I wanna kill the troll king

Creator: MattinJ

Average Rating
8.9 / 10
Average Difficulty
49.3 / 100
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37 Reviews:

A fantastic non-linear adventure game that actually looks and plays like a true fangame. The production value is top tier, and you can see the references and influences of various other games sprinkled all over the game and its bosses. As the name implies, expect trolls and traps, but not an overbearing amount of them, and presented in a creative enough way to always feel interesting and funny at times.

The game features a bunch of island stages that can be tackled in any order, and each contains an optional path that gives a reward that pays off in the final stage. Each island has it's own mini fast-travel system to make backtracking effortless. The various rooms keep offering fresh ideas and gimmicks so that platforming never feels dull, and the bosses are pretty fair, many of which offer tells on attacks with instagib potential. The final boss is a bit tougher than the others, as it should be, but still remains a fairly balanced fight especially if you have the reward for clearing the extra paths.

This game reminds us of what fangames could and should look like and gives a compelling reason to want to play fangames in a meta of soulless needle games.

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Tagged as: Adventure Trap Gimmick Boss
[9] Likes
Rating: 10.0 100       Difficulty: 50 50
May 2, 2018
Definitely a good game. Insane production values on bosses and there's constant variety to the platforming which makes it impossible to get bored. The fact some gimmicks are introduced for just one or two saves is a real testament to the sheer variety on display in this game. The good far outweighs the bad, but I think the bad is worth noting.

-Some screens are so heavily cycle based that you just repeat the save mindlessly until you memorize the exact order of moves to make to eave through a bullet hell, which isn't very engaging. The save where bullets go up and then sway horizontally as they come down is an example of this.
-Each boss has a strict pattern it follows, doing each move in a particular order that never changes. I find this to be very boring in pretty much any game. You'll play through the first move of each boss way way more than the last move, which I think is a downgrade from Overlord, where at the very least you'd experience each move a roughly equivalent amount of times for most bosses.
-The RNG of the moves themselves in some bosses could be handled better. One boss shoots a wave up or down randomly, and one time he shot an up shot 10 times in a row, meaning I was just sitting there. It looks pretty unprofessional and feels bad to play (especially if it's down 10 times in a row, which also happened to me).
-The final boss can only be hurt in its first phase by jumping. While fighting him, I ended up jumping constantly for almost twenty minutes straight to keep hurting him, which soon started hurting my thumb instead. The boss would only be improved by making the crystals damageable from the ground, because as it stands, the main thing that's hard about him is beating him before your thumb hurts too much to fight him.

Anyway, Troll King is a good game and fun throughout, with some hiccups here and there. It gets a strong recommendation from me, as long as you don't mind some mediocre boss design and potentially dropping it on the final boss due to thumb pain.

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Rating: 8.0 80       Difficulty: 40 40
May 13, 2018
just a great game, would definitely recommend

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Rating: 10.0 100       Difficulty: 52 52
May 1, 2018
MattinJ seems to be the synonym of "a new favorite for you, Edgar". A non-linear experience for the most part with a nicey reward system in order to make progress an easier task, a main map as a hub composed of 5 main areas and a secret Spike area, each representing a reasonably long and challenging stage, and an optimized backtracking system to add a quicker pace to what is, ultimately, an action/adventure fangame. Bosses are amazing and MattinJ combines, once again, platforming with quality production value in equal measures.

That is, except, that this is a trap game. I was warned, of course, but the opening stage is (intentionally[?]) terrible, and traps don't stop being frustrating. It has never been my genre. However, I greatly applaud the progression of the game because it is not entirely built of traps, and when you have advanced pretty much through a lengthy save, it won't pull out the awful card of a trap near the ending. Also, half of the game isn't trap based. The bosses surprised me in this matter, because they are not grindy like a Find My Destiny would do so against your patience, and they all look great, so extra points for that. Still, when you come back to the initial area once again, you know, the one infested with traps, the way to advance were so goddamn and stupidly cryptic that I had to search in the Internet how to get past them (I still don't understand how the triggers work in the last save of "Where Everything Began").

Overlord stays in my heart as his grandiose game, and it keeps growing in my heart the more I reflect on it, but this is a great adventure fangame, slightly below Reach the Moon's quality, and deserves all accolades from the community.

Now, when are you going to charge for your fangames, MattinJ? Give this guy a studio contract!

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Rating: 7.1 71       Difficulty: 50 50
May 22, 2020
An other amazing, and my second game, from MattinJ. Troll king is like it name suggests a troll adventure game with, like overlord, an insane production value. All bosses are great and the game isn't really hard (expect the final boss but if you have all the secret items, it becomes really easier)
But I feel this game could have been better:
-I know it can be weird to say that, but for me it shouldn't have been a troll game because most of the traps are just decent and don't match very well with the epic adventure the game offers.
-It's a detail but I wish the big spike was better used, and not being just a troll.
-A problem that many fangames are dealing with is that they are compared to another but in the worse way, and I felt while playing that this game is like overlord but a bit worse. It's not a problem for the game itself but it affects my feeling toward it.

Overall, the game is really great but I was kinda disappointed.
What a strange feeling

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Rating: 8.5 85       Difficulty: 45 45
Apr 29, 2019