James Cameron's Avatar Review
- Huge 3D levels and visuals.
- Amazing detail and special effects.
- Great mix of platforming and action sequences.
- Fairly basic combat elements.
- Camera is automatic and awkward at times.
You might initially balk at the entry fee for Avatar, but this is a game that goes above and beyond for the iPhone that manages to be a pure experience that fans of action games and the movie alike can enjoy.
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It's not surprising that a developer like Gameloft were brought in to bring to life James Cameron's Avatar for the iPhone. For a film that's already critically acclaimed, it was really only a matter of time for game tie-ins to appear.
Gameloft takes care to approach this as something worth playing first and it shows in every aspect of the game itself. Avatar is an action platformer that practically smashes others in the genre. You take control through the use of virtual analogue sticks and two multi-function buttons that change context based on what's happening in the game. Combat is fairly simple using a combination of rapid presses or holding down for alternate attacks, while special attacks can be triggered by a button in the top corner.
Your character can advance his skills by picking up or earning "wisps", but it's more of an incentive to take your time completing levels. Each level is almost breathtakingly huge and packs a level of detail that will punish your iPhone. Framerates can be low, but it's a worthy tradeoff for some of the 3D visuals you'll experience for the first time. The audio is currently a problem with multiple audio sounds cutting off each other or popping into silence.
Gameloft have done a great job of ensuring that this is a game you'll enjoy, even if aren't a fan of the movie. Avatar is definitely a must for all action fans; there's just so much packed in that whether you're fighting on the ground or in the sky you can't help enjoying yourself.
DescriptionGo deeper into the spectacular world of James Cameron’s Avatar™ and embark on a fantastic journey of redemption and discovery two decades prior to the film events. As the first experimental avatar, experience the amazing powers your new body bestows. Will you use those powers to save the Na’vi, or will you work with the humans to destroy their world?
*** ""This game is one all action fans must own."" - Slide to Play, 4/4
*** “The graphics of Avatar are impressive, and show Gameloft's continued efforts to push the limits of the platform.” – Preview by TouchArcade
*** “It's solid and impressive so far. Gameloft put a lot of work into this game, pushing it past your typical movie license game. It shows that they care about what they're releasing, even for a phone game.” – Preview by Destructoid
THE STORY THAT CAME BEFORE
Uncover an original story that takes place two decades prior to the film and learn how the first avatar came to be.
FROM PANDORA'S ROOTS TO THE SKY
Go on a journey of exploration, danger and adventure in an unimaginable world. Fight for survival in tense action sequences against ferocious beasts and carnivorous plants. When the battle reaches its height, take to the skies of Pandora on a banshee in epic shoot‘em-up sequences.
DEFEND THE NA’VI
Join the Na’vi in their native village. Help protect their world by accepting their mission: To fight against and conquer the human invaders.
A WORLD FULL OF WONDER
Explore every aspect of Pandora, the world created by James Cameron. Discover 15 levels, from the human-built mines and military strongholds to beautiful waterfalls and lush jungles that come alive at night with bioluminescent plants.
EVERY WEAPON AT YOUR DISPOSAL
Discover Na’vi fighting techniques. Train your precision as you master the bow, and perform combos with your fighting staff. You can also master human weaponry including high-powered guns.
THE VOICE OF NEYTIRI
The voice of Neytiri in the movie narrates the epic story
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