Arena combat for the fantasy aficionado

While it may look like a sprawling role-playing game from the screenshots that are included on the Spellsword iTunes page this is actually a fast-paced arena combat game, throwing waves of monsters at you across many missions. That said there is plenty here for the role-playing fan to appreciate, such as spending money dropped from monsters on upgrading spells, increasing your life gauge and equipping new gear. At the moment there are only three arenas for you to explore, but each holds many different objectives such as surviving many waves of monsters, defeating bosses and collecting a set number of spell cards to improve your sorcery skills.

Spell cards power up your hero’s Spellsword in a number of different ways. The fire card, for instance, will give your weapon strong attack power while unleashing a barrage of homing fireballs at enemies. The ice card, meanwhile, hurls a blast of razor-sharp icicles across the arena, while the poison card damages enemies over a period of time for a less powerful but more drawn-out attack. Perhaps the most useful, though, is the wind card, which fires a shockwave of air each time you swipe the Spellsword, which is handy for hitting beasts at a distance.

Spellsword gives you a translucent button for swiping the sword and another for pulling off some acrobatic leaps and double-jumps. We did find that amid the chaos it is possible to mess up from time to time due to their small size, leading to cheap deaths. This one gripe aside there is plenty of fun to be had here, even if there is currently a lack of diverse missions and arenas.

Rated 4 out of 5

With some neat retro graphics and solid action, this is good fun for RPG fanatics and, better still, it comes at a very reasonable price.


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