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Shall we Play a Game: Horn

Vincent Messina | On 04, Feb 2013

Shall we Play a Game: Horn

Welcome to Hashtag Android’s second installment of Shall we Play a Game. This is where we’ll showcase some of the great games available on the Google Play store while letting you, the reader, suggest what game(s) we should check out next.

We’re going to try and highlight one game per week (more if we can, less if we can’t) and we plan on trying to stick with paid games since you’re probably more interested in having someone guinea pig a paid game rather than a free game. Since even $0.99 games can eventually take a toll on the ol’ wallet, we’re also going to be giving away free Play credit every week in return for your suggestions.

Our first installment featured Super Hexagon, a graphically minimalistic game of epic rage quite proportions, and now, on the suggestion of Andrew Orr, we’re going to take a look at a graphically intense 3rd person action adventure game called Horn.

Horn

Horn is quite the contrast to our last featured game. It’s anything but minamilistic and puts quite the effort into creating a graphically appealing atmosphere.

The story of Horn starts with a young blacksmith’s apprentice who wakes up to find that a curse has transformed all the village/land inhabitants into large fantastical monsters. He soon finds out that he’s the only one with the power to free them of the curse.

This game will have you exploring beautifully rendered environments, defeating countless enemies with your sword, crossbow and musical horn, all while solving puzzles to undo the curse that plagues your homeland.

Some of the great features of Horn on Android include:

  • Accessible controls that anyone can use- walking, jumping, crawling, even grapple hook, are all performed with intuitive gestures
  • Freely navigable console-quality detailed world- go wherever you want; not confined to limited path or rail
  • A rich and unique fantasy world
  • Touch-friendly melee combat and crossbow style weapons
  • 3 unique and beautiful lands to discover
  • Endlessly escalating challenge modes
  • Hidden side content to discover
  • Score written by award winning Austin Wintory and performed with full live orchestra

Even with the stunning graphics, enthralling story, and epic battles, Horn is not without its caveats.

First of all, Horn is optimized for Tegra 2 and Tegra 3 devices and therefore will not play as intended (or at all) on non-Tegra devices. You’ll also find Horn to be a very large download — almost 2GB to be exact. Make sure you have plenty of available space or you’ll find yourself bogging down your device and looking for apps to delete.

You’ll also find Horn to be a little pricier at $6.99, and given the limited device support, you might not want to chance a purchase before reading through the reviews.

If you want to give Horn a try, be sure to take a quick look at the video below and then follow the Play link for more information.

Get it on Google Play

I’d like to thank Andrew Orr for being our first reader suggested game, we hope more of you will join in on the fun and recommend what game we should check out next.

Don’t forget, there’s $10 in Play credit waiting for the lucky reader whose suggestion we choose. That means, Andrew Orr, we’ll be reaching out to you soon so you can collect your reward and continue your own exploration of great games on Android.

For the rest of you, to add a suggestion, simply leave a comment below or within the comment section of the corresponding post on Google+.

We’ll pick one winner from the suggestions and award them with $10 in Google Play credit.

Now for the bad news. Unfortunately, Google says our Play credit can only be redeemed in the country in which it was purchased and therefore is only available to those living in the US. Hopefully Google will change this policy, but until then, it is what it is.

Can’t wait to see what games you guys suggest next!

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