May 27, 2013
By now, seeing handheld games come out as companion vehicles to major motion pictures isn’t exactly a new thing. Epic, is named after the Blue Sky movie and is a Gameloft-crafted adventure that brings the game to Android devices. I have to admit I like the initiative; games like this can be great mindshare tools when done right.
As in the movie, Jinn is the fictional location of this kingdom builder. The premise isn’t too complex: Mandrake is the big baddie, and leads his dastardly Boggans in his quest to devastate the kingdom. I work to stop him. To do this, I have to manage my resources, equip fighting forces and basically grow an empire. Stuff like seeds serve as the building blocks for resource management.
The fun part, for me at least, is the part that probably has the least amount of direct user interaction. Developing and equipping an army to take on the Boggans is a key part of the gameplay, and the simulated battles are a measure of the preparedness.
A lot of the pieces fit together logically. I like that the developers worked well to incorporate the movie plot without getting too involved in copying it. In other words, the game enhances the movies (and vice versa), but isn’t defined by it.
For a Gameloft-engineered game, the graphics were mid-line. Yes, when measured against most games, it is pretty impressive, but I’m used to some serious POP in Gameloft graphics. In any case, the transitions are still cool to look at, and the animations are fairly smooth. The use of color is decent as to be expected.
Of course, there is a dose of social networking built in.
Epic is a great time waster that rings in at the right price. It’s what one makes of it, in that it can be either a piece of the movie or a standalone adventure.