Version Reviewed: 1.1.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Epic Island is the kind of game that you dip in and out of, mostly because there are a heck of a lot of timers to it. That’s a shame as it could be quite fun, but it never feels like you get enough time with it to truly appreciate that.
You control a merry band of heroes as you attempt to clear an island that’s full of monsters. This isn’t done in the conventional way that you’d expect. Instead, you send each individual hero off to fight then wait some time for them to finish the battle. Yes, it’s pretty hands-off. Early battles only take a minute but there are plenty of battles that can take several minutes or even hours to complete.
Once your hero has finished battling it out, you can then tap on their profile to see how they did. Experience and new loot is then gained and the process repeats itself. It’s a little satisfying to gain new loot and see your hero build in power, but it’s all kind of cold in its implementation.
Epic Island goes some way to rectifying this by opening up other options. For instance, you can forge new items and combine ones that you don’t need at the Blacksmith. You can also work towards challenges, unlocking coins and the premium currency (Gems), too. As you progress in the game, arena battles with other players open up, plus you can eventually unlock new areas and pets to help you out.
It’s slow going, though. So very slow going. You’ll be spending a lot of time checking up on your notifications then progressing just a little way before doing it all over again. Epic Island is a great idea, but one that leaves you feeling like you’re never really a part of it. You’re just the caretaker, trying to keep busy.