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He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe has the power

He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe has the power
The exceptional Punch Quest wasn't the only extremely macho iOS action game released on the App Store in the past few days. In fact, it arrived alongside a new title from GlitchSoft (Destructopus) and Chillingo that stars one of pop culture's most muscle-bound animated icons: He-Man. The bare-chested Eternian is the star of his very own classic 2D hack-n-slash romp, He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe, and it must be said that the game isn't just a treat for fans of the seminal 1980s Filmation cartoon -- anyone who enjoys a good arcade-style experience on their iPhone or iPad is in for a great time.

Costing US$0.99 and featuring in-app purchases which thankfully don't hamper the experience, this universal game uses a intuitive -- if a tad sluggish -- gesture-based control scheme for controlling the mighty He-Man though 27 levels of lavishly hand-drawn scenery. The game looks especially vivid on Retina devices, but its personality-packed lead character, his friends, and his foes still pop on the iPad 2 and earlier devices.

It's not the most challenging game, but the mixture of running, jumping, slashing, and learning new special moves that it provides is still a ton of fun, especially if you've gotten a kick out of games like God of Blades. You don't have to know anything about the source material to enjoy it, but if you're a child of the '80s -- particularly a fan of the show -- you're going to be blown away by the amount of fan service on hand. Just check out the video below for a taste of what to expect from He-Man, Skeletor, Orko, and the rest.

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