Developer: Michail Philatov
Price: $4.99
Version: 1.02
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★☆☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★☆☆
Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Axe and Fate. is a turn-based adventure RPG played from a first person point of view. Typically, first person games are synonymous with shooters, as it can be the most confortable viewpoint to play in. These shooters are also usually exciting, fast-paced, fluid experiences. Even though Axe and Fate. calls itself a turn-based game, the first person viewpoint may make players expect that familiar, fluid gaming experience. Unfortunately, the opposite occurs here, making the game feel fragmented and clunky.

Players start by creating a character and choosing skill sets. There are six classes to choose from, each offering different strengths. Players can also choose another character to play the game with, having the ability to switch back and forth between them on the fly.

Movement is controlled with the left thumb stick and players can look around by sliding anywhere on the screen. While this control scheme is nothing new, it can be a bit difficult to move at times, especially when moving backwards. Additionally, since this is a turn-based game, the characters can only move a certain distance before the turn is over, forcing the player to tap an hour glass to advance to the next turn. This can be remedied by turning on a feature that will automatically advance the turns. However, this still results in very clunky, fragmented action.

The combat system also slows things down. Players must tap on an enemy and attempt to attack with whatever weapon is equipped. While skills are low at first, characters are likely to miss, and essentially lose a turn. However, this gets a bit silly when a mighty warrior can’t even hit a rat with a sword or axe.

While the graphics are adequate, the sound effects can be disappointing. With the lack of footstep sounds, it seems as though the characters are simply floating on air. These issues reduce the player’s ability to become fully engaged in the game.

Throughout the adventure, weapons and other items may be found and collected. Various armor and spells may be equipped to aid in the quest. For some, this is a true adventure game with minor appeal. However, unfortunately, most players will find this game to be a bit rough around the edges.

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