Infinity Blade is a defining game for the iPad. Released in December of 2010, it was the first RPG designed from the ground up for the iPad’s touchscreen, and it combined intuitive gesture controls and combat with impressive graphics. It was also the first mobile game to be powered by the Unreal 3 Engine, and at the time, it was like nothing we had ever seen before.
Though Infinity Blade is not a new game, it is still one of the best titles you can get for the iPad. Just a few days ago it was named Apple’s App of the Week, which means for the first time since its release, Infinity Blade is free to download. We thought this would be a great time to publish a review of the original game for those of you who never had the chance to play it, so read on to get the lowdown on one of the top iPad RPGs.
As I mentioned, Infinity Blade uses the Unreal 3 Engine, which means the 3D graphics are incredible. Even two years later, the game still looks amazing on both my iPad mini and my Retina iPad, which is reason enough to download it.
Infinity Blade is an action RPG that focuses heavily on combat. There’s a storyline involving your character, a scary looking fighter, who is destined to fight the God King. It’s a good (but standard) plot line, which has been enhanced with additional content over the years, but honestly, few people play these games for the story, myself included. The gameplay is the important aspect.
This is not a game where you control a character with a joystick, or move around independently. You tap to move to specific areas in the game, all of which are very linear. You can look around, but you can only move where the game wants you to go.
You will see enemies as you tap around exploring various areas, and to fight, you tap an enemy, which initiates combat. The combat is the shining star in this game and you will need to use a series of touch gestures to fight effectively.
For example, you swipe to swing your sword and block by tapping a block button that’s located at the bottom of the screen. You need to time your blocks when the enemy attacks and swipe left or right (based on where your enemy is not blocking) when the time is right. Learning when to defend and when to attack is essential for success, and it will take some time to get used to the swipe-based combat controls.
As you defeat enemies, you will earn currency, which can be spent to buy new items. Items are actually how you level up – each item gives you experience until it is mastered, growing stronger with every battle. For example, your sword has an experience bar, which fills as you fight. This also fills your own experience bar. Once the sword is mastered you no longer get experience for it, encouraging you to master a variety of weapons.
This makes item management an essential part of the game. You don’t want to equip too many items you have yet to master, or you won’t be able to defeat enemies, but you also need to gain experience, so it’s all about balance, which adds a lot of depth to Infinity Blade.
Items also power magic spells with elemental attributes. For example, your sword might have a lightning attribute, which can occasionally be activated for extra damage.
I should mention that this game’s storyline involves a mechanic where your character levels up, makes his way to the God King, fights, and is defeated. When he dies, the equipment goes to his descendent, and you fight all over again, for an endless looping experience. It is far from the standard open world RPG, but the unique item and combat mechanics make playing the game over and over again a fun experience.
What I liked: Infinity Blade was great in 2010, and it’s still great today. In fact, it’s even better than it was when it was originally released because Epic Games has added additional enemies and items to obtain over the years.
What I didn’t like: Infinity Blade takes some getting used to because it is so linear, but ultimately, it provides a unique RPG experience.
To buy or not to buy: Because it’s currently free, I would recommend snapping this game up as soon as possible. You have nothing to lose but a few hours of time and some space on your iPad.
- App Name: Infinity Blade
- Version Reviewed: 1.4.1
- Category: Games
- Developer: Chair Entertainment
- Price: Free