BSB-incubated Tiny Mogul Games launches Shiva in a sideways swipe runner game

22nd Aug 2013
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After Hoppr and Hike, BSB-incubatee Tiny Mogul Games has launched its runner game, Shiva, which it announced a few weeks back. The game sees Shiva, the protagonist of the game, involving in a sideways swipe runner game, where you have to help him avoid obstacles, and use the assortment of weapons available at your disposal to defeat an assortment of creatures that you encounter at various levels.


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There is a game currency, which you can collect as you run in the game and this powers a rewind mechanism. Every time you're hit by an enemy or mistime a jump, you can hold this mechanism which will rewind back in time and upon releasing the button you can go back to playing the game real time again.

I've played the game for a little while and quite honestly it's quite addicting. The game itself runs pretty flawlessly on mid-ranged android devices. You should definitely give it a try.

Pros and cons

The design of the characters is a little weird, as this is the first time that I've seen Shiva with green hair (has very vague resemblance to a Dragonball Z character). Secondly, as a god, I expected Shiva to have a lot more power, but there will be instances where robots and tribal men with a hammer can kill you. Also, in all my interpretations of Shiva, I have never imagined him carrying a bazooka, but this game has it. Jokes apart, the design and aesthetics department definitely needs some looking into.

The controls of the game are different as well. The game plays on landscape mode and tapping on the left hand side of the screen makes the character jump and tapping on the right makes him use the weapon. This takes some getting used to. Adding to this confusion is that the weapon choice is also on the bottom half of the right screen, which causes Shiva to suddenly switch weapons.

All said and done, we have to understand that India doesn't have a rich history of gaming and it shows in the game's design. The game play, however, is addicting and you should give it a shot.

Download the Shiva game here.

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