Sep 11, 2012
Dragons. Castles. Maidens in distress. Swordsplay.
Nah, I am not referring to an episode of the Kardashians. No. this is way better, and will leave you happier for longer. I’m talking about RPG thriller Epic Raiders. It definitely has the house pedigree (Gamevil has plenty of mobile game development experience) and the gaming juice to match.
The first thing I liked about the game was the intro. Instead of written text, I found the graphical story block refreshing (kind of like Angry Birds). I like paradoxical “over-the-top simple” nature of the moving picture. The dragon went to the castle, got the princess, and the princess needed to be rescued. I had to assemble a medieval-type team of combatants to rescue her.
Right after the intro, I was greeted with another pleasant feature: a hands-on tutorial. Using two characters, I learned the basics of fighting, health regeneration, single and group character movement and how to use extras like attack napalm and defense power-ups.
On the surface, I found the basics of gameplay fairly easy to get used to, particularly after the aforementioned tutorial. As a knight, I had to protect my saint (which was a key health regenerator for my team). Using basics lines, I could lead my fighters to intercept and attack opponents intent on destroying my saint. Vanquishing the waves of monsters got me gold coins and experience stars, and the points allowed me to level-up. Gold also allowed me to recruit more people to my team. I was also able to use my winnings to improve my people. There was quite the selection of customization options. I did find, however, that the more crowded the screen got, accuracy of touch became tougher. I did get my saint injured a few times by mistakenly leading her into the thick of battle.
There were bonuses tossed at me at various points for playing; for example, I got 1000 gold coins for playing one day, and more for keeping the streak alive on succeeding days.
Epic Raiders has multiplayer capability, which gave me the potential to play with family and friends, and a dungeon mode.
I thought that Epic Raiders would be a bit more catchy if it give a bit more carrot and less IAP stick. My impression was that in-app purchasing was a necessity to make progress, versus speeding progress. Yes, you can play to earn loot, but to break through, you need real cash.
All in all, Epic Raiders is full of fun, and takes a break from the norm. It competes well with other titles, has some snazzy media, and morphs into a real adventure, especially if you are willing to spend.