Developer: Deutsche Telekom
Price: FREE ($6.99 full package)
Version Reviewed: 1.0.2
App Reviewed on: iPad Air

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

There are not many 3D roleplaying hack n’ slay games out there in the iOS market, and admittedly this is the first action-packed adventure that I’ve come across in some time that hooked me in right from the opening scene.

Tiger & Chicken tells the story of a chicken with a whole lot of courage, who after getting separated from his female friend, decides one day to finally leave the Shaolin temple that he grew up in as an orphan and take it upon himself to track her down and rescue her.

IMG_0320Presented in high resolution from a top-down 3D birds eye view, players must learn proficiency in each of the various martial arts, discover how to use special abilities, and become as strong as a Shaolin Master in order to continue the epic journey far and wide to save his chicken friend.

First and foremost, the animations are outstanding and the visuals are absolutely refined. It has been some time since I’ve set my eyes on a more beautiful iOS game of such a large scale. It’s certainly hard to believe that this is a game designed for a device such as the iPad, as the graphics themselves are right up there on the console level. Each enemy and character throughout the game shows the highest detail and the environment art is simply stunning.

Tiger & Chicken is one of those special games in that it’s simply impossible to cover in one review. Anyone who has played RPGs will get to grips with the mechanics of play straight away. The controls are streamlined and highly responsive; the right touchpad to move and the various icons to execute different actions. Slaying enemies and objects will produce various items, gold, and skill points. These points can then be used to upgrade or level up various attributes and powers, whereas the gold can be spent on weapons and other equipment. Building up the skill tree causes Chicken to become more advanced and powerful, and many of the various techniques can be used to the player’s advantage.

IMG_0325Where Tiger & Chicken also excels is its touching and highly immersive storyline. It’s gripping without being too complicated, and it manages to really tug those heartstrings in all the right places. It also happens to be incredibly fun, and already it’s easy to see how many hours could be sunk into this joyous action adventure.

Though only the first episode is free, the amount of time I threw into this initial installment has to have been somewhere around nearly an hour in all. Tiger & Chicken is bursting with charm and wit, and is full of fast-paced action-packed fun and a gripping tale that’ll bring out the Shaolin fighter in everyone.

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