Ah, the golden age of pulp fantasy. When men were men, women were women, and gigantic, toothy, screaming monsters were everywhere. New iOS pilgrim God of Blades takes its inspiration from the muscle-bound heroes from Cimmeria, slaps them on a two-dimensional endless runner background, and throws in more swords, axes, and clubs with a nail on the end than any undead warrior could ever need.

The gameplay in God of Blades is a mix of endless runner platformers and the gesture-based fighters typified by Blood & Glory. Swipe up or down for corresponding slashes, right for a quick thrust, or backwards for a parry. Special attacks can be activated as well, and you'll have to time all your attacks to keep the player's groove going. Get it just right, and your opponent will be slung across the landscape like a rag doll in a hide thong. Naturally, there's a ton of unlockable weapons to boot.

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Dedicated touches to the pulp greats abound, from the look and feel of the 3D characters and 2D background to the mock book covers presented before every level. There's a story there, sure enough, but it isn't anything to write home about - you're an undead king who runs across the plain to slay the great evil of yadda, yadda. When you've played through the main campaign, Endless Mode should keep your bloodthirst slaked for as long as you like. God of Blades is a buck to download, and compatible with Android 2.3 and later.

God of Blades
God of Blades
Developer: White Whale Games
Price: Free