I feel like I should make a confession before I go any further with this review: I like nerdy stuff. I like Dungeons and Dragons. I like World of Warcraft. I’ve played more computer Role Playing Games than I can remember. All of that taken together means one thing: I’m pretty much the target audience for Godville.
As games go, there’s not a whole lot of gameplay here. You create a god who has a single, solitary worshipper in the shape of your hero. Your hero (who you get to name and everything) goes about his business with pretty much no help from you whatsoever. His trials and travails are related to you in droll, witty little one-liners with no graphical component at all. Your influence over your hero is very slim, and pretty well relegated to pushing the “encourage” or “punish” buttons when you feel the need, or hitting “resurrect” button when he’s killed on his adventures. You can send “Voice of God” messages directly to you hero, but he often ignores, misinterprets, or just doens’t understand them.
Sounds pretty lame, right?
It should be, but somehow, it’s been on my phone for weeks, and I check it obsessively!
The vicarious pleasures of watching your hero kill monsters with bad pun names and acquire items that are beyond ridiculous has way more appeal than I could’ve imagined. This game won’t be for everyone, and really if you’re not steeped in geek I’d steer clear.
That being said, it’s a fun little low-impact app that lets you look into a silly fantasy world, see how your hero is progressing, and maybe get a quick chuckle, all in a time investment of less than a minute.
Tested on: Android/HTC Incredible