Easily one of the shortest games that I have had my hands on, Foreign Legion: Buckets of Blood was a little disappointing.
The roughly ten dollar game pins you as a stranded soldier in a somewhat Middle-Eastern looking town to defend the survivors against waves of oncoming enemies. The rest of your squad has been KIA so you’re the last hope. It was produced by a small development team by the name of Sakari Indie and built on the basic Unity game engine, so my expectations were sadly not very high at all.
To my pleasant surprise however the game wasn’t all bad, particularly considering the price. The real disappointment being the lack of depth and content that Foreign Legion had to offer. Mind you, for a game that costs less than a dozen what’s to complain about? That being said, if you bought Foreign Legion and a dozen, you would probably enjoy it more.
The best feature of Foreign Legion has to be its artistic-approach to the visuals. A cartoon-like blood bath is really what it boils down to - Team Fortress 2 anyone? It’s actually admirable from that perspective. Very basic and minimalistic visuals, but they were what initially drew me into the game. The landscape is far from terrible; there’s your dead squad members scattered about, the sandy hills of the desert, barricaded buildings and such, and chickens… fairly war-like, excluding the chickens I guess. There’s also this slight claymation tinge to the game - very intriguing. Kudos to the developers for having quite an original design concept, but it seems as though they put all their time into just that and forgot to add… well, the game.
You get one map.
And on this one map you have the tutorial and one game mode. That’s it. To be fair you do get a few different difficulty levels which range from easy to not-quite-as-easy, but one map just doesn’t cut it. This is where Foreign Legion fails to grasp your attention for more than ten minutes. This is also due to the fact that the defensive game mode only lasts a maximum of ten minutes.
In this game mode you simply defend the remaining survivors (in whom have barricaded themselves in some kind of stronghold) of the enemy-ridden town until help arrives, which supposedly takes ten minutes but oddly enough I completed the mission consistently before my ten minutes was up.
On a good note you do have quite a versatile arsenal of weapons to help you achieve this. From your standard pistol and assault rifle through to a personal air strike - a number of different weapons which add to the limited amount of fun that has been established thus far. A communications tent is located near the defensive stronghold to assist you in the most slightest way imaginable as well, but don’t stress as you will find that help is never particularly needed regardless. To elaborate on this ‘assistance’, you can call in supplies which airdrop repairs to the survivors stronghold in which the enemy is constantly trying to destroy, along with an ammunition crate.
Technically the game is rendered in a third-person perspective, however you have the ability to do what I can only describe as ‘semi-zoom’. This function simply brings the camera to a more over-the-shoulder view to increase your accuracy a little. Therefore it doesn’t fully zoom into a first-person view, rather half way there.
The scoring system is based on ‘buckets of blood’ which you obtain from killing things and in an arcade-fashion you get a high score (which is nicely presented as an online worldwide ranking) for each difficulty level in which you complete the mission on. Full online play however is non-existent in Foreign Legion. It’s an unforgivable omission, as to me it seems if there was a multiplayer mode it would actually make it a fantastic game for the price.
What seems to be near-unlimited health prevents the game from being challenging and the only feature that adds a bit of spice and variation to the repetitive game play is killing chickens. Purchasing the game through Steam also gives you ten Steam achievements to acquire, one of which also involves the killing of said chickens.
So Foreign Legion unfortunately doesn’t quite make it onto a recommended game list unless you have nothing better to do with ten dollars. This is really all down to the huge lack of content that it offers, emphasis on the lack of online play. However, with the development team supposedly working on free DLC my opinion (lets hope for the best) could drastically change.
As of this moment I would give Foreign Legion a miss, unless you wish to pay for an interactive tech demo.