The Action Role Play Game (ARPG) genre has been one of my
favorite for many years, having spent most of my early 20’s on the Diablo franchise.
Reaper: Tale of a Pale Swordsman combines ARPG gameplay with side scrolling
action reminiscent of Mario, which is no easy feat to accomplish.
The game has been released for both Android and iOS devices
and is available on the Playstore here
and iTunes here.
It requires a small download of 28mb, Android 4.0 and is free to play up to
level ten, at which point you will need to pay R30 to experience the full game.
During my time with the game I used my NexaOrion 10.1 as I picked up my trusty sword and ventured into the world of
the Pale Swordsman…
The Story – An Epic Tale
You awake on an island called the Wilderness which is being torn apart by
a war between the natives and the Imperial Invaders. The natives employ
shamanistic magic to wreak havoc on their foes whiles the resource hungry
Imperial Invaders who make use of their technology to devastate the island.
As the Pale
Swordsman, you are thrown into the conflict between these two factions, taking
on the role of a sword-for-hire to anyone who is willing to pay you. The game
offers you a variety of choices that can alter the outcome of the story as well
as a massive amount of side quests. One of the first choices you will encounter
is that of a wounded soldier on the side of the road. You can either slay the
soldier, taking his gold or you could run to get help, saving the soldier and
receiving another quest from him.
Reaper: Tale of a Pale Swordsman’s main story is
exceptionally well paced, which completely enthralled me with the world and its
inhabitants in my quest to one day become the Black Swordsman and conquer this
beautifully crafted world…
Graphics and Sound – A Beautifully Detailed World
create atmospheric environments the likes of which I have not yet experienced
on a side-scrolling mobile game. Every single level is beautiful and detailed,
while your character as well as the hoards of enemies you face have fluid animations.
Special effects come in the form of glowing objects, mist and spectacular lightning which
help to create an atmosphere like no other.
sound in the game fits in perfectly with the graphics, as every slash of
your might sword sounds and feels powerful. Enemy attacks and death sounds are
expertly done, while background sounds compliment the graphics,
further creating a wonderful atmosphere.
Gameplay and Controls – The Skill
Based Bringer of Death
Reaper: Tale of a Pale Swordsman is one of the few mobile
games I have played that I can truly say tests a player’s skill. The game
achieves this feat by using a gesture based combat system in a fast paced
environment. Touching the left side of your screen makes your character move
forward or backwards, while swiping on the right side in a specific way will
perform a type of attack or jump.
These gestures used to perform attacks come in many forms,
for example swiping up and down slightly above your character will perform high
damage attacks, consuming Rage which you build up with the
auto attack. Tapping quickly above your character will perform a small jump and
an attack which can only be described as a whirling blade of death while
jumping and double jumping is achieved by tapping once or twice further above
aspect of the combat feels fluid and gives the player full control of the
Swordsman’s movements and satisfaction when you complete an era, enhanced by
gold flying from your victim as the enemy is reduced to blobs of blood as you
stand victorious, making the gameplay extremely addictive.
Gold is used
to purchase new items for your character while killing enemies and completing
quests rewards the player with both gold and experience. After attaining a
certain amount of experience your character will level up, giving you three
choices which vary from one level to the next on how you would like to improve
the Swordsman to fit your style or buff up your favorite attack even further,
giving the player a plethora of personalization options while at the same time
not overwhelming you with too many choices at once.
Reaper: Tale of a Pale Swordsman strikes the balance between
an epic story, fast paced combat that requires player skill and graphics that
deliver a superb atmosphere while still incorporating a wide variety of RPG
elements, creating an absolutely perfect mobile gaming experience in the
After completing the game I could not think of one single
problem with it, except for the fact that it is so good it might just be too
addictive, as I proceeded to start the game from the beginning again the next
day and would rather be playing it right now then typing this review. Reaper:
Tale of a Pale Swordsman is a must play game, so go grab your mobile device and
start playing it right now!
Score: 10 /10
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