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A couple months ago a tech demo called Epic Citadel hit the App Store showing off Epic Games' Unreal III graphics engine on an iOS device. There wasn't much action to Epic Citadel besides walking and looking around at an intricate castle landscape, but the graphics were nothing short of jaw-dropping for the iOS. Epic promised that games were coming soon using the esteemed graphics engine, and iOS gamers everywhere waited to see what Epic could come up with that would work on a touch-screen device.
Infinity Blade, Epic's first game for the iOS, is finally here and just about any gamer will appreciate this melee combat title that's simple on its surface, but offers plenty of complexity underneath to keep you coming back for more. The graphics are out of this world, easily pushing Infinity Blade to the head of its class for complex graphics on an iOS device. The gameplay is an interesting mix of on-rails movement, cut scenes, and metal-on-metal melee action, all of which work extremely smoothly using touch screen buttons and swipe gestures.
Gameplay in Infinity Blade consists of touching onscreen navigational points to move and battling one enemy at a time as you progress through an enormous castle. There are no joysticks or gamepads to move around with, and you have no freedom to roam the landscape (a disappointment after the Epic Citadel demo), but the melee battles will quickly make up for your lack of mobility.
Fighting is usually a mix of various dodges and blocks, then an attack move to score a hit on your opponent. Your success largely depends on timing your moves based on the fighting style of a particular opponent. Use buttons on the lower left and lower right to dodge attacks, or you can hit a button in the bottom-center of the screen to block with your shield. Our favorite defensive move though, is parry, which can be done by swiping in the opposite direction of an incoming attack. Like a lot of the moves, a parry takes perfect timing, but the satisfying metal-on-metal collision sound makes learning your opponents' behaviors (crucial for consistent parries) worth the effort.
Once you've fought your way through several opponents and made it to the throne room of the castle, you'll need to face the God King, a fighter with quick moves that you won't beat the first time around. When you die, you'll move on to the next fighter in the bloodline, only to fight your way back again, but this time with better weapons, powers, and items.
Overall, Infinity Blade is easily one of the best games of 2010, and probably has the best graphics of any game in the App Store. If you want a beautiful game that's incredibly addictive and takes full advantage of the smooth graphics of today's iOS devices, check out Infinity Blade.
- New magic rings, swords, shields, and helmets! Collect and Master them all!- New Enemy: The fierce and deadly RookBane!- Sneak peek at Infinity Blade 2, and Infinity Blade: Awakening, the new iBook by #1 New York Times selling author Brandon Sanderson! Infinity Blade is now better than ever! From Epic Games award-winning studio, ChAIR Entertainment, comes Infinity Blade, a new sword fighting action game developed exclusively for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Heres what the press has to say about Infinity Blade: **JOYSTIQ: 5 out of 5 - "In terms of recreating a console-level experience on the iPhone, you simply will not do better than Infinity Blade" **GAMEPRO: 5 out of 5 - "The next generation of handheld gaming is here" **SLIDE TO PLAY: 4 out of 4 - "Any serious iOS gamer should grab this one up" **ENGADGET: 9 out of 10 - "Utterly delicious to look at" **IGN: 9 out of 10 - "Infinity Blade is easily one of the most defining iPhone games of 2010" **TOUCHARCADE: "It doesn't get much more 'must have' than this" **GIZMODO: "An iOS game like you've never seen before" The first mobile game powered by Epics cutting-edge Unreal Engine 3 technology, Infinity Blade takes handheld gaming to new heights with gorgeous visuals, adrenaline-fueled battles and advanced character progression in a fully 3D castle realm. Universal App - Play Infinity Blade on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, iPad 2, iPod Touch 3 (16 GB and above), or iPod Touch 4 for a single low price. Optimized for iPhone 4 and iPad 2 Includes high-resolution graphics that utilize the enhanced visual capabilities of the iPhone 4 and iPad 2.INFINITY BLADE For untold ages, the God King has ruled with an iron fist - his power is incalculable; his followers, legion. Now you must journey to the Dark Citadel to battle his Titans, one by one, until you face the tyrant himself. As it has been for all in your bloodline, this is your birthright - to free your people from an endless legacy of darkness. The immortal can be vanquished - but only if heart, mind, and steel are one. DYNAMIC SINGLE-PLAYER CAMPAIGN Spectacular 3D characters and environments powered by the award-winning Unreal Engine 3 bring to life the story of a lone knights pursuit to save civilization. RESPONSIVE AND INTUITIVE TOUCH CONTROLS Attack, dodge, block, and cast devastating spells - all with the simple swipe of a finger. SIMPLE NAVIGATION Easy to use, tap-to-move controls enable players to effortlessly navigate and explore the castle realm while searching for collectable items such as treasure, swords, shields, armor and other magical objects. DEEP CHARACTER CUSTOMIZATION Dozens of Swords, Shields, Helmets, Armor, and Magic Rings to acquire and master - leveling up your character and increasing Attack, Health, Shield and Magic skills. GAME CENTER Achievements and Leaderboards, challenge your friends to multiplayer matches online via Game Center!
What's new in this version:
NEW! CONTENT PACK #4ChAIR loves you, so we are giving you EVEN MORE awesome content - for free! - New magic rings, swords, shields, and helmets! Collect and Master them all!- New Enemy: The fierce and deadly RookBane!- Sneak peek at Infinity Blade 2, and Infinity Blade: Awakening, the new iBook by #1 New York Times selling author Brandon Sanderson! Infinity Blade is now better than ever!