Mage Gauntlet Review
- Fun, self-aware storyline.
- Intuitive combat system; simple controls and plenty of enemies.
- Classic RPG feel; invokes shades of Secret of Mana and Zelda.
- Customizable gameplay through unlockables; gives a real incentive to explore every nook and cranny.
- Sliding movement can feel awkward; also sensitive controls can make you attack in the wrong direction.
Mage Gauntlet is the kind of Action-RPG we've been waiting for on the iOS - a combination of intuitive controls suited to iDevices; fast-paced action split in to bite-sized chunks; and plenty of meaningful unlockable features makes it perfect for gamers on the go.
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When you've built up a reputation for being one of the best at creating a certain kind of game, it would seem like madness to completely throw it out the window and start on something entirely new. So, when rumors surfaced of Rocketcat Games starting work on an Action-RPG it was almost hard to believe. Despite their previous history of ninja-rope swinging time-trial games, Mage Gauntlet made its debut on the App Store.
The game is, first and foremost, very self-aware of its nature and the story is quick to poke fun at the usual RPG tropes while simultaneously attempting to side-step them. You play the role of Lexi, a curiosity in a world drenched in magic as she causes anything magical to fail, thus making her an outcast in their society. After seeking help from a powerful wizard she's thrown in to a fight against the world's supreme evil (who didn't see that coming?) while wielding a mysterious artifact (the eponymous 'Mage Gauntlet'), granting her the ability to drain magic from the world around her.
And thus you head out and start bashing things with whatever weapon is currently handy while also dispensing gouts of magical flame. At first the game is all too easy. The virtual stick/d-pad and 'pro' control options make it a breeze to avoid enemy attacks, giving your main weapon a chance to slowly charge up (ala Secret of Mana) to unleash a dash that damages and stuns any enemies left standing. Things get even better when you collect various magical charges from objects in the world, as they grant you the ability to dispatch foes en masse by tapping the mage gauntlet and selecting from one of the stored spells.
Of course, what would an RPG be without boss battles? At the end of most zones you'll find yourself up against a nasty machination responsible for the creatures you've been battling, and after defeating them you'll purifiy the area while pocketing a neat item or two.
Instead of focusing on fine-tuned stat bonuses and the like, items are far more practical, with 'pets', clothes, trinkets and weapons modifying how the game feels. These include bonuses to specific spells; increasing drop rates of certain spell-types; or additional effects such as limited healing. Of course it wouldn't be a Rocketcat Games game without a huge variety of hats to unlock as well, though these are mostly aesthetic (but no less awesome for their variety).
Mage Gauntlet feels like the total package for iOS gamers after something fast-paced, challenging and best of all, sprinkled with touches of humor. From its classic retro feel, including an unlockable 'Master' mode for those who think they've got the 'right stuff', this Action-RPG is an easy game to recommend.
Description"Download Mage Gauntlet. The time you spent reading this review could've been much better spent playing this incredible game." -- Toucharcade.com Review
Lovingly patterned after 16-bit classics, Mage Gauntlet blends a top-down action-RPG template with a heavy dose of arcade action. Play as Lexi, a young woman who seeks to overcome her inability to use magic. She seeks the help of a great wizard named Whitebeard. He agrees to help her, but in return she must travel to the locations of the Guardian Wizards and ask for their assistance in the coming battle to save the world.
The Guardian Wizards don't just live around the corner. You'll have to travel through treacherous environments, battle dangerous enemies, and search out secrets that will give you greater power. The Mage Gauntlet given to you by Whitebeard will give you the strength to dispatch your foes in intense melee combat. It also gives you access to a variety of magic spells for when things get too hot to handle with your sword. You'll have to master both magic and in-your-face combat if you want to save the world.
- Expansive Gameplay: 84 painstakenly crafted levels
- Deep Combat: Dodge, dash, cast magic spells, and use a variety of attacks to defeat your enemies!
- Hidden Secrets: Can you find the secret passages and claim the rewards within?
- Plenty of Gear: Not only do these sweet pieces of kit make you more powerful, but they also change your appearance! And did someone say something about pets? 19 pets and 110 hats can be found throughout the game.
- Spectacular Magic: If your sword can't do the talking, try some of the Mage Gauntlet's powerful spells!
- Classic Visuals: With a look that calls back to some of the greatest RPGs of all-time, each stage is a feast for the eyes!
- Uncover the Story: You won't find out about everything that's going on by simply rushing through. Find the hidden lore, conquer the ultra-tough Master Mode, and seek out the extra ending!
Mage Gauntlet is playable for free, with some sections and features available only to subscribers of GameClub Pro, an optional auto-renewing monthly subscription which also removes ads. Besides the GameClub Pro subscription, there are no other in-app purchases in this game.
If you choose to purchase the optional subscription:
- Payment will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase. No charge will be made for the free trial period.
- Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current period.
- Your account will be charged for renewal within 24 hours prior of the current period, at the cost indicated.
- You can manage your subscriptions and turn off auto-renewal by going to your App Store account settings after purchase.
- Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable
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