Brandnew Boy Review
- Anime-esque visual flair; adds energy to the combat and environments.
- Easy to learn rhythm-based combat; tap enemies to dish out insane damage.
- Dull unlockables; other than weapons players occasionally upgrade powers and earn a new costume or two.
- Camera locks in combat; makes for awkward situational awareness.
- Special abilities fail to execute without a good reason.
- Monotonous combat.
Brandnew Boy has the right idea when it comes to testing out new methods for bringing exciting action-based gaming to the iOS platform, however it's riddled with problematic design issues that not only result in the game feeling incomplete, but also dull.
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When Rocksteady mentioned that the combat for Batman Arkham had its roots in rhythm gaming, I believed them - its fluid sense of combat that rewards well-timed parries, item deployments and straight-up beat-downs has a visceral feel to it that quickly becomes addictive. Best of all it lends itself to rather simplistic controls, which is all the better for Brandnew Boy by Oozoo as it builds upon the concept with a single-touch system.
Cue a memory-wiped protagonist, super-powers, a whole mess of enemies and a thin (but otherwise amusing) plot to motivate you forward through the simple, yet beautiful Unreal engine rendered world. Watching the 'hero' Rookie punch is way through a series of enemies is like watching a Manga come to life as a Saturday morning cartoon, but beyond this thin outer shell, things start to fall apart.
Initially the combat system is compelling and entertaining - tapping the screen allows you to target and otherwise punch / kick the foes in your way, with a series of unlockable skills adding to your repertoire. Swiping allows you to dodge their poorly animated attacks, while tapping to the rhythm of the moving bar below the combat rewards you with bonus damage. A string of hits can be maintained for a combo (seemingly adding to your damage as well), though taking damage or too long between hits will reset the counter.
However, once you scratch a little deeper the game runs out of ideas - enemies occasionally have shields that can be popped with a double-tap, but aside from this it's a monotonous series of battles where you tap, swipe and tap again until you're given the victory screen.
This would be far more engaging if the game wasn't also sporting its share of design flaws including a camera that locks once you're in combat - an embarrassing flaw for a game that requires situational awareness to attain the elusive 'no damage' stage clear. Also, the skills themselves are awkward to pull off and are easily canceled by an enemy being a fraction out of range.
Brandnew Boy has all the right pieces to provide a short, but compelling fighter that uses its combat to drag you from engagement to engagement, but its execution leaves a lot to be desired and ends up feeling tired and broken far sooner than it should.
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Jump into a explosive '3D Action RPG' adventure based on the Unreal 3 Engine!
**** “This is one action RPG that shouldn’t be missed. Editor’s Choice!.” – 148apps
**** “Brandnew Boy is packed full of good ideas!” – slidetoplay.com
**** “Anime-esque visual flair; adds energy to the combat and environments.” – appspy.com
Rookie doesn’t know who he is, or how he got here, but one thing has been made terribly clear: he’ll have to fight to stay alive if he wants to find out. Brandnew Boy is heart-stopping, breath-taking 3D combat adventure built on Unreal Engine 3 for an unbelievable iOS action experience.
Stranded this strange and sometimes beautiful place, “Rookie” finds he has limited time to contemplate his circumstances. The natives are bloodthirsty, and Rookie seems to be the only thing they think will quench that thirst. Accompanied by a television-faced robot whose origins are no less mysterious than his own, Rookie must search for answers—if he can survive.
Welcome to Brandnew Boy!
▷ SIMPLE CONTROL : An innovative and intuitive new control system streamlines combat for the touchscreen, avoiding clutter, yet allowing for spectacular combos and stunning fight sequences through simple taps and swipes.
▷ UNREAL ENGINE : Beautifully textured, dramatically lit environments provide the stage for battle after battle in this relentlessly action-packed game Cartoon inspired characters unlike any you’ve ever seen inhabit a world unlike any other, engaging in constant combat that makes full use of Unreal Engine 3 power and versatility.
▷ DYNAMIC COMBAT : Enemies use their own particular styles of combat, special attacks, shields, and strengths to bring the hammer down on Rookie, requiring the player to continually improve skills and learn new tactics—and they may attack up to five at a time.
▷ TWO GAME MODES : You can take your pick and enjoy between existing ‘Scenario mode’ and new ‘Infinity mode’.
▷ SUMMON BOSSES : Defeating the game’s haunting, devastating bosses allows Rookie to summon these demon-like fighters on his own behalf as a special attack.
▷ CUSTOMIZATION : A full arsenal of skills (which the player can level), attire, and special items add another layer of sophistication
▷ SPECIAL MISSION : Time Attack, Defense, No Skill Clear, and No Damage Clear provide additional goals for ambitious players
iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5/5S/5C, iPad, iPad2, New iPad, iPod Touch 4, iPad Mini, iPad Air
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What's New in Version 1.2.1Increased Gold reward after a stage clear by 30~50%
Changed field layout of Infinity Mode.
Added accessories for Alice Uniform.
Tweaked camera angle.
Added attack timing bar for female character.
Improved ending cutscene.
Increased level cap up to 50.
Miscellaneous bug fixes.