Last Inua - An Arctic Adventure Review
- Gorgeous art design
- Touching story
- Interesting ideas and puzzles
- Painfully slow pace
- Puzzles have very limited solutions
- Frequent deaths with poor checkpointing
Last Inua’s atmospheric world is worth experiencing, but be prepared for its ponderous pace.
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Set in a frozen tundra, Last Inua is a chilly tale of isolation and desperation. An evil demon called Tonrar is trying to destroy the world. Only one person is able to stop him: a boy named Hiko who is blessed with a supernatural power. Unfortunately, these powers are too much for his adolescent body to handle, so his loving father, the powerful Ataataq, must help him on his quest.
Their journey plays out in the form of a 2D puzzle platformer in which you switch back and forth between the duo at will. Movement is handled by a virtual stick which usually behaves itself, but does prove fiddly enough to cause a few miss-timed jumps and early deaths.
Ataataq is able to jump, and utilise his power to smash through icy blocks and scale shear walls. The smaller Hiko is less powerful, but proves no less capable. His powers allow him to warp between glowing points around stages, and even create bridges of light to pass over dangers. To complete levels the characters have to use their powers in unison, with Hiko warping to higher ground while his father clambers up icy cliffs.
The puzzle mechanics are solid and satisfying, even if the solutions are a little narrow. Our biggest complaint, however, is that the whole experience is painfully slow, with both Ataataq and Hiko’s moving like they are waist deep in treacle. This becomes increasingly frustrating as each death sends you halfway back through levels.
This could be forgiven if death were not so common place, but it seems to be everywhere. From dropping into a pit of spikes because Ataataq seems determined to ignore your jump command to being mauled by a yeti, each level is drawn out by the need to repeatedly retrace your steps.
Last Inua’s tranquil world and touching story of fatherly affection make us want to love it. Unfortunately, we found our excitement tempered by its scripted puzzle solutions and plodding pace. It is certainly worth experiencing for the beautiful art style, but do be prepared for a little frustration along the way.
DescriptionLAST INUA supports the iPad 3, iPad Mini and iPhone 4S or newer. iPod touch or older devices than the above mentioned are not supported.
LAST INUA is an award winning platform adventure game featuring an Inuit father and his son on their epic quest for survival against the elements. Father Ataataq has to guard his son Hiko, a gifted boy with supernatural abilities. Their world, the mythical North, is under attack by an ancient demon: Tonrar. Tonrar seeks to dominate the North and to do this he needs to destroy Hiko. But Tonrar is alone, Ataataq and Hiko have each other.
"An immersive and emotional experience with a vibrant art style" - Chris Priestman, Indiestatik
- This is our 21st century tribute to the classic platform adventure genre!
- You control 2 unique characters: Father Atataaq, a physical powerhouse and Hiko who is gifted with magical powers.
- LAST INUA is immersed in atmosphere: audio, design and gameplay orchestrated for a majestic sense of northern wonders.
- Featuring an intriguing storyline, immersive gameplay and fun puzzles.
- Amazingly detailed and handcrafted character animations and artwork.
“Glorious it is when wandering time is come.” – Inuit Proverb
We hope you have a great time exploring LAST INUA!
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If you experience frequent crashes or performance issues, please try restarting your device and make sure you close down all other apps before playing.
Supported languages: Spanish (Spain), Spanish (US), German, Russian, Portuguese, Italian, French, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Thai.
What's New in Version 1.1- fixed duplicate App Store slide
- added localized descriptions
- fixed retina resolutio App Store slides iPad