If you’re looking for an engaging battle on the iPhone, Kim Kyoung Min’s iChallenger is probably for you. In this iPhone app, you’re an armored warrior attempting to defeat whomever and whatever comes your way. There are three modes to enjoy: Story (in which the game has to be won in an hour), Survival (in which enemies keep coming at you continuously), and Rush (in which there are flying weapons to account for). In all modes, you have similar armor and weapons, both of which you can lose in attacks.
To attack, just tap one of the last three buttons on the lower right-hand corner, and your fighter will swing his sword accordingly. Slide your finger up and down near the fighter to raise and lower his shield; tilt the iPhone to move forward or back. If you connect multiple times and create combos, you up your skill level (the first button on the lower right-hand corner) and then can upgrade your weapons or armor. The type of opponents you will face will vary depending on the mode, but you eventually end up facing another warrior–this is a lot more challenging than simple forest animals, as you have to react to his moves. Each time you get hit, your armor or weapons are damaged; when they get too damaged, they fall off and you’re much more vulnerable.
iChallenger’s graphics and designs are extremely well-done; sharp and original, fans of Cartoon Network’s Samurai Jack or anime will love it. The gameplay and physics are very smooth and responsive; in fact, there are almost too many factors to keep track of, which means it’s perfect for arcade goers or gamers used to handling a million controls at once (the replay screen is a nice nod to arcade games). There is only background music in the menu area (and it’s epic, of course), and then it’s just sword sound effects and grunting; there doesn’t seem to be an options menu to turn them off, but they shouldn’t be too distracting. iChallenger will require a couple of tries before you get the hang of it, but the fast-paced action and colorful graphics will become addicting. There is a free version to try if the $2.99 price tag is a bit hefty, but you won’t be sorry you tried this game.
Here is a video demo of the iChallenger app on the iPhone
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