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Infinity Blade Review

By , on December 8, 2010


Infinity Blade
Download on the AppStore
5 out of 5

PROS

  • Incredible console quality graphics.
  • Engaging touch-based combat system.
  • Elegant item upgrade system.

CONS

  • Repetition accentuated by recycled animations and enemies.
  • Currently limited exploration.

VERDICT

Infinity Blade is by its very nature a game with a narrow scope, but within those limits it's a beast of gameplay, visuals and execution; this isn't just a pretty face, it's a seriously fun game to master.


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After teasers that had many of us salivating for months on end, ChAIR Entertainment has finally released their gorgeous and engrossing on-rails RPG title Infinity Blade. You'll take the reigns of a luckless hero who is compelled to return to a cursed tower in order to avenge the death of his father, but once you meet your demise (and you will) the mantle of a hero and crusader will be passed to your successive generations until you can crush the God King once and for all.

Over the course of the first few generations you'll need to come to grips with the game's touch based system that pits you against each of the castle's denizens in one on one melee combat. Players have the option of either blocking, dodging or parrying the blows sent towards them by tapping or swiping in reaction to the blows of your enemy, eventually stunning or creating an opening that can be used to inflict damage of your own. Combo melee attacks based on swipes or magic spells activated by following patterns help you to gain an edge on your foe, but should you fall before reaching the God King you have the option of restarting the current bloodline or continuing from your previous checkpoint.

Once you've explored the castle a couple of times you'll find nothing new outside of refreshed treasure chests and the occasional pile of cash lying around and while this is a shame the beauty of the game's environments are not diminished for it. As items are found or purchased they'll add to your current character's attributes and experience earned will go towards mastering them, rewarding you with a skill point once they're maxed out. Leveling up also provides access to new skill points, but experience can also be earned by spending cash on 'mastering' an item, providing the experience and skill point in trade for this cost.

If one point of contention has to be mentioned it would be the lack of variety in the enemies you fight, with only a handful of variations that sport the same animations and attacks, however the monsters don't just grow in power with each generation, they also learn new attack sequences to keep you on your toes. Infinity Blade is no less compelling for its purposeful repetition, though future updates promise to add more variety and as it stands the game will leave you engrossed well beyond the main storyline; a definite must have.

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Comments

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drlundy 3 years, 8 months ago

great game, the repition gives each generation just long enough of a play time for a mobile device i feel... alot of fun and great control system :)

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iphoner 3 years, 8 months ago

personally i have to aggre with the 5* rating. the control scheme is amazing, there is a lot of armor, swords, rings etc... to purchase, great graphics, cool enemies, i really could not love this game more.

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carlostoro 3 years, 9 months ago

I agree i prefer gameplay over graphics! And well this game is good but is the same thing over and over again. You should be able to explore dungeons face different enemies, i mean something else. No just like a tech demo with nice graphics and battle to swipe. 

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IpodApps 3 years, 10 months ago

I agree with Andrew 100%.
Although it does get repetitive at times it's a great time waster and it gets fun when you unlock new armor and such. So I think he was right to give a 5 star rating.

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walrus 3 years, 10 months ago

I have to agree with FalloutNewVegas here, very disappointed with it. With the new upgrade, makes it easier to "accidently" purchase with real $.

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iphoner 3 years, 10 months ago

is this compatible with ipod touch 2g? 

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IpodApps 3 years, 10 months ago

no

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GiHubb 3 years, 10 months ago

I think you were way too generous in this review. Yes, graphics are amazing, surpasses PS2 titles in my opinion. But as for gameplay - it get's repetative fast and it isn't as fun to start with anyway. I'd give it a 3 for effot, but it feels a lot like a tech demo. Give me gameplay over flashy graphics any day. That's why retro gaming is back all over the place.

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FalloutNewVegas 3 years, 10 months ago

Agreed. I was more dissapointed with how linear the game was. Which made it quite repetetive after a while. The graphics is just a cheap way to get customers coming. Way overrated.

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andrew 3 years, 10 months ago

Well I'm not alone in my opinion of the gameplay - I honestly can't get enough of it; each generation adds new maneuvers to all of the enemies and a lot of battles can become extremely difficult without keeping your gear in check as well. 'Repetition' and 'Linearity' are attributes that both have positive and negative traits attached to them; in the case of Eternal Legacy the repetition keeps the game perfectly balanced in terms of length for a mobile platform, while the linearity is its only real negative trait (though something the developers have already started to add to).
 
Also, lets not diminish the achievement of creating a control system that's both intuitive and extremely engaging, allowing you to elegantly battle your enemies without the obscene abstract notions of button mashing or even dpad/analogue sticks.
 
Infinity Blade may not be for you, but it's a rare achievement for iDevices in many ways, not just for the graphics.

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FalloutNewVegas 3 years, 10 months ago

Whatever, I guess your right, some people will find this great but I can't lie, I found this a complete waste of my money...