Sometimes you just feel like clobbering some demons. But swords are so Middle Ages, and axes are cool, but make such a mess, so you decide to try a bow for a change. And then you're off to rid the world of some underworld overlords in Barons Gate, an action RPG by Dragosha Games. On your heroic journey, you'll use the [arrow] keys to move, left click to pick up items and shoot, and [E] and [Q] to switch between weapons.
Each time you finish a stage, you'll be brought back to the camp, where you can buy everything from better bows to potions and armour. Money is obtained by killing bad guys and opening chests, but you'll have to wait a good while before being able to buy the ultimate demon-defeating bling. Using the bow might actually take some getting used to – as easy as it is to just point and shoot, most enemies will still take more damage if you aim for the head. Also, switches that open doors or move platforms are often out of the little hero's reach, so he'll have to shoot at them. This can gets tricky, since some of them are actually off-screen, so you'll have to aim carefully: the farther your cursor is from the hero, the stronger and higher the arrow will fly. But worry not, this is the only gameplay aspect which isn't completely straightforward; everything else plays like a good old hack-and-slash or, in this case, shoot-and-shoot-some-more.
Barons Gate isn't perfect, so it's possible to come across a glitch or two. This is especially true of enemies, who can get uncomfortably stuck to a wall or between boxes. But, ghouls' aversion to architecture aside, the mechanics tend to do what it says on the tin. As for the graphics, the game looks very pretty indeed. Each level has its own striking palette of background colours, which add vibrancy to the otherwise sombre dungeons. The levels are populated with a decent number of different enemies, though they won't pose a huge challenge in the normal difficulty. Heroic mode is a different story, with ever-spawning baddies as far as the eye can see, which can get a tad overwhelming. But Barons Gate is addictive enough to make you want to press on, so shine your helmet, sharpen your arrows and show 'em who's boss.