Attack the Light - Steven Universe Light RPG Review
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Attack the Light - Steven Universe Light RPG Review

Our Review by Campbell Bird on April 6th, 2015
Rating: starstarstarstarstar :: A LIGHT RPG
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This charming game is a near-perfect mobile RPG experience, even if you aren't familiar with Steven Universe.

Developer: Cartoon Network
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Game Controls Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarstarstar

I barely have a concept of who or what Steven Universe is. Prior to booting upAttack the Light - Steven Universe Light RPG, I didn't know there was even a TV show called Steven Universe. The great thing about this is thatAttack the Light doesn't trade off of people's knowledge of the show's lore or characters. Instead, it's jam-packed with fantastic animation, charming voice acting, a smart combat system, and streamlined traversal - all of which make it a nearly ideal RPG experience for mobile.

The easiest way to describeAttack the Lightis as a more casual RPG likePaper Mario or theMario & Luigi games on Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. Instead of big numbers, tons of gear, complicated systems, and grinding,Attack the Light opts to focus on having a cast of charming and funny characters, a timing-based combat system, swipe-based movement, a streamlined gear system, and dungeons that are segmented out like levels inAngry Birds. The result is an rpg that has a surprising amount of entertainment value and depth, but is very easy to pick up and play.

Although the game centers around characters from the Steven Universe TV show,Attack the Light has a fairly straightforward story and enough dialogue so that players that are completely unaware of the show's mythology can easily understand what's going on. As a game based on an existing set of characters, each party member feels fully realized in a way that isn't usually achieved in mobile titles. That being said,Attack the Lightdoes struggle to come up with inspired enemy designs, but this is small potatoes compared to the high quality of everything else.

There's very little not to like inAttack the Light. The game is gorgeously animated with bright colors, has secrets hidden away in every level, contains challenge areas for players to test their mettle, uses variety of different environments, contains unlockable special abilities, and more. For those that actively dislike Steven Universe or otherwise don't like the more streamlined nature ofMario & Luigi-type RPGs, this game may not be for them. Otherwise,Attack the Lightis one of the best mobile RPGs out there.

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