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EVERTALES [IOS] – REVIEW (80%)

16 Nov

EverTales is a combat based platform game released by Crescent Moon Games.

“This is a tale of unlikely Heroes. Embark on journeys of not-so-epic proportions with Sir Jorgin, the noble knight past his prime; Arwick, the ladies man and elf rogue; and Taragon, wize, old, and somewhat senile wizard. Welcome….to Evertales.”

This application puts you in control of the three heroes as they move through the tale. You only have one character active at one time and when you switch the health remains the same as the original character.

Gameplay wise, you are placed in a pseudo 3D level, but it is really just a 2D platform environment which you need to navigate your way through to encounter the boss character at the end. The chapters are split into multiple parts (normally 2) with the first section giving a stopping off point to upgrade.

The levels are generally linear, with only one route through the level, there are some side areas that may provide a hidden cache of gold, but there are not many of these.

The enemies are varied and get tougher as the game progresses. The ground based ones are easy to deal with, but there are some aerial enemies, that can be hard to hit and can even knock you back down pits which can be annoying. The bosses are very tough, but if you have upgraded correctly then you will normally have the fire power to bring them down.

My main issue with the game is the need to use the elf a lot to make the jumps in the level. This means that the game controls who you play with rather than you being able to gain a favorite character. It often means the wizard is an unused character at times. It would have been nice to have three buttons for switching the characters individually rather then tapping to health bar to rotate through them.  

The controls are done either via swipe controls or a virtual stick, this is selected as your start the game, and can be swapped later. Jumping and Attacks are done by pressing virtual buttons.

The game offers in-app purchases to buy evercoins which can be used to buy new costumes and upgrade weapons. I did feel at points (especially the chapter four boss) that the game was pushing you towards spending real world money to get upgrades. However, you can go back to earn extra coins on earlier levels again. You need to focus on your upgrades rather than costume changes.

The graphics and sounds are very good. The graphics have a nice look and feel that give you a sense of the fantasy world in which Evertales is set.

On the upside:

  • Very playable platform game.
  • Funny storyline.
  • Universal App.

On the downside:

  • Overly seven areas (14 levels) to play through.
  • Some bosses are unfairly hard without fully upgrading weapons.
  • Too much need to play the elf to jump things and then switch to the others for more firepower.
  • The odd “freeze up” when some things activate (end of levels and cut scenes) on low spec machines.

Overall, this is a good a platform game. The combat side is a little lack luster with a great variety depending on the character. The game is fun and enjoyable to play, but annoying at times, especially as falls can immediately kill you and put you back a long way. If you like your platform games then this one is well worth a look especially at the price. If you like playing an elf you will be more than happy.

Rating: 80%

Size: 104 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69

Link: Evertales – Crescent Moon Games

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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Game - Arcade, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

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