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Book of Demons: Tablet Edition review

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By Campbell Bird on February 14th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: MOBILE DIABLO
Book of Demons: Tablet Edition is one of the finest action rpgs on mobile.
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Book of Demons Open Beta Impressions

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 29th, 2020

I recently came across a beta test for a game called Book of Demons: Tablet Edition, which aims to bring some Diablo-like action to your iPad, and it’s shaping up to be something you might want to look out for. It’s a sort of stripped-down action rpg where you play as one of three classes and venture as far as possible deep into a dungeon whilst making occasional return trips to town to heal up, identify new gear, and purchase other upgrades before going back to battle.

Book of Demons seems to be very aware that it’s borrowing heavily from a tried and true playbook, but the game also goes out of its way to make unique design choices. Most of these changes operate to make Book of Demons a much more mobile-friendly experience. Heroes move along linear, restricted pathways, for example, and you can pick up items or attack enemies from these pathways, even if those things aren’t directly in line with you. The game also has its own “Superhot Mode” that pauses the action any time you aren’t moving your character or making them attack.

Another fascinating design choice is how Book of Demons allows you to pick and choose the length of your play session. Using the Flexiscope™, players can elect to take on quests of five different sizes, ranging from “very small” to “very big.” For each size increase, you’ll take on more floors of the dungeon for greater rewards, but that will also require more time from you to complete. I’m not really sure I can say whether there are meaningful gameplay ramifications for using different sizes on the Flexiscope™, but having a time estimation for your play sessions is nice information to have regardless.

When you first start playing Book of Demons, you only have access to a single class: the warrior. It doesn’t take too long to unlock the additional rogue and mage classes though. These archetypes act almost exactly the way you’d expect them to, though the game does have an interesting system for balancing gear usage vs. spells which can take some getting used to. Specifically, every character in Book of Demons has a certain amount of mana, and that mana determines both which spells you can equip and the kinds of gear you can put on your character. As a result, it makes sense to build characters with a good balance of hit points and mana to make sure you can use abilities and equip loot to make your hero stronger.

In this beta state, Book of Demons does have a few odd issues that hopefully get straightened out by launch. Most of the problems I’ve encountered so far pertain to the game’s card system. Sometimes when equipping cards, particularly spells or items, they appear behind another UI element, which makes them really hard to see and trigger. Also, there’s a button you can press to bring up a list of equippable cards, but tapping this button also changes between loadouts that you can customize and switch between. This can make card management quite annoying.

Perhaps the strangest thing about Book of Demons though is its startup screen. Upon booting up the beta, you can see seven different pedestals with books on them, and only one of these books is for Book of Demons. The remaining six pedestals are empty, but there is an implication that other games might stand on these some day, particularly because the title above these pedestals reads “Return 2 Games.”

Although Book of Demons appears to be the only game developer Thing Trunk has worked on, it seems they have plans to bring six more games along with it. Given the relatively high quality of Book of Demons in this beta state, I’m excited to see what other games Thing Trunk might bring to mobile, or elsewhere.

These are definitely the top 5 best iPad and iPhone games like Diablo

Posted by Harry Slater on October 3rd, 2018

Diablo often feels like Blizzard's forgotten child. World of Warcraft keeps ticking over with new updates, Overwatch is doing brilliantly in the eSports arena, as are Hearthstone and Starcraft 2. But what of poor little Diablo?

Well, there's a version of Diablo 3 coming out for Switch next month, but there rarely seem to be rumblings about the game getting a sequel. And a mobile version? I don't think anyone's ever even tried to rumble about that.

So we decided it'd be a good idea to write a list of the best games like Diablo for iPhone. That way you can get a little taste of dangerous dungeoneering without having to dig out a console or turn your PC on.

If you think we've missed anything out, feel free to let us know in the comments section at the bottom of the article. And hit that click on this link to check out all of the other awesome lists on the site.

Cat Quest review

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By Campbell Bird on August 10th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: LITTERED WITH CHARM
This action RPG takes some tried-and-true mechanics and turns them into a cute, cuddly, and very satisfying experience.
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Hearthstone celebrates Diablo's 20th anniversary

Posted by Jessica Famularo on December 29th, 2016
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Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: PERFECTLY (WAR)CRAFTED :: Read Review »


Diablo celebrates its 20th anniversary on December 31, and Blizzard is planning on going all out to commemorate the occassion with a series of events in a number of Blizzard games. Diablo, over its long lifespan, has cemented itself as one of the most iconic games in industry history. Fans will be treated to special content and limited-time items in Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Starcraft II, World of Warcraft, Diablo II, and, of course, Hearthstone to commemorate the event.

Heroes of Incredible Tales review

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By Campbell Bird on July 26th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: DIABLO CLICKER
Do you like grinding out gear to make some numbers go up? This flashy, free-to-play action rpg offers up plenty of that, but little else.
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Adventure Company review

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By Campbell Bird on June 20th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FLOATY ADVENTURERS
This free-to-play action-rpg has some compelling progression hooks but difficult controls.
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Nonstop Knight review

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By Campbell Bird on June 11th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ONCE YOU POP THE DUNGEON DON'T STOP
Is a dungeon crawler that plays itself even worth playing? This game says yes.
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How does Titan Quest on mobile stack up against the PC original?

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 19th, 2016
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Titan Quest is an action RPG not unlikeDiablothat's set in the world of ancient Greek mythology.

Originally released on the PC back in 2006, Titan Quest has undergone quite a few changes to make it onto mobile. Here's how the mobile versionstacks up to the excellent PC original.

Blade: Sword of Elysion Review

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By Campbell Bird on September 24th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SHALLOW DUNGEONS
This Diablo-like is kind of interesting, but is a little too rough and shallow to feel worth sticking with.
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Spirit Lords Review

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By Campbell Bird on April 20th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PUZZLE & DIABLO
This free-to-play dungeon crawler has a fun art style, a remarkable attention-to-detail, and borrows mechanics from "gacha-style" titles.
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KingsRoad Review

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By Jennifer Allen on January 15th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIMPLE FUN
It's simple and far from innovative, but KingsRoad is a fun way to spend some time, hacking n slashing.
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Gemini Strike Review

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By Jennifer Allen on September 5th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: LOOT FOCUSED SHOOTING
Shoot everything and loot everything in this entertaining vertical shoot em up.
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Mother of Myth Review

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By Blake Grundman on May 29th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GODLY GOODNESS
Dungeon crawling invades Greek mythology in this entertaining action RPG outing
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Eternity Warriors 3 Review

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By Jennifer Allen on January 14th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SHALLOW YET SATISFYING
Eternity Warriors 3 might be shallow and very familiar, but that doesn't stop it from being a fun Diablo-style action RPG.
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