Being that I am something of a master of tea myself, being a Brit who drinks about 7 cups a day, I was naturally pretty excited to play Gaslight Games’ Master of the Seven Teas, a wonderfully unique game in which you play as the captain of a miniature vessel waging war in a tea cup.
In Master of the Seven Teas you’ll be nabbing all kinds of power-ups and blasting away your enemies in single player or local mutliplayers.
Master of the Seven Teas is a simple game that all players will quickly get to grips with. It’s packed full of action and offers a single player campaign and numerous modes that can be played multiplayer.
In the main campaign you’ll be facing off against waves of enemies in different tea cups. The cups all end with large boss fights leading to yet another cup.
Though the gameplay is very simple, it is nevertheless good fun. You move your ship with the analogue stick and use the trigger buttons to fire canons. I personally found the controls to be intuitive and had no problems whatsoever using them.
As you play through the game you’ll pick up power-ups that include different weapons (sharks, ninja and more). You’ll also encounter different enemies, though all are essentially the same from a gameplay point of view, they only look different.
The main source of variety in the game is offered through different environments. The cups all look different and pay different too, with obstacles like sugar cubes and flies all creating different environmental conditions. This is not enough to prevent the game from feeling all too familiar a little too soon.
Four multiplayer modes are on offer. Loot has you nabbing goods, while Last Pirate Standing is a survival mode (and is my personal favourite mode). All modes are variations on the central theme of defeating enemies and grabbing power-ups.
Graphically speaking, Master of the Seven Teas is pleasing. It makes the most of the idea of setting a game in tea cups. The music is somewhat annoying, however, featuring one tune being repeated throughout.
The music sums up the issues with the game. It’s repetitive. While you will have fun in the unique environment and with the intuitive controls, you’ll also tire of the game quite quickly. This is a shame. I can’t help but feel that if a little more effort had been put into offering more variety with the gameplay, the enemies and the sound, Master of the Seven Teas could have been so much better. As it is, it is an enjoyable but all too limited game.
Overall: *** out of 5