sounds like an overly excited car salesman. The music is abysmal, being cheery and ordinary to the point of annoyance. Overall, the game’s production values aren’t high, something clearly demonstrated on the early 00’s Nintendo inspired UI.

Unfortunately, Archery King is ruined by a gambling system that goes against every other facet of the game. All pretence of casual lighthearted fun is thrown out the window when you realise one can only make money by playing multiplayer, and the game doubles down on that decision with the lack of a straightforward single player mode. However, the multiplayer matches require a “fee” to enter, ranging from 500 to 4,000,000 -- meaning if you lose, you can lose all your accrued money and will need to start from zero.

The fact that many multiplayer opponents are not necessarily humans makes matters even worse. In my tests, I was matched repeatedly against players from Canada, which is odd considering I’m from London, in the UK. Said canadian players all scored between one and four points per shot on lower levels, two to six points on medium tournaments, and start to one shot the bullseye on higher difficulties with nary a miss. That is tragically comical, as it straight up robs players while being so transparently an AI routine. The undue focus on funds and multiplayer ruins what would otherwise be a very promising, fun game.

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Ah, Delilah, you robotic nonexistent bitch.

Archery King is what would happen if a Wii Sports minigame added microtransactions and was released as a standalone mobile title -- an extremely basic premise coupled with simple gameplay and tied together in a bright, cheerful artstyle. Unfortunately, low production values and a very aggressive in-app purchases model dooms what would otherwise be a very enjoyable, casual game. Spend your time and money elsewhere.

3.50/10 3½

Archery King (Reviewed on Android)

The game is unenjoyable, but it works.

Cookie cutter money-sink that perpetuates the cycle of bad games with lofty microtransactions.

This game was supplied by the publisher or relevant PR company for the purposes of review
Marcello Perricone

Marcello Perricone

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COMMENTS

John P Koziol
John P Koziol - 07:59am, 13th March 2017

The whole f****** reason I came to this page what's the check complaints because I noticed and after I get a good running going that I get pitted against people that are just a series of numbers from Canada Israel Ireland and no matter what I shoot it matches my shot shot for shot period And as I tried to increase my speed it increases it to keep the point system ahead of mine regardless. Obviously I controls which is b******* and Rob's the player of the money they earn the developers of archery King should be ashamed of themselves

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DCello
DCello - 05:25pm, 20th March 2017 Author

The game does seem to be quite inclined to force microtransactions upon its players, which is a shame.

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Rob
Rob - 07:23am, 8th August 2017

That's the same reason I'm here. When I started the game, it was super easy, I won every time, but I noticed that once the AI or whatever it is figured out how good I was, I started getting rekd every time. Just like you said, matching me shot for shot, and I can't get anywhere. The game is pretty fun but just continuously struggling to keep 1000 coins in my "account" sucks. I want to be able to progress and try new equipment, but I just find myself pissed off. I'm deleting the game now.

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Tom
Tom - 01:59am, 18th March 2017

I've been playing this game since it came out. And it was great for a little bit. Right now I'm level 70 and I've never cheated ever why would you want to! Anyways the longer I play the more I notice there's players out there that have the same equipment as I. Now it took me a very very long time to acquire. I find it simply bull that's someone can just go on and purchase the same equipment. But I guess that's what money is for right my main concern is that what the guy was saying before me about being matched shot-for-shot for shot for shots by a level 13 doesn't make sense does it and what the hell does it take so long for an opponent to load up sometimes I can wait two three four minutes that's ridiculous also the constantly changing distances say like in round two instead of 2.0 it's been changed to 1.7 or so understandably you want to keep changing it up to keep people on their toes I don't know there's just so many things that keep being changed or are too easy accessible for cheaters to ruin it for us regular players we're on the verge of quitting I know few people already who have and I I've been thinking the same for close to a week now. Maybe the people that agree with me if we all stop playing for 6 days it might make a difference then again LOL I'm sure there's a thousand more suckers out there that will just join up. So n closing stop letting people hack and if you want to change things up like distances well that's fine and maybe stop letting level 13 go shot-for-shot with level 70 what is it a computer or what LOL it takes the fun right out of it I don't understand there's plenty of us at that high of a level that can play each other I'm just rambling on so whatever keep it up probably don't read any of them anyways you might take notice when everybody stops playing the game. Tom

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Tom
Tom - 02:09am, 18th March 2017

Hi Tom again. So I've been reading some other comments I'm from Canada and I have a number just so you know I'm not a robot LOL. Also one point in time when I had just under a million dollars the game wouldn't let me play anything lesser than $500,000 or one I had over $100,000 it won't let me play say a $10,000 game or a $50,000 game for warm up. It's nice to get a game or two and before I start playing for real money. So what the hell is that all about. Now I'm forced to play game I don't want to play. I don't know I'm sure I'll think of something else too later

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Tom
Tom - 03:58am, 18th March 2017

Yeah so I am going to quit right after this message. I have five bows and for scopes and just under 1 million dollars. Also a variety of arrows $5 as opposed to a $900,000 -11 wind speed. But it doesn't mean s*** I'm level 71 I'm shooting perfect bull's-eyes and so are level 910 15 20 doesn't matter this game is b******* now used to be great I think I'll go play pool later everybody maybe you should think about it too still just wasting your time I got better things to do with mine then play this game

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DCello
DCello - 05:28pm, 20th March 2017 Author

Hey Tom! You surely put effort into these comments! =P

Yeah, unfortunately, it doesn't seem like the developers care about this game -- it feels like a cash grab meant to push as many microtransactions as possible with the least amount of effort. If you want a game with real balance, I'm afraid you need to look somewhere else.

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Ronnie
Ronnie - 03:03pm, 18th March 2017

Have played this game for awhile now and was enjoying the competition, trying to keep the spending down. But what ticks me off is after this new upgrade, trying to shoot with any precision for competition is like a joke. Like Tom said I am quitting. I consider myself a pretty good shot, but it's a joke now. I have gotten so pissed off blood pressure out the roof, and a lot more I want mention! I wrote to mini clip, and all I got was a form letter saying don't write back that it will make the process longer to be resolved.! What's that all about? I take what ever I do serious, but this has turned into a joke! Was shooting for fun, then one day they say your on this league. I thought ok this will challenge me, and now after the new update, its a joke. Going to stop rambling now, want do any good except get me more pissed off. By Archery King!!

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DCello
DCello - 05:28pm, 20th March 2017 Author

If a game bothers you this much, is always better to step away from it, if even for a while. It's not worth wasting your peace of mind over a video game. =)

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Nilesh
Nilesh - 03:16pm, 17th June 2017

I want to know how peoples using such equipments which are not in the store nor in premium segment, than from where they are bringing theses things, how quickly they are shooting bulls eye in 110 ft distance level 4 game, with wind 2.5 , i cant understand, the hanging and connectivity problem is another issue,

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rana dey
rana dey - 02:28pm, 8th September 2017

Name:wilberd......ID: 34631724......no: (60)...this pleyer hacked this game... please check.....and clear yours sistem problem.....thank you...

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