HandyGames is back with another interesting port
HandyGames is building a strong stable of ports on Android, with releases like SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom, Titan Quest, and Battle Chasers: Nightwar, as these are some of the best Android games available. The latest mobile port released by HandyGames is El Hijo – A Wild West Talea non-violent indie stealth game from Honig Studios. The title revolves around a young boy who has embarked on a dangerous quest in the Wild West, all so he can find his lost mother. It’s a familiar, simple setup, and the execution is something to behold, thanks to Spaghetti Western’s sleek frame based on Sergio Leone’s Famous Movies.
You can watch the El Hijo release trailer directly above, and it offers a brief look at what to expect from the game and its story. If you pay close attention, you will notice that the music resembles the compositions of Ennio Morriconean Italian composer who created the iconic sounds found in Sergio Leone’s westerns, such as the Man with No Name trilogy. So the look and sound of El Hijo is pretty clear where their inspirations come from, adding a dose of nostalgia to the game that should appeal to Spaghetti Western lovers.
Of course, El Hijo is a stealth game, and it’s designed around non-violent gameplay. So while there are darker themes, such as your burnt down farmhouse, the way forward is still stealth gameplay without any kills, which means El Hijo is suitable for pretty much any age. It’s a premium game, so you’ll have to shell out $9.99 to get started (the Steam version priced at $19.99for reference), but there are no ads or in-app purchases, which means you get the full game without any of the familiar annoyances of mobile.
As for the controls, the new touch inputs for the mobile version work well, and you also get full controller support if you prefer something a little more tactile than a glass display. Performance is pretty good, with three graphics options ranging from Low to Balanced to Ultra. I pushed the game up to Ultra on my ROG 5, and the framerate held a steady 60FPS. Cloud recording is also included, so you can easily pick up where you left off, even if you switch Android devices.
To me, it’s clear that HandyGames has done a great job of bringing El Hijo to mobile. The game performance is great, the controls work well, and the stealth gameplay is quite enjoyable. You also get an interesting story, fantastic art, and of course, a slick spaghetti western theme that can’t be beat. So, if you are a stealth game fan or if you are a Sergio Leone stan, El Hijo is indeed a mobile port worth checking out.
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