Infinity Blade II is a swipe driven combat games and is released by Chair Entertainment Group.
This is the long awaited sequel to Infinity Blade and after the demo at the Apple keynote has had the press buzzing.
This game puts you in control of a warrior who again find himself reborn and trying to bring the rule of the God King to an end. On the way you will find money and equipment to help you on your journey.
You start the game tutorial with all your weapons and shields at maximum and you learn the basics again as you fight your way through to your quests end. Then you find to your horror that the God King in not dead and your life in at an end.
So it is a bit of a shock to the system when you start playing the game for real like the original with a poor quality shield, armour and sword, therefore finding your abilities greatly reduced from the tutorial.
The gameplay is the same as the original with dodging, parrying and blocking attacks until you break the attackers moves and can counter strike. There are some new combat styles that allow you to wield a two handed weapon, two weapons at once, as well as the original sword and shield mode.
As before, when you die in the game you will return again with the same armour and equipment as when you died and will replay the stage again. In a change from the original the return is only a few months after your death rather than the years of the original (slight twist on the storyline).
Another things that is the same, is you will fight big bosses, you need to build up to the God King this time, and the first one is Thane, you are very unlikely to win your first combat which him as you will be something like level 5 and he is level 25, so you need to be ready to be defeated until you start to build up your equipment.
There are some new additions to the game, like gems that can be put into the equipment, which add to their abilities and also combat challenges, which as basically things like parry, dodge or block a certain number of blows.
The combat is the game is excellent and well designed. A button to block, two buttons to dodge (left and right) and then a magic button and a special power button. The attacks are made by swiping your finger in the direction you want the weapon to go in in our to parry or hit the opponent. Magic is done by drawing a symbol for the spell you are casting, for example a circle for a fire spell or a zigzag for lightning.
The graphics are truly amazing with excellent lighting and water effects. The sound is also very good and now has english speech.
On the upside:
- An excellent combat game
- Nice story to hold the separate combats together
- Strangely addictive, as you are happy to keep upgrading and then dying again
On the downside:
- Repetitive gameplay
- Failed to even load on my iPad 1 after reboot and making sure every was closed inc safari tabs.
- Only the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S give a truly smooth experience at the moment.
- Huge battery drainer (around 1% a minute)
Overall, this is a major upgrade to the original Infinity Blade and will make fans of the last game very happy indeed. Apart from the new fighting styles there is nothing really new here. If you have an iPad 2 and iPhone 4S this is a must have. For other device owners should wait a little longer. Hopefully a fix is already in the works to solve the compatibility issues with the older devices and I am looking forward to playing this on my own iPad 1 soon.
Size: 941 MB
Price (at time of review): £4.99