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EMISSARY OF WAR [IOS] – REVIEW (80%)

20 Aug

Emissary of War is an RPG adventure released by Cedar Hills Games Inc.

The emissary’s journey is almost complete! Only a single treaty remains to be brokered and then home to a hard-earned rest. As long as nothing goes wrong…

In this game you will take control of Ghent, a barbarian who is the emissary of the title, who with his assistant Hassock, find out that war is coming to the lands and they are being set up.

The characters are likable with Ghent the sword wielding and brash barbarian, and Hassock, the intelligent, but clumsy, potion maker.

The story line is good and expands as you play the game, making it unclear how big the game will really be in the end.

Gameplay wise, you will guide the group by movement around the map from a pseudo top down view. Ghent will move to or attack any target you touch. Hassock follows behind like a faithful servant.

Combat is automatic with Ghent attacking any creature you select. Hassock will attack your target or anything that comes very close to him. You get to select the potions that Hassock will throw, but this is the limit of control you have over him. One annoyance is Ghent will not automatically attack the nearest enemy if the original target is killed.

The developers have released this application for free, with you able to play Chapter 1 in full. This chapter is a nice prologue to the game and builds you interest in seeing more. Chapter 1 takes around 20-30 minutes to play. Chapter 2 is offered for £1.99, if you purchase this, then you will be a little disappointed. Chapter 2 is about the same length as Chapter 1, so the game can be finished in an hour (if fact there is an achievement for finishing Chapter 1 & 2 in 40 minutes) If I had purchased the game for £0.69, then the length would have been acceptable. However, when you feel you have paid £2 for 20 minutes of extra gameplay then it is not. 

The game is controlled by tapping the screen in the location you want to move to, and then using the special ability button as it appears, or tapping on the potions that you wish Hassock to throw.

The graphics and sound are both very good. The artwork is well drawn with some nice character artwork, however, they do look a little low res in the cut scenes when the action zooms in on the game engine.

On the upside:

  • Fun gameplay.
  • Well designed UI.
  • Some nice cut scenes.

On the downside:

  • Far too short (completed in less than an hour and I was exploring side rooms etc.)
  • Dumbed down RPG.
  • Would be nice.

Overall, this is a good and solid role playing game, a little dumbed down like most on touch devices, but that decision appears to be more for the casual gamers. The game has a lot of promise, but is just too short. It really depends on how chapter 3 is released, if it is tagged on to this application and at no extra cost to people who have purchased the game for the £1.99 price tag then the game has a big future, if you have to buy again at £1.99 then they have lost me right here. My advice, download the app give it a try for free, if you like it hold on and see if chapter 3 is released and how.

Rating: 80%

Size: 38.5 MB

Price (at time of review): Free (with in-app purchased of £1.99 for chapter 2)

Link: Emissary of War – Cedar Hill Games Inc.

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