App Reviewed on: iPad Air 2
User Interface Rating:
Replay Value Rating:
Adventure Companyis an action RPG from Foursaken Media, a mobile development house that's been cranking out releases this year. As with most of their releases, this game might not be the definitive action RPG experience on iOS, but Adventure Companyis a gosh darn compelling package nonetheless.
The setup for Adventure Companyis quite simple: You're in the business of collecting artifacts using your airship and whatever rag tag group of heroes you decide to put under your employ. You'll fly to a location, complete objectives with your team of heroes, and then use whatever rewards you have earned to upgrade existing heroes or recruit even more new ones.
If you're a fan of progression systems, Adventure Companyis chock full of them, and it's the upgrade systems that can really sink their hooks into you.
Command and Conquer
You might be wondering what it's like controlling a group of heroes instead of the more traditional single protagonist from iconic action RPGs like Diablo. On any given level, you can assign as many or as few heroes to a stage as you want. Then when on the ground, you can switch between heroes at will thanks to a handy little menu at the bottom of the screen.
Movement and ability usage is controlled using a virtual (invisible) joystick and on-screen buttons, with each hero class having its own set of attacks, stats, and abilities.
Alternatively, players can simply watch the action play out by not touching the screen at all. This enables an auto-battle mode, which is nice for when you want to grind without having to pay much attention.
Unfortunately, the airship in Adventure Companyis not the only floaty aspect to the game. The controls for this game -- although nicely laid out -- are sometimes hard to come to grips with and can single-handedly feel like the reason for failing objectives.
Fortunately, Adventure Companydoes have good MFi controller support, which helps, but slow attack speeds and strange ability timing still make playing feel like a struggle at times.
The bottom line
As a free-to-play action RPG, Adventure Companyhas a great set of systems to keep you wanting to keep pushing forward. You may fight with the controls from time to time, but that doesn't entirely sink the experience.