Brandnew Boy

Brandnew Boy

Teaching a new boy some old tricks

The hack-’n’-slash genre has been around for many years, but so far it’s failed to really work on iPhone or iPad. Part of the problem is in control, and the lack of both buttons and analogue sticks hampers the experience.

However, Brandnew Boy features a control system that is both suited to the simplicity of screen taps and swipes, yet delivers the depth that the genre is known for.

Set in a wacky world where you, a boy with no memories, must battle his way to the truth behind his past – the game looks absolutely gorgeous running in Unreal Engine 3. Moving around the lush world is simple, as you just tap to move to a spot and tap again to stop. When you encounter enemies in the field, simply tap to engage them and tap in time with the battle gauge to string together hard-hitting, death-causing combos.

When normal attacks won’t do, you can tap special move icons to really dish out the pain and keep your combo meter flowing. Victory rewards you with money that can be spent on shiny new weapons, outfits and skills, expanding your combo tree significantly. The depth of gameplay on offer is absolutely superb, bolstered by the fact that even the most intricate of combos can be executed by tapping your device’s screen with just one finger. It’s a formula that many game developers have tried on iOS, but none have nailed it so flawlessly.

Rated 5 out of 5

An absolutely remarkable achievement in a notoriously tricky to get right genre.

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