Most people think that iPhone games are no more than amusing little apps that keep players occupied while on the go. For more “serious” games, one should turn to the more established handheld game consoles such as Nintendo DS or the Sony PSP—but with the introduction of Infinity Blade, an exciting adventure title from Chair Entertainment Group, iPhone games will never be seen as fluffy little apps anymore.
About the Game
Infinity Blade is compatible with the iPhone, the iPod Touch, and the iPad. This game is developed by Chair Entertainment Group and Epic Games, and it takes full advantage of the impressive specs of Apple’s mobile devices. Infinity Blade is a breathtaking mix of eye-popping graphics, great gameplay, and intriguing storyline that you can immerse yourself in wherever you may be—on the train, waiting in the doctor’s office, or right at home.
The game starts out like a typical role-playing game, only it is not so typical as you will be playing it on a mobile device. We see a knight entering the lair of the God King, promising to deliver justice. However, the knight gets killed with a glowing sword. Your character is the son of this fallen knight and it is your goal to avenge your father’s death at the hands of the God King.
In order to fulfill your goal, you will be fighting many one-on-one matches with evil knights and giant ogres as you embark on a quest to the God King’s castle. These matches are not very different from the ones in classic adventure titles—you will be allowed to use a block button and two dodge buttons. You will need to learn your opponent’s attack pattern before you retaliate with the on-screen swipe function.
Experience points and money can be earned if you win the battles you engage in, and you can use the money in the store to upgrade your equipment. You can also use the skill points that you earn to customize your character.
It might take a bit of time to learn how to use the block and dodge buttons with the on-screen swipe function, but the controls are not as complicated as one would expect from a game such as Infinity Blade.
Graphics and Sound Effects
Thanks to the Retina Display, the excellent graphics of the game seem to pop right out of the screen. Infinity Blade does look like a console game on high definition display. The newer models of the iPhone and the iPod Touch display this adventure title like a dream, but there are a couple of issues with the iPad version. Of course, the iPad has a bigger screen compared to the iPhone and the iPod Touch, so the graphics are blown up to a higher resolution and might not look as amazing as it does on a smaller screen.
A lot of gamers might be a bit disappointed that Infinity Blade is an on-rails adventure title—some of them might think that the linear nature of the game will ruin the experience. Free movement is also an issue, but players will have the ability to explore the environment and collect hidden items.
Do not let the on-rails gameplay discourage you from this amazing iPhone game—Infinity Blade is designed with a cinematic effect in mind and there is no virtual D-pad that will distract you from the screen. Infinity Blade is well designed and well thought-of by the developers specifically for the mobile touch-screen.
This title is visually breathtaking and almost at par with adventure titles released for the more popular consoles. Game mechanics are also solid and the narrative is even interesting. We are definitely looking forward to more games that feature such wonderful graphics and gameplay in the iOS format soon.
Developed By: Chair Entertainment Group, LLC
Requirements: Requires iOS 3.2 or later
Compatible With: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch (3rd and 4th generation), and iPad
Other OS: Android, Facebook, BlackBerry