Stormblades Review: Hack’n’slash in style
Infinity Blade 4 this is not, but Stormblades offers arcade fun for iOS and Android
Stormblades is Infinity Blade-lite – it’s Infinity Blade aimed at casual players, though, not seasoned (virtual) combat veterans like its forebear. There’s no meta-game here, there’s no exploration, there’s no deeper mechanic that made Infinity Blade great; Stormblades is a much more arcade-y affair, a straightforward game that looks great but lacks depth.
Imagine if you took all the one-on-one combat mechanics of the Infinity Blade games and chopped them into an endless runner, and you’ll have a pretty accurate idea of what Stormblades is trying to achieve. Swiping in any direction will attack once an enemy leaps out at you, but you can’t combo, so you’re basically just looking to parry your enemies attacks when they telegraph that they’re about to swing for you. The combat system isn’t even ‘rock-paper-scissors’, it’s one-dimensional and can get repetitive quite quickly.
For a free-to-start game, the economy is surprisingly fair – it doesn’t require you to spend money to advance, and most paid items simply overpower you. For a proper arcade swipe-combat game, you can do a lot worse than Stormblades and it looks fantastic to boot.
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