The Ninjabot

Categorized | Games

Infinity Blade for iOS is Free For a Limited Time!

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 7:16 pm by Amanda Andonian

Infinity Blade

If you’re a fan of iOS games, then I have a HUGE treat for you. Epic Games announced today that because it’s being featured as the App of the Week, they’re setting the price of Infinity Blade to the low, low price of FREE!!! This is a pretty big deal for this game because it usually runs at $4.99 or something on iOS, so now’s the time to get on the Infinity Blade bandwagon.

Not convinced? Check out my Infinity Blade review below that I previously published to my personal blog, AmandaAndonian.com, and then just go download it. You can’t beat free, and this is an amazing game that everyone with an iPhone or iPad should own.

Infinity Blade Review

I started the app to a beautiful, sweeping scene of a tower and knights and a mysterious God King who eviscerated me almost immediately. Admittedly, I was peeved. What the heck was I supposed to do? I just learned how to block. But this is all part of the story of (the?) Infinity Blade. The next scene sweeps over the outside of the tower and settles on the solitary form of what looks to be your character, who’s somehow regenerated? But no, it’s his son! (dun dun dun!) He vows vengeance, and then the game begins in earnest.

I had no idea what to expect from Infinity Blade since I hadn’t read anything about it despite the fact that it’s been out for so long, and I’m so glad I went in without knowing anything. The process of figuring out how things work within the game really is an act of discovery that I enjoyed a great deal. The controls are pretty intuitive, so you don’t need a whole lot of instruction, and the developers really stripped down those instructions a lot, so I felt pretty well immersed in the game from the beginning.

infinity blade

Using magic in battle.

One thing that surprised me quite a bit was how quickly one play-through of the game is. Once you get the hang of things, you can get through the “whole” game in about 20-30 minutes. However, it doesn’t really end there. It’s CYCLICAL! Every time you fight the God King, you either lose and he kills you, stealing your essence/abilities; or you defeat him, and then something mysterious happens to you that you don’t really see but involves alien technology!!! Nice job, Epic Games–you’ve masterfully interconnected two genres, fantasy and sci-fi, which I cannot resist. When the game starts again from the beginning, it’s still your son, vowing vengeance. He doesn’t know that you won or lost, only that you never returned.

I cannot overemphasize how much I love that about this game. Maybe I’m easily impressed, but I thought that this was a genius way on the part of Epic Games to build in replayability while still creating the illusion that you’re just continuing along one story line (or bloodline, as they call it). Some people don’t really like this, feeling as though it’s just the same game over and over, but I have more of an imagination, and I love that it’s the story of this cycle of training, confrontation, and defeat that never ends. Even when you do defeat the God King, you just become the God King yourself!

infinity blade

Maaan, I really liked that shield.

It’s not all sunshine and roses, of course; I’m not crazy about the way that XP and inventory items are handled. You gain XP from the battles, but you only earn the points that can go towards the mastery of your equipped items. So if I’ve already mastered my sword or shield, then I can’t earn anymore XP on those items, and I’ll lose those points at the end of a battle. This kinds sucks to me because if I like using a certain item, then I have to decide whether the XP or the use of that item is more important–I can’t just stick with the items that I’ve grown attached to.

Obviously, forcing this choice upon you is the point. It ensures that you spend the money you earn within the game to buy new items to master, thus increasing your XP gain so you can level up. That doesn’t mean I have to like it! In any case, I love this game and will continue playing over and over until I get sick of it.

    Sharing the Legacy on Flickr

    See all photos

    Tweets