Ravensword by Chillingo is a mission based RPG game for the iPhone that radiates with motion picture quality sound effects and a powerful 3D rendering engine. It delivers smooth gameplay, amazing graphics and a full featured soundtrack. Here’s how the plot begins. You wake up on a bed next to a nurse named Beatrice in Aven Town. A woodsman has found you unconscious, wounded and apparently suffering from memory loss. Your mission starts as you go a journey around town, talking to different people, looking for work, money, weapons, and information as you try to regain your faded memory. To attack and engage in battles, you need to earn weapons such as daggers and clubs from people in the city or buy them from the blacksmith. Defeating enemies often brings you great loot that you pick up as well such as swords and money. There are also useful hidden items that you can find in random places in the city as you discover the vast map in Ravensword.
There is some room for improvement in the character development in Ravensword. You gain experience and gadgets as you go. Unlike PC and console titles, Ravensword keeps things simpler and avoids complex levels of expertise. As you play your bag of items is filled with the items you accumulate. From the bag you can view your money measured in gold, used to buy stuff. You can also trade your belongings with members of the city. Since you lose health in battle, you can buy potions from the Magic Shop that help you get back to full strength. The app shows you your active quests that you can use to earn gold and experience. As you gain more experience your battles start to increase in difficulty.
Game controls are implemented using a d-pad for movement around the city, and soft buttons for attacking and jumping. Swipe the iPhone screen to pan left, right, up and down. Doing this with 2 fingers rotates the camera around twice as fast, great for when you are in battle mode. You can move and rotate your camera view simultaneously, by touching the screen with both hands. There are 2 camera angles in Ravensword. You can switch between first person view, or 3rd person view by tapping the magnifying glass on the top left of the screen.
Overall Ravensword is a terrific hybrid style role playing game for the iPhone, with strengths in the 3D graphics engine, detailed plot and maps, and a terrific music score that creates an overall pleasant playing experience. The price is a bit high but for this type of quality, and over 8 hours of playing time, Ravensword is well worth it and a must have for fans of RPG games on the iPhone.
Here is a video demo of the Ravensword app on the iPhone
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