- Easy to pick-up and play platforming gameplay.
- Beautifully varied environments.
- Large boss creatures to fight against.
- Bland platforming experience; dull AI, few real skill challenges.
- Levels rarely emphasize a character's unique traits; double-jump makes most platforming safe, floating only utilized seriously once.
- Low on content and variety in challenge; hard to justify replays.
Spiders and bats and mushrooms, oh my! Evertales starts out as a clever tongue-in-cheek platformer with a song and a tale to tell, but falls apart as it fails to reach an apex in gameplay, design or story.
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Evertales by Crescent Moon Games and Thunder Game Works sounds like the perfect storm of experience developer, experienced publisher and a great concept as the two companies seek to bring a Trine-like experience to the App Store. However, much of the game can be characterized by a pervading sense that everything has been cut short just before anything interesting happens, making it tease of a relatively short game.
Each of the game's six worlds are split in to two stages, ended firstly by a mini-boss and then a gigantic boss creature that often fills the screen. So far, so good you'd be saying, but the lead-up to each of these fights is quite bland as each of the three characters you can control blunder their way through simple suicidal enemies and elementary obstacles such as moving platforms and the occasional falling object.
Much like Trine, players can swap between three characters, in this case a seasoned warrior; an elvish dandy; and a senile wizard. Each are flawed in their own way, adding some sort of charm to their backgrounds, but this is lost quickly as their repeated quips (often in reference to horror/fantasy legend Bruce Campbell) destroy any sense of character and the story quickly blasts through its plot to wrap things up.
Players can choose between swipe-based or virtual-pad controls, and while the default system does make basic tasks such as platforming more challenging, it's a false sense of difficulty as the virtual-pad controls reduce the game to a simple side-scrolling romp.
Ultimately Evertales is disappointing because it never feels as though it manages to follow through on any aspect of the game. The graphics, while varied and cartoonish, feel stiff and unrefined; the story is hamstrung by the short length of the game; the levels themselves rarely exploit the uniqueness of each character; and said uniqueness is shot in the foot as purchasable weapons allow you to exchange roles at will.
If all you're after is a simple, well presented platformer, you'd do well to check out Evertales, but it's far from the best the App Store has to offer.
DescriptionFrom the creators of Aralon and Trenches comes.... EVERTALES!
Reviews coming in!
Gamezebo 4/5 - 'Evertales proves that even unlikely heroes can be great'
App-score 9/10 'a very quirky yet fun adventure game'
Slide to Play 3/4 'A solid Platforming game - great graphics, sound, and animation'
iFanzine 4/5 'A Retro Side Scroller in a very pretty package'
Once upon time, there was a tale of mighty heroes, protectors of the realm, and the saviors of many damsels in distress. This…is not that tale.
This is a tale of unlikely Heroes. Embark on journeys of not-so-epic proportions with Sir Jorgin, the noble knight past his prime; Arwick, the ladies man and elf rogue; and Taragon, wize, old, and somewhat senile wizard. Welcome….to Evertales.
Quest with 3 unique heroes:
• Sir Jorgin, the mighty knight, is a fierce melee fighter and can take a punch!
• Arwick the Elf specializes in ranged weapons, charm, and an attractive double jump!
• Taragorn the Senile wields tight spells a loose tongue, and the power to levitate!
CHOOSE YOUR WEAPONS
Unlock 20+ weapons for your heroes to better seek your glory, slay your foes, and save yourself! Evertales has a diverse selection of weapons, ranging from a variety of swords, bows, staves, and even molotovs!
Do you fancy taking a stroll through the Fungi Forest? Or spelunking into the caverns of carnivorous creatures? Have a strong desire to hunt down some Rodents of Unusual Stature? Or how about confronting the devious Dark Lord of Darkness? Now you can as you embark into Evertales!
Unlock and equip a diverse selection of armor for your heroes. Want to play the game as a Spartan or Drunkard? Go ahead. How about a lovely Christmas outfit or less than lovely Hobo garb? Go ahead, suit yourself!
EPIC BOSS BATTLES
Each chapter concludes with an epic confrontation with an epic boss fight! Defeat the Giant Dwarf, sink the ship of the Dead Pirate Roberts, rock out with the dreaded Stone Golem, and more in a quest to end all quests!
Evertales features beautifully rendered 3D characters and environments along with masterfully created 2D interface. Allow your eyes to flood with some of best graphics for the mobile generation.
IOS5 Features and iPhone 4S/iPad 2 Enhancement
• AirPlay Mirroring
• Bloom Effects
• Normal Mapping
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Requirements: iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 4th Generation, iPhone 4/4S, iPad or iPad 2