- A nice use of the unreal engine to create engaging environments.
- The rune system adds some customisability to this hack and slash.
- The combat lacks a visceral feel to it.
- Story told in text and voiceover between missions is not an ideal presentation.
Wraithborne will satisfy fans looking for a mobile hack and slash, but the lack of anything ground-breaking or satisfying in the combat does little to raise this title above its contemporaries
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There's something about story doled out through voice-over and still images that makes one not want to pay attention. Wraithborne is a 3D beat em up along the lines of God of War, and really, unlike that game, the exposition about your quests and actions presented here does not aid the gameplay, and it certainly does not add any context, drama, or sense of purpose. Walk around, smash monsters, upgrade your spells to use magic to smash monsters; that's the name of the game here.
The basic attacks of your character are accomplished via an on-screen joystick and three main buttons. A light attack, a heavy attack, and a shield. Using combinations of the light and heavy attack will create combos, and the shield button renders you impervious to harm... until your magic power depletes at least. After the first level, every time you gain enough crystals to upgrade in-between levels, you can equip and upgrade up to three runes, that have different effects, and when pressed, a rune symbol will pop up that needs to be traced with your finger to conjure the spell. All the controls work well enough, but it's a lack of impact in the game world that makes everything feel rather shallow.
The combat and spell casting lacks a certain amount of weight to it. In many beat-em-ups, especially those that top the genre, combat has a meaty visceral nature to it. Every attack has impact, and chaining together combos to eradicate a screen's worth of enemies is intensely satisfying. Wraithborne on the other hand seems to lack a connection between your attacks and the destruction of your enemies. It feels more like you're going through the motions of button pressing rather than being engaged in the game's conflict, and it certainly is a mark against the title.
Which is a shame because on the presentation side, the game excels. Alpha Dog have made good use of the Unreal Engine to create some really nice environments for their action to take place in, and the enemy designs have subtle variations based on their difference in attacks that shows a nice attention to detail. It's just a shame this focus on the art of the game wasn't balanced out with fine tuning the mechanics to deliver combat that could excel at engaging the player on a more deep seated level.
For those looking for a new hack and slash on the app store, Wraithborne will certainly fulfill that need. It's just that players might find the whole experience somewhat lacking.
DescriptionWhen magic returned to the world, everything changed in an instant. All that remains of the past are the crumbling ruins of the fallen Age of Humanity. The old legends - wraiths, goblins and werewolves - stalk the lands. Now, one born of their greatest fear will claim the power of the Runes and protect what remains of humanity. You are Wraithborne.
Wraithborne is an intense Action/Adventure game with lite RPG elements developed by the indie team at Alpha Dog Games.
What the critics are saying!
★ "an attractive, enjoyable dungeon crawler a la Diablo." - Slide to Play
★ "Wraithborne succeeds in making each strike feel physically better than most 3D action games on iOS." - Touch Arcade
★ "Terrific graphical presentation and smooth, action-packed gameplay." - AppSmile.com
★ "Some days when you wake up, instead of having a shower, eating breakfast and heading off to work, you just want to call in sick, find a really big hammer and proceed to hit things." - TouchGen
★ "Wraithborne is a fun, beautiful, exciting, and addicting RPG adventure! I can only hold my breath until the sequel arrives!" - 8 Days a Geek
✔ AMAZING GRAPHICS POWERED BY UNREAL ENGINE
✔ TEN UNIQUE LEVELS TO REPLAY AND MASTER
✔ NIGHTMARE MODE DIFFICULTY LEVEL FOR CORE GAMERS
✔ FAST-PACED ACTION COMBAT
✔ UNLOCKABLE LOOT, INCLUDING 8 WARHAMMERS AND 5 SETS OF ARMOR
✔ WIELD POWERFUL RUNIC SPELLS TO ATTACK, HEAL, and DEFEND
✔ COMPETE FOR HIGH SCORES IN 3 DIFFERENT GAMEPLAY CHALLENGE ARENAS
✔ CHOOSE YOUR CONTROLS: V-STICK or TOUCH CONTROLS
✔ iPhone 4, 4S, 5
✔ iPad 2, 3, 4
✔ iPod Touch 4, 5
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What's New in Version 1.20★ iPOD TOUCH 4 - Now supported!
★ NEW ARMOR! Upgrade your health and gain additional powers by equipping one of 5 sets of Battle Armor.
★ LEVEL REWARDS! Gain Weapons and Armor by completing levels, and earn Gem rewards by repeating previous battles.
★ REDESIGNED 3D MENUS! Touch Scrolling and Character Preview in menus.
★ NEW COMBO ATTACK! Chain 3 light attacks together to unleash an overhead smash.
★ RUN FASTER! Wraithborne now runs faster to catch up with his foes.
★ CONNECT WITH FACEBOOK! Log in with your Facebook account to brag about your achievements to friends.
★ Stability fixes and difficulty balancing.