A surprise find at this year’s PLAY NYC, and a game that had completely slipped my notice up until then was Justice Royale. Now, you may be having the same initial though it did: “Royale? Do we really need another Battleground/Fortnite?!”
Worry not! Justice Royale is not a Battle Royale game, but is a gesture based adventure brawler. What does gesture based mean? Well, I am glad you asked!
Swipe and tap your way through out the city, battling reckless bicyclists, oblivious tourists, dangerous subway performers and much more. Customize your hero by learning different skills and changing your appearance. The city is depending on you to bring justice and balance to these mean streets, can you answer the call?
Justice Royale uses the gestures you make on the touch screen to execute your attacks. You control movement on the left side of the screen, but your attacks come from the movements you make on the right side of the screen. Simple quick taps make you execute jab punches. Short swipes up will make your character throw an uppercut, while longer swipes will make you execute a “jumpercut”. Left and right swipes will see you rolling about the streets to avoid attacks.
The system is simple and intuitive to understand and, most importantly, it works. I’ve always had trouble with swipe controls on tablets and phones: they just don’t seem to agree with my conductivity or what ever it is that makes these marvels of modern tech work. However, when I played Justice Royale at Play NYC… it just plain worked, and worked every time. There’s something to be said to making a simple, understandable system that works flawlessly.
Justice Royale also has a fantastic artistic direction to boot. It’s cartoons, evocative and colorful, and combined with fantastic synth-y music, it’s steeped in a kind of 80’s nostalgia, and feels very nostalgic itself, like something I’d see at an old arcade.
All this is only made better when you read Zapling’s Studios story: “The team spent the last two years prototyping and refining the control scheme, pushing to make Justice Royale an exciting experience for mobile devices. They love playing games with core systems that are easy to learn and take time to master. With Justice Royale, the team feels they created a game that is fun and easy to pick up, but also challenging and rewarding.” I’ve got great respect for a team taking the time to make something the right way, so kudos to you Zapling Studios.
Justice Royale is now available for free on iOS devices.