Cardinal Quest 2 review (iOS / Universal)

March 29, 2014

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10 word description: Turn based hack ‘n’ slash roguelike adventure. 6 classes, 3 Acts.

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10 word review: Astoundingly addictive. Completely unnecessary IAPs. One huge surprise – it’s free.

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You will like this if you enjoy: Rogue style permadeath dungeon crawlers. Streamlined iOS RPGs. Free games that don’t suck.

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The good news: It’s a brilliant rogue style game; one of the best I’ve played, not just for iOS but when compared with any roguelike on any platform. The overall design is great; the way classes, perks and starting gear unlock based on your morale earned in each playthrough is a perfect replay hook. Graphics, well they’re not outstanding but they totally do the job for a game like this. Controls and interface – wonderful. The IAPs (to buy more morale) are completely unnecessary. 

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The bad news: There’s no cloud sync. Portrait orientation only, which is ok but I can see it not suiting a few people.

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Arcadelife verdict: What’s going on? People are starting to release free games that don’t exist purely to milk the gullible with IAPs. This game is great, so great that I feel bad having so much fun with something I got for nothing. I know what you’re thinking – the amount of morale needed to unlock the other classes must be appallingly high. But it isn’t. I unlocked the Thief class after playing 3 quick games on the initial Warrior class. I am now sticking with the thief because it’s bloody brilliant. I assume the other classes will be equally entertaining when I unlock them, but I’m in no rush, certainly not enough of a rush to feel any need to buy morale with real money.

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No timers, nothing that can’t be unlocked through normal play. IAPs purely for the terminally impatient or for those who feel like handing some money over to the wonderful people behind this game.

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Highly recommended with no caveats. Go get it. 

Arcadelife rating

Presentation – 9/10
Visuals – 7.5/10
Controls – 9/10
Content – 9.5/10
Fun – 9.5/10
Final rating – 9/10


Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.2
iTunes link

Cardinal Quest 2 website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
5th gen iPod Touch (iOS 7.1)
4th gen iPad (iOS 7.1)
This review was typed on a Das Keyboard Model S mechanical keyboard – check them out, they’re really rather groovy.

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