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There's a decent amount of fun to be had with Earth Wars before a degree of monotony sets in. What starts out as a pretty slick, if straightforward 2D side-scrolling brawler fleshed out by a huge wealth of loot to gather, weapons to customise and skill stats to unlock, It never moves the needle far enough in either variety or innovation to truly hold interest for extended periods. Sure, there's just enough nuance in the combat and giant bosses to slay to you keep coming back, but the uninspired missions and derivative characters never let it realise its full potential.
Earth Wars features some fun moments, such as the boss fights, as well as enjoyable gameplay mechanics. Pity that it doesn't fully live up to its potential, due to rather dull missions, a somewhat generic plot and cutscenes that bring very little to the game itself. These elements end up obscuring the decent gameplay, which ends up harming Earth Wars more than it should.
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Control is smooth and combat is fun, especially the bonuses you get for random things like attacking from behind, destroying enemy shields, etc. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I like the loot/crafting system largely because it happens organically and you're not hunting anything down. Earth Wars is a fun game, well worth the ridiculously cheap price (five bucks). It's not perfect but it's a spirited attempt to imitate Muramasa.
Earth Wars is not particularly creative or brilliant, but it works entirely within its limited means to deliver a comfortable, enjoyable experience.
While Earth Wars isn’t a high concept title the level of quality it manages at its price point still makes it well worth checking out. If you don’t mind grinding away a bit to improve your gear to then take on some slightly tougher enemies and slowly make your way through missions and bosses it can be pretty satisfying. As long as you keep your expectation in check and fair it’s a pretty decent game to kill some time with in handheld mode while doing something else, and I can generally get behind that.