iPad App Recommendation: Infinity Blade
If there is only one game you can buy this holiday season, make it Infinity Blade - an action role-playing game that will keep you entertained for hours.
For a start, Infinity Blade has to be the prettiest game ever on the iOS platform, from the gorgeous castle to the flowing rivers. You might also want to don some quality headphones to do justice to the majestic soundtrack accompanying you as your character fights his way through the castle, killing the minions of the God King before the final confrontation with the God King himself.
The gameplay is linear - you tap on a highlighted circle to move from place to place. This is a shame as you cannot fully explore the beautiful environment. However, you can swipe to look around and tap to pick up items such as health potions and money.
You activate combat mode when you tap on the enemy. You can dodge your enemies' attacks by moving side to side or block them with your shield. Attack them by swiping your sword or unleash magic with your ring by drawing the corresponding sign on the screen. The health bar at the top of the screen reminds you of most fighting games and the enemy is defeated when his health bar runs out.
Once you defeat your opponent, you gain experience points for yourself and for the equipment you use. For example, your sword will gain experience points until you fully master it and you will get an extra skill point. This equipment experience trait makes you want to change weapons, armour and rings all the time as you seek to get more skill points for your character. You can access the store any time to upgrade your equipment with the money you gather along the way. Be warned that you might spend a considerable amount of time pondering which sword or armour to buy.
The bad news is that the God King is difficult to defeat and you will most likely be killed on your first and second attempts. But fret not - your son will avenge your death by going through the cycle again. Unsuccessful? Your bloodline of grandson, great-grandson and so on will continue to do so.
This might seem repetitive but the gameplay is so addictive that you might not even want to kill the God King so that you can continue the bloodline. I sure hope there will be multi-player options and more maps for gamers to explore.
At US$5.99, Infinity Blade represents superb value for money. Plus, one purchase will get you the game on your iPad and your iPhone. Get it now!