- Crisp, beat'em-up combat; almost a revival of 4-player arcade machines.
- Limited side-tracking or random combat; stays focused on the story.
- Decent AI players; no need to completely babysit them.
- Multiplayer 'raid' teams.
- Reliance on IAP; players are almost handicapped from level 1.
- Usual translation issues and clunky interface; lacks any sense of intuitive design.
ADVENA's party-play Action-RPG combat is a blast be it offline or online, but you'll have to cut through the usual swathe of clunky interface designs, poor translations and level grinding to truly enjoy the beat'em-up gameplay.
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It has been a while since I've said anything like this, but if you missed out on the days of going to the local arcade and throwing a few coins down on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with a few friends, then you missed out on something really special. Beat'em-ups are usually cathartic in their own right, but the addition of three other players turns it in to an almost unfair brawl where you begrudgingly assist each other, if only to beat the boss and play the next level.
ADVENA by Gamevil distills the concept in to a single-player experience (albeit with some multiplay combat features) paired with the developer's distinct style of RPG gameplay to create a game that just manages to pull back from the edge of being over-the-top.
You are nominally in control of Urus, a knight attempting to slay a former ally who has become power-mad. Unfortunately the poor knight is also caught up in the political turmoil of the magical Nabe and the common Tem. Over the course of the game Urus befriends several new allies which can be added to the party-of-four sent out to seek and destroy the evil of the world.
Much like similar Action-RPG titles in Gamevil's catalog, the controls are kept to a minimum, making it easy to jump in and start pulling off flashy moves. Aside from the d-pad players can attack or jump left or right (oddly there are two buttons for this) as well as quick-slots for the activation of various powers. While some moves only require taps to activate, others have a visceral feel as you perform simple gestures to activate flashy maneuvers.
Unfortunately while ADVENA may look and feel solid, progression in the game feels artificially designed to swing you towards the In App Purchase store. Items regularly drop with requirements well above your current state, with the items then being significantly underpowered by the time you can wear them. Aside from being frustrating, this leads to combat against foes taking far longer than it should and you'll feel the burn of grinding early on.
For everything ADVENA does well it equally manages to stumble somewhere else. Those used to and more forgiving of mobile phone developed KRPGs will enjoy the straight, action-packed combat that almost feels like an Arcade classic, but for everyone else it's a mindless grind-fest waiting for you to spend more money.
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ADVENA: Legend of Raiders
Breathtaking Party Play Action RPG!
Two kingdoms lived peacefully in the land of Peradin: the magic users of the Nabe Alliance, and the common folk of Tems. But one day a Sacred Tree lying between their borders was found mysteriously desecrated. The two sides blamed each other, eventually leading to all out war.
Nabe struck first, but Tems was quick to answer. The forces of Nabe soon collapsed under the might of Tems, driving the Nabe King to seek the prophesized savior. And as foretold, a stranger from another world appeared in Nabe territory, with great powers and mystifying origins…
SIMULTANEOUSLY PLAYABLE PARTY MEMBERS
Choose between 5 unique heroes at any time, any situation!
MULTIPLE CLASSES WITH SPECIALIZED ABILITIES
Coordinate your team strategy amongst a mix of melee, ranged, casters and healers
INTELLIGENT AI ENGINE
Direct your AI partners to heal, defend or teamstrike with customizable AI controls.
BRILLIANT VISUALS MATCHED TO AN EXTENSIVE WORLD MAP
See every strike with stellar clarity in over 200 different stages!
MULTIPLAYER MODES WITH FIGHT CLUB AND MERCENARY SYSTEM
Fight other users in PvP or work with them to form powerful Raid Teams.
OTHER GAMEVIL GAMES
Baseball Superstars® II
Baseball Superstars® 2010 HD
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Chalk n' Talk
HYBRID: Eternal Whisper
KAMI RETRO HD
NOM: Billion Year Timequest
Soccer Superstars® 2011 Pro
VANQUISH: The Oath of Brothers
NEWS & EVENTS
What's New in Version 1.0.3- Addtional language support
Your 5 star rating keeps us motivated to produce upcoming updates to make ADVENA even better!
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