The hit Hollywood blockbuster based on the Marvel comic hammers its
way onto the Nintendo 3DS which places the gamer in the shoes of
Asgard's very ownThor, the god of Thunder! Loosely based on
the movie with the same name, players must engage in an almost God
of War epic as they smash their way through an almost never ending
line of enemies.
Even though the story definitely takes a back seat in this game,
thankfully the relatively "safe" gameplay allows you to soldier on.
Thor - God of Thunder is not the most original game in the world but
if you're looking for a relatively mindless button masher, then
you've come to the right place. 3D even works well which is a bonus.
mentioned, the game is reminiscent of the God of War series but
opposed to the god killer Kratos, gamers control Thor who is once
again being unwittingly dragged along by his brother Loki.
The control system on the 3DS works well enough as you use the
circle pad to move the character around with the face buttons
(X, Y, A & B) used to engage in the enemies, the environment and to
jump around. Apart from walking around, Thor can also dodge and
perform a hammer dash to not only move faster but damage any enemies
in his way. Your normal attacks include quick attacks and power
attacks such as sweep and uppercut.
you do progress in Thor, this opens up a variety of upgrades for
Thor which in turn create more powerful attacks. By collecting
runes, these allow you to perform these special attacks. You can
even unlock some new Thor costumes that are taken directly from the
Marvel comics as another incentive to keep on fighting.
Enemies at first are quite lacklustre in the game as you fight way
through too many Frost Giants with the highlight being the
occasional boss battle. Fortunately as you progress, you do explore
new worlds that include other enemies such as Trolls and creatures
from Norse mythology. For comic geeks, you can even battle Ulik,
Ymir and Surtur. Thor does have a health bar and by defeating
enemies, they drop orbs which when collected are used to replenish
your health and fortunately there are plenty of save points along
Combat generally revolves around the Mjölnir, the hammer of Thor
which can be used as a melee or ranged weapon. The Mjölnir can also
be used as a shield when Thor spins it around at high speed that can
also reflect projectiles.
Every now and then, depending on how many runes you've collected,
Thor can unleash a powerful attack on his enemies and this is simply
achieved by pressing the touch screen and selecting one of your
special attacks. His special attacks are based on the elements that
include thunder, lighting and wind which look graphically quite
Certain fights will also require you to perform some quick time
event such as pushing the right shoulder button, down on the d-pad
and then Y. If you fail to pull off one of these moves, you
basically need to knock down your enemies health again and try
again. The only tricky aspect of the gameplay was the relatively
fixed camera angle that sometimes got in the way, especially when
you were backtracking. As you can see, the gameplay doesn't break
any moulds but ironically, it's good old fashioned button mashing
Graphically, the title looks decent on the 3DS and some of the 3D
effects really jump out of you. The special effects are a treat and
most of the characters are well animated. It's just a shame that
some of the camera angles get in the way and at times, the
characters look a little small, depending on which level you are
playing. Music is forgettable but the voice acting is actually quit
decent for a movie based game as are the sound effects.
you're looking for something non-draining on the brain than Thor -
God of Thunder offers 3DS gamers a fun yet ultimately forgettable
journey for this ancient god.