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Kivi's Underworld Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Games32 has published a new review of Soldak Entertainment's casual action RPG, Kivi's Underworld. In Kivi's Underworld players adventure as one of 20 character classes against a variety of dangerous foes. Games32 gave the game a score of 80 out of 100.

From the review:

The high number of playable heroes might scare off casual players, but Kivi's Underworld is very simple to play, no matter the hero. An active skill, used when right clicking, and a passive ability that's always on, are all the skills that you'll have to manage during the game; besides walking and attacking, of course. Playable characters include warriors, blade masters, barbarians, mages, warlocks, priests and rogues. As I played through the game I found the blade master to be the easiest to use, having both an AOE skill as well as a fast attack. Mages are damaging enough but most suffer from the lack of AOE, and when 10 monsters attack you from all directions, you'll have a hard time killing them one by one.

Death isn't as big a deal in Kivi's Underworld as it is in other games, since you usually have 2 or 3 lives per level. Of course, dying will subtract a big chunk of your score at the end of the level, and that's not such a good thing. You might be wondering why finishing a level with a high score is so important. First of all, you have no XP in Kivi's Underworld. Yes, that's right, you will receive no experience points as the game progresses, so that leads us to the next logical question. How do I improve my character? The high score comes into play here, and depending on your score, you will receive a trophy at the end of each level, trophies that add skill points to your character. The bronze trophy is the easiest to obtain and offers a measly skill point, the silver one offers two points, whereas the gold trophy offers three of the so-important points.

Everything you do during a mission adds to your total score, even obtaining first blood, for example. Collecting different types of gems, getting a killing spree or even smashing a lot of crates in a short period of time will reward you with a higher score. You can get up to 50% more score if you don't die during a mission, kill all the monsters and find all the secrets. Getting a gold trophy in every mission guarantees that your characters will have no trouble what so ever in completing the missions.
Check out the site listed below for the full review.

Gamers32: Kivi's Underworld Review
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Kivi's Underworld

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