- Gesture-based control system still beats virtual sticks.
- Loads of guns and gear to upgrade.
- A great looking world with a strong sense of place.
- Can be difficult to target, move, and shoot accurately on iPhone screen.
- Stingy currency rewards make upgrading difficult.
- Gets pretty tough pretty quickly.
Epoch.2 delivers more of its predecessor's handsome duck-and-cover gameplay, but doesn't really address the issues which irked us about the original.
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Epoch. was Uppercut Games' answer to the question "how do you get a third-person cover shooter to work on a touchscreen?" The solution the team hit upon was to ditch floating joysticks altogether, and use an entirely gesture-based system to let you spring in and out of cover, target enemies, and launch special attacks.
The sequel, Epoch.2, is very much a retread of the first game. It's got a bigger campaign, more weapon and upgrade options, and some new robotic enemies and bosses to tackle, but the fundamentals remain unchanged.
In some ways, this similarity is a good thing. The combat system is still pretty effective, letting you direct your robo protagonist between cover positions with a flick of your finger. As firing is handled automatically, it's up to you to wait for the perfect opportunity to pop up and spray bullets, while sustaining as little damage as possible. Each level is comprised of short encounters chained together, giving you a few seconds to catch your breath as you advance between bouts.
You'll need these pauses, too, as encounters quickly become tense, claustrophobic affairs. Though things start off fairly mellow, you'll soon have zombie-like droids bearing down on you, while RPG units hang back and launch balls of electricity at your chromed face. You can upgrade your gear to cope with the increasing difficulty, but the game is very stingy with its credit rewards. As a result, you soon begin to feel unfairly outclassed by your foes.
The targeting system is still a little finnicky, too. We found it tricky to comfortably move, shoot, and target on the iPhone screen, with our fingers all too often obscuring the action onscreen. And, no matter how many bosses or drones the game throws at you, there's no disguising the repetitive nature of the core combat - something which ultimately prevented its predecessor getting a wholehearted recommendation.
Though Epoch.2 definitely offers more of the good-looking duck-and-cover gunplay its predecessor delivered, it doesn't really solve the underlying issues of the first game. It makes a good first impression, but like an immaculately-buffed armour plate, don't be surprised if the shine begins to wear off over time.
DescriptionThe epic saga of post-apocalyptic robot combat continues!
EPOCH has trekked across a war-ravaged country to find the one person he was programmed to protect: the Princess, Amelia. Now he must follow a final, desperate lead to reach her, with the two warring robot armies of Omegatroniks and Alphetekk standing in his way. But what surprises await EPOCH when the Princess is finally located? And what will she make of the world she wakes up to?
CHOREOGRAPH THE ACTION
Control your character with intuitive finger swipes designed specifically for touch-screens. Make split-second tactical decisions, take cover, select targets, dodge incoming fire, utilize special abilities, and launch countermeasures!
UNRAVEL THE MYSTERY
Follow the story of humanity's downfall, and their final hope for salvation as you discover the truth about the Princess and what she really means to the future of this world. And who is the new interloper that has decided that EPOCH must be stopped at any cost?
A BEAUTIFULLY DESOLATE WORLD
Explore whole new areas across a post-apocalyptic landscape; the crackling desert of the mysteriously drained harbors, the whistling desolation of abandoned spaceports and the clamorous factories that continue to manufacture their robotic wares.
DESTROY, SALVAGE AND UPGRADE
Battle escalating waves of robots and bosses in arena-style combat, and upgrade yourself with pieces scavenged from the ruins! Configure your robot with dozens of weapons, armors, boosters and counters.
NEW WAYS TO PLAY
New weapons, items and features expand your arsenal and give you new strategies to employ. Equip your Weakening Grenades, risk a Fast Reload for bonus damage, or head-shot an enemy robot with your Sniper Rifle? New levels extend and expand EPOCH's ability to fight, move and dodge. New Play Modes provide tougher challenges for the elite EPOCH player.
Help the Princess find her bearings in a world that has left her behind. Gather fragments of the past with logs from a cast of characters, each with their own perspective on the apocalyptic events that destroyed a once-proud civilization.
STUNNING AAA VISUALS
Powered by the latest version of Unreal Engine 3 - as used by Infinity Blade 3 - EPOCH.2 pushes the limits of the enhanced visual capabilities of the latest iOS devices, delivering spectacular new enemies, completely revamped models and the most amazingly-realised human character on mobile!
EPOCH.2 is optimized for iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, and iPod Touch 5. NOT compatible with iPhone4, iPod Touch 4th Gen, iPhone 3GS or iPad 1.
What's New in Version 1.2Update v1.2
- NEW Hardcore Mode: permanent death!
- NEW Weapon: Missile Pod
- NEW Armor Types: Worker, Junker, and Surgeon