Exitium review (iOS / Universal)

August 19, 2011

“It kills me not to know this but I’ve all but just forgotten
what the color of her eyes were and her scars or how she got them”

10 word description: Action RPG; 4 classes; online market; create & upgrade items.

She's cute, but tougher to play than the melee classes

10 word review: Impressive, fun and colourful with plenty to see and do.

If they attack in a straight line you'll be fine...

You will like this if you enjoy: Fantastic Knight, Wild Frontier, Zenonia, Queen’s Crown.

Everything is sharper and prettier on the iPad, apart from the fairly dull location names...

The good news: A large world filled with plenty of things to see and kill. 4 distinct characters to play, with diverse skills, stories and motivations. Graphically impressive, lots of nice effects. Deep and fairly complex item creation and upgrading. Online mail system to trade items. Loads of quests and a good quest log. Clear map and inventory screens. Decent controls.

Pretty, but with high INT too. What are the chances?

The bad news: Not necessarily bad news, but many of the quests are the kind we all know and love – kill x number of scorpions, collect x number of snake skins, etc. In its defence, the quest descriptions and associated dialogue are well written and at least an attempt has been made to add some story to even the most mundane “go fetch” starter quests. Targeting can be quite tough for ranged (magic) classes, particularly versus fast moving enemies that get up close quickly and force you into a melee fight where you do very little damage. Skill points are automatically allocated at level up, removing a significant avenue of character customisation.

There goes the 4th wall

Arcadelife verdict: It’s a full-featured, polished and entertaining action RPG. There’s a lot to do and you’re never going to be short of enemies to slaughter. Arguably, it’s only a minor evolution of the gameplay in Fantastic Knight, but that’s hardly a criticism as that was a very good game.

Overall, we’re hardly short of choice when it comes to action RPGs on iOS devices and this is one of the easier recommendations for fans of the genre. If you’re lucky enough to have both an iPhone/iPod and an iPad, install this universal game on both devices and play two different characters. There are enough differences in skills and story for it be very worthwhile. Plus, the game does look great on an iPad screen.

Here's another iPad screen

Arcadelife rating: 89/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0.2
iTunes link

Minoraxis / Exitium website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 4.3.5)
iPad (OS 4.3.5)

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