Kind Against the Wicked (PC)

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Graphics: 8.50
Sound: 8.00
Gameplay: 9.00
Replays: 8.50

Kind Against the Wicked is one of the most oddly calming games I’ve played recently. Independently developed and released by Thirsty Monkey Games, KATW is a hybrid action/puzzle game with a very interesting premise. Players choose to be good or evil and either protect all of the various life forms around star systems or completely annihilate them.

Right from the beginning, players create a ship and choose whether to follow the path of good or evil. Multiple ships can be created, so it is possible to experiment with both good and evil throughout the course of the game. The game contains over a hundred unique star systems, ensuring that you won’t be finished with it too soon. As a good ship, players will be tasked with exploring the planets of each star system and protecting the organisms on those planets. Being evil gives you the exact opposite goal as you are then tasked with destroying every life form you can possibly find. Along the way, upgrades can be earned for your ship depending on how many creatures you have either helped or eliminated. Even with so much to do the pace of Kind Against the Wicked is very laid back, and also the type of the game you can play in quick bursts.

Music in the game perfectly fits the laid back feeling of the game. It is very mellow but also fits the space theme. Graphically the game is very striking as well, as many of the planets are bursting with color and there are a ton of different life forms to look at and interact with. The interface is also well designed as all of your ship’s items are displayed at the top and the planets are viewed through what almost seems like a television screen. This is a very slick presentation, and it works quite well. Although at times I would like the option to increase the screen size for the planetary view just a little, but this isn’t a major issue.

Although essentially all you have to do is click the mouse on the screen, you will have to decide which weapon or gadget you wish to use. Evil ships get a plethora of sinister weapons to use against life forms, such as flame beams, while good ones get items such as the protective bubble and the beam that makes the life forms mate, creating more. But be careful, as opponent AI ships will attempt to either protect or destroy life forms as you are trying to do the opposite, and they are pretty good at it.

Kind Against the Wicked is simple yet addictive. It’s a unique idea that works quite well and should hold your interest for a good time to come. The game is also one of the better indie games to come out in recent months, as it truly tries something unique, rather than trying to be the next great BreakOut or Space Invaders clone. Kudos to Thirsty Monkey for an engaging experience.

http://www.kindagainstthewicked.com/

Overall Rating: 8.50

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