Assassin’s Creed™: Altaïr’s Chronicles is an action adventure released by Gameloft.
“Jerusalem, 1191 AD. The Third Crusade between the Crusaders and Saracens is tearing the Holy Land apart. You are Altaïr, a Master Assassin sent by the Order of the Assassins on a quest to steal “The Chalice” from the Templars, in order to end the Crusades. The fate of the Holy Land depends on you.”
The game puts you into the role of Altaïr (a master assassin) to complete a quest for the order’s leadership.
The story starts with an adventure based tutorial that adds more controls as the adventure continues. So by the time you begin the main adventure you have a sound ideas of the controls and how things work.
One of Assassin’s Creeds strong points is the story line which ties the levels of the game together, however, you cannot help feeling that this is a “cutdown” version of the other games with the very small video clips.
The gameplay will have you leaping from roof to roof, climbing building, hiding from guards, picking the odd pocket and of course, assassination.
Generally the action runs smoothly, but some times there is some graphical chop, or a character suddenly switching from walking to dead on the ground with nothing in between.
The game is controlled by a virtual joystick, and then buttons that will appear as different options are available in the combat or location.
The sound is very good with good music and voice acting. The graphics are mixed, with some great graphics at time, but poor animation or polygon counts (some peoples faces seem to be made up of a cube with a small bump for a nose.)
On the upside:
- The classic “Assassin Creed” gameplay
- Large story line.
On the downside:
- Despite the free roaming action, you still feel that things are “on rails”.
- Some jumps and movement are harder than they should be, making you go back to last check point.
- Game engine need a tweak or two.
Overall, this is a good game, but it is a bit of a disappointment on some levels. It feels like it has been cut down version. The game leads you by the nose a little too much, you have the ability to do lots of things, but not often given a chance to do them. However, with all this said, it is still a very strong title and Touchpad owners will be grateful to be able to get their hands on this quality title even with its flaw.
Size: 335 MB
Price (at time of review): £2.99