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It Came From Canada: Blades of Brim

It’s easy to want to write off Blades of Brim as a gimmick. You could look at its swordplay as a cheap attempt to distinguish itself from every other endless runner out there. But the combat actually is an integral part of the game, giving it a distinct identity. Is that enough to overcome endless runner fatigue? Decide for yourself in this edition of It Came From Canada!

Blades of Brim uses the typical endless structure. Players try to dash as far as they can while dodging and defeating obstacles and enemies. There aren’t distinct environments per se, but as players level up they’ll unlock new parts of the map, granting them access to new areas during each trip. The worlds are diverse and the transitions between them are fairly seamless. The coolest touches are the little challenge rooms that give players some task to complete on a stretch of road seemingly existing in a pocket dimension. Meanwhile, the cartoon fantasy visuals have tons of colorful energy and, more importantly, run super smoothly.

blades of brim (1)blades of brim (2)But obviously Blades of Brim‘s big hook is its prominent combat system. By swiping the screen, players will slash their sword. Fortunately, it’s a lot more robust than just a single, glorified defensive option. Players can use slashes to stylishly hop between lanes and fling themselves skyward, all while taking down enemies in their path. They can also take advantage of the branching level design for moves like wall runs and flying ground pounds. Successfully and fluidly chaining attacks together, while constantly propelling forward, makes players feel like a force of nature. And the game’s forgiving health system, allowing players to take one hit and recharge health from there, prevents needlessly frustrating roadblocks. Rounding out the system are unlockable weapons like axes with different stats, along with new characters. And if players are really in a pinch, they can sacrifice some magic to summon a double-jumping dog to ride, complete with a handy projectile attack.

blades of brim (3)blades of brim (4)Blades of Brim looks like it could carve out a nice little niche for itself in the expansive endless runner landscape. Players can see if that niche is right for them when the game launches globally, soon.

Unbroken, by John Araujo, promises a hack and slash style game of adventure across the world of Midrune with you taking on the role of the “Unbroken”: a hero with the mysterious power to move between timelines.

The game uses 2 tap controls (jump and attack) instead of gestures or joysticks and pits you against a variety of dark enemies. It’s beautiful retro-style graphics with a limited palate give it a creepy haunted feel.

Araujo has not stated a release date for Unbroken yet, but for now you can check out a few visuals on the new site.

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Infinity Blade III: Kingdom Come, the Final Update, Set to Arrive September

Posted by on August 26th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

ChAIR has unveiled Infinity Blade III: Kingdom Come, the final update for Infinity Blade III. The update will provide a new environment, new enemies (including a new dragon to face off against), and dozens of new items to collect.

Alongside this announcement of the final update, ChAIR has also released a trailer to celebrate four years of Infinity Blade being shown off on the Apple stage, with footage from the update sprinkled throughout.

The ‘Kingdom Come’ update for Infinity Blade III is set to arrive on September 4, with the game available on the App Store now for $6.99.

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Cross Horizon Review

Cross Horizon Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A little too much importance placed on premium currency drags down an otherwise perfectly enjoyable action RPG.

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Ninja Wrath Review

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It may not look like it at first glance, but Ninja Wrath is actually one incredibly slick iOS action game.

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Tiny Legends: Heroes Review

Tiny Legends: Heroes Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Dungeon crawl with the best of three, kill the monsters, grab the loot, level up. Then do it again.

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Wraithborne Review

Wraithborne Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Wraithborne is a hack 'n slash with plenty of action and beautiful graphics, but is there enough actual substance to the game?

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He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe Review

He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Thirty years after Mattel dominated TVs and toy chests with all manner of hokey and impossible men and monsters, The Most Powerful Man in the Universe is getting his video game dues.

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My Little Hero Review

My Little Hero Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Relive your childhood fantasies and nightmares.

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Spellsword, a new title from Fire Fruit Forge, is set to be released soon. According to a release announcement and screenshots posted on the Touch Arcade Forums, it should be released sometime soon (possibly within the next month).

After watching the gameplay trailer, it looks to be quite the action-packed hack and slash game. The storyline is based on a “spellsword” with the ability to kill many minions at a time and the champion who picks up the sword. The game has a sort of retro look and the music even sounds 8-bit derived.

Apparently, the mission/quest system was somewhat inspired by Jetpack Joyride. There are quests in different areas but the game still contains an “endless gaming” sort of feel. There will be 60 missions at the release of the game.

Fire Fruit Forge is also the developer team behind hit title, Terra Noctis. Check out the gameplay trailer for Spellsword below.

Armed and Gorgeous Review

Armed and Gorgeous Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Hack-and-slash with gorgeous engine but skimpy on depth.

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Blade of Darkness Review

Blade of Darkness Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Blade of Darkness makes a solid effort to give iOS gamers the hack-and-slash RPG they've been craving, but it stumbles out of the gate.

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Fun Vault Games has just released Doodle Dungeon on an unsuspecting App Store. And while it may be a little too obvious with its inspirations (read: it’s Gauntlet with doodles), it also captures the essence as well or even better than most other iOS attempts. That and it doesn’t cost a dime.

Now when I say it’s “a little too obvious,” I don’t just mean that it uses the same top-down perspective. It also features the same four classes (warrior, wizard, Valkyrie and ranger/elf), the same floor-to-floor progression, the same mobs of enemies pouring out of destructible generators and even the same level layouts in a few places. I’m not crying foul or anything, because it doesn’t attempt to hide any of this, but it’s something worth noting. For better or worse.

I’m inclined to think it’s for the better though, seeing as there’s no official iOS release (of Gauntlet) available right now. It’s bound to excite anyone who’s poured hours into any of the original game’s iterations, from the arcade to the PlayStation Network store. Doodle Dungeon is available right now, and I reiterate: it’s totally free.


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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-08-20 :: Category: Games

Golden Axe 3 Review

Golden Axe 3 Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Sharpen that blade and get ready to battle the evil hordes of The Prince of Darkness, Damud Hellbringer, in this port of the classic SEGA hack and slash.

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Third Blade Review

Third Blade Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
When your quest is this sorry, your princess is better off left in the clutches of evil.

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Sparta

Sparta

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Sparta is an unoriginal hack-and-slash with no variations to keep things interesting. The graphics are good, and promised updates might actually make it a good game. But for now, I'd advise caution unless you just want a mindless, boring experience.

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