So, Epic Games has released Infinity Blade. Developed by their in-house studio, Chair, Infinity Blade is easily the most gorgeous game yet to be released on the iTunes App Store. And it is gorgeous. And fun. And gorgeous. If you have been living under an iOS rock since the iPhone 4 was announced last Spring, then you may not remember the Epic Citadel app that served as a tech demo for the engine (otherwise known as the Unreal Engine 3) that Chair used to develop the game. If you do remember the app, then I’m sure you were as impressed as I was by the graphical fidelity available for Apple’s amazing little device. But, graphics aren’t enough to make a game great. So despite all the hopeful hype built up around the app, I didn’t want to recommend it until I had a chance to play the game.
So I did.
And now I can say, you really need to play this game. In the iOS market, $6 can be a bit much for most games, since so many developers aim for the $0.99 mark to try and make as many sales as possible. But it’s well worth the money. The story is sparse, but engaging. The combat is remarkably simple to get into, but to truly master it will take patience and dedication. Every weapon has its own XP bar that you master when it fills all the way up. The catch is, once a weapon or armor piece is mastered, you stop receiving as much or any XP from it when you defeat an enemy, so you have to balance mastered and unmastered weapons to continue leveling.
While Epic Citadel felt like an open world that you could roam around in, Infinity Blade is instead a rather linear game. You move from battle to battle by tapping on appropriate markers on the screen. I’m not certain, but I believe that you are given options throughout the game as to which path to go next so that you don’t just keep fighting the same enemies in the same order each time. However, I haven’t progress past the first two fights yet, so I can’t say for sure. But I really don’t care about all that. What I love about this game is that it is gorgeous, has excellent controls, and well find a long-time home on many iOS device-owners’ home screens soon.
You should be one of them.