May 4, 2011
Sometimes, it’s okay to do things by the book. There’s no shame in finding a formula that works and then sticking to it, especially if that formula is one that has brought joy to an awful lot of people. That, at least, seems to be the ethos behind Crusade of Destiny, the new action RPG from Dvide Arts Incorporated.
Crusade of Destiny casts you in the role of an elf-like warrior, who sets out on a quest to rid the world of evil, kill various spectacularly enlarged insects and mammals, loot their corpses and find, fetch and carry a variety of objects to and from people and places. In other words, it’s exactly like every other action RPG you’ve ever played, except this time, it’s on your Android-powered device.
The controls are simple, with a big on-screen button controlling your movement and attacks and items and actions controlled with taps on interchangeable icons. You can move the camera angle around with a swipe, but it’s an unwieldy method and the game could do with a camera that follows you around instead.
The graphics are solid but far from overwhelming, and the sound is almost exactly what you’d expect from an RPG you can play on your phone. In fact, it’s fair to say that everything about the game is almost exactly what you’d expect from an RPG you can play on your phone. That’s not a bad thing though, the developers have set themselves a task and stuck to it admirably.
Crusade of Destiny isn’t without its problems â€“ the lack of a map is the biggest of these. While you can purchase maps of the areas you find yourself in, you don’t start off with any money, which means you spend a lot of the start of the game flailing around in the dark, trying to trace your steps in a landscape that all looks the same.
Cliches aren’t the worst things in the world, but if you’re looking for something original and refreshing, Crusade of Destiny isn’t going to be for you. If, on the other hand, you’re a fan of Zelda and its ilk, and you fancy a little questing on your phone, then it could be right up your street.