Developer: BiCore
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
Device Reviewed On: iPod Touch

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★★
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★½
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

There are many games in the App Store offer a quick, casual experience, and very few which offer any sort of true depth and complexity. Furthermore, of those which do try and take a more thorough approach, many end up as a convoluted mess that can be more of a chore to a play than a joy. This isn’t the case with Demon Hunter – The Return of the Wings, which is not only a visually impressive game, but an incredibly fulfilling RPG.

The game is controlled via onscreen buttons, which work well for the most part. Different combinations create different attacks, and a robust magic and skill system gives you plenty of ways to lay the smack down on enemies. The branching skill tree and diverse abilities offer also ensure that you’ll be able to craft a character just the way you want it, which is a huge plus in the eyes of most RPG gamers.

Demon Hunter is also a visually striking game, evoking memories of the Neo Geo. The rich colors and detailed environments are quite memorable, and it’s clear the developers put a lot of effort into making sure the game looked great on iOS machines.

One area where focus was sorely lacking in development was apparently on the translation, which is a mess of broken English and missing words. The whole thing was lazily localized, feeling like someone ran the text through Google Translate and even then left out some words. While we’re willing to forgive a few issues when English isn’t a developer’s first language, the amount of mistakes in Demon Hunter is inexcusable. Hopefully one of the future updates to the game will include a properly translated script, because while it’s kind of funny to catch an error or two early on, as it stands right now the game’s constant assault on the language is irritating and borderline offensive.

Those who can work through the localization issues will likely be very pleased with Demon Hunter. This is a fully fleshed-out RPG which would be right at home on a traditional console or handheld gaming device, but is instead available for your iOS machine. While there are definitely a few issues, the game -minus the script issues – is really rather impressive.

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