The concept behind the TouchArcade Sport of the Week is that each Friday afternoon we submit the one sport that got here out this week that we predict is value giving a particular nod to. Now, earlier than anybody goes over-thinking this, it doesn’t essentially imply our Sport of the Week choose is the best scoring sport in a evaluate, the sport with the most effective graphics, or actually every other quantifiable “greatest” factor. As an alternative, it’s extra simply us selecting out the one sport out of the week’s releases that we predict is probably the most noteworthy, stunning, fascinating, or actually every other onerous to explain high quality that makes it value having in case you have been simply going to select up one.
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With out additional ado…
I had by no means even heard a peep about Battle Hunters ($5.99) when it arrived out of nowhere on the App Retailer late final week, nor had I heard of developer Section Two Video games. Because it seems, this can be a two-man operation made up of builders from IronMonkey Studios, who have been purchased out by EA in 2010 after which cast with Firemint when EA picked them up in 2011 to create FireMonkey Studios. Now they’ve struck out on their very own as Section Two, working for the previous few years on Battle Hunters, motivated by “desirous to make a sport that we wish to play” on cellular that’s devoid of adverts, IAP, and pay to win mechanics, and for my part they’ve completely nailed it.
It is a fantasy-style RPG with semi-real-time fight that’s similar to the battling mechanics within the Battleheart video games. You management a celebration of three characters, and when you choose an enemy for a sure character to assault they’ll robotically hack away at them till the enemy dies, you die, otherwise you select a unique motion for them. It’s semi-real-time as a result of the motion will pause so that you can make these choices to your characters, and the fight in Battle Hunters straddles an ideal line between being chaotic and managed on the similar time.
The completely different characters are the actual star of the sport although. Throughout your adventures you’ll come throughout increasingly character sorts who will be a part of your plight, and you may combine and match any three of them at a time to kind your lively get together. Additionally just like the Battleheart video games these characters all have extraordinarily distinctive assault sorts and particular talents, and it’s quite a lot of enjoyable to mess around with the make-up of your get together and check out completely different builds, so to talk.
There’s a narrative tying every part collectively and providing you with a motive to exit and threat your life battling all method of creepy enemies, and as you discover the sport’s world you’ll come throughout completely different puzzles to unravel that’ll open up new areas and naturally a lot of treasure and gadgets. One factor I’d like to have seen is a few type of improve system for gear and gadgets, however there may be some average stat upgrades to your characters and new particular talents to unlock so there’s nonetheless a pleasant sense of development past simply advancing the story.
Battle Hunters has a really “made by two folks” selfmade really feel to it, and I imply that in a great way. Its graphics are fairly easy however character and enemy designs are implausible, and the world is vibrant and crammed with fascinating nooks and crannies to discover. Although it’s very a lot influenced by Battleheart’s groundbreaking fight mechanics, Battle Hunters very a lot looks like its personal factor and it’s not typically you get a full-blown RPG that’s tailored for cellular that you would be able to merely purchase as soon as and play to your coronary heart’s content material with none shenanigans. Individuals in our boards have been loving this one all week, and whereas there’s definitely some room for enchancment, Battle Hunters is among the extra surprisingly gratifying authentic cellular video games I’ve performed this yr.