Developer: RedAtoms
Price: Free
Version Reviewed: 1.2.
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4S

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

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

For a game with very little of what one might call “gameplay,” it’s shocking how good Pantheon the Legends actually is. It’s not a great game by any means but it is rewarding, has lots of content and is well-presented with style to spare. It feels weird saying this but sometimes one doesn’t need to play a game all that much to enjoy it.

Pantheon the Legends is a card game with a Greek mythology theme. Players are tasked with achieving lots of little goals instead a larger overarching one and the goals themselves are quite varied. Players can quest to gain new cards and experience points. They can put their best cards into their army and sacrifice lesser cards to enhance them. They can then battle other players to get card-augmenting treasure fragments. Doing one task usually helps make another one easier by making the player stronger overall. It’s easy to get into a groove and settle into the game’s satisfying positive feedback loop.

However, while that may sound like a lot to do, most “actions” in Pantheon the Legends consist of the player tapping a button and being told that they did something. There’s some strategy involved in powering up the deck but even the online battles against other players just seem to boil down to who has the bigger number next to their army. Also, certain actions, like questing, are based on limited meters, like the player’s stamina. It’s understandable that the game wouldn’t want players to just tap through the content so quickly but there really isn’t anything else to do.

What’s astonishing though is that it rarely feels as shallow and boring as it ultimately is. Part of that is due to the crisp, colorful art style including the plethora of cards with their own unique designs. Cheerful griffins and suspicious satyrs are just fun to look at. The music is great as well with certain tracks that could’ve fit in a more upbeat God of War.

There’s no denying that Pantheon the Legends isn’t much of a game. However, even slight fun is better than no fun at all.

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