Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPad Mini Retina
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I have no real idea of the storyline behind Darkness Reborn, other than bad things have happened and you have to stop them. It’s not the kind of game that expects you to pay much attention, though. Instead, much like a popcorn blockbuster flick, it’s there for you to switch your brain off and enjoy. Will you remember it for years to come? I doubt it. Will you enjoy it while it’s there? Yup.
A simple to learn hack-n-slasher, you go from area to area chopping up anything that moves. An adaptable virtual thumb pad dictates direction on the left hand side of the screen, while the right is devoted to a series of buttons for regular and special attacks. There’s a varied bunch of ways in which you can smack an enemy around, each offering a suitably vivid graphical flourish. A combo system would have really completed this, but it’s still pretty enjoyable nonetheless.
Each area involves waves of attacks, usually culminating in a boss battle. Taking a couple of minutes each time, it’s suitable for dipping into when you’re limited for time.
Outside of combat you can level up your character by assigning new skills, as well as upgrade equipment that you gain at regular points. It’s simply done again, but rewarding to see. It doesn’t take long for you to start feeling pretty tough. Each area offers more than one difficulty level, adding a reason to replay earlier stages, as well as the means with which to gain more experience and loot.
There’s a multiplayer mode that’s a bit lackluster and quiet, but you won’t really need that while you’re too busy enjoying the single player campaign. Darkness Reborn is well made for the mobile market, ensuring you can achieve a lot in a short time. It looks quite gorgeous on the iPad Mini Retina too, which is always a bonus.
You might not remember it for a long time to come, but while you play it, you’ll enjoy Darkness Reborn. It’ll certainly be sticking around on my iPad for a little longer.