Battle monsters and score tons of loot in this charming 16-bit inspired adventure.
Illusia is a pretty action RPG that casts players as a Fighter or Magician (it's up to them) as they explore the world of Astaran, which is under attack from a powerful force. Hardcore gamers will appreciate the grind it out play style and wealth of items to use. For everyone else, it's a bit too repetitive to earn must buy status.
Chalk that up to a series of monotonous fetch quests that mostly involve collecting things or killing certain types of creatures. There's also a light amount of backtracking that usually involves running past regenerating enemies that occasionally score some cheap hits along the way.
To make matters worse, the lack of a block button means players will constantly trade damage with bad guys, while imprecise jumping makes reaching new areas (especially under pressure) a chore. The cookie cutter story that fails to thrill makes Illusia even tougher to get through.
The biggest issue, though, is the publisher's decision to charge players to revive their character without penalty. Choose this option, and you must fork over $0.99 per re-spawn; the fact that Gamevil does this, when the game costs $4.99 is ridiculous. On the flip side, you can come back for free at the expense of some experience and gold.
Despite its warts, there's no denying Illusia's charm. The developers at Gamevil clearly had 16-bit adventures in mind while creating it, as the Super Nintendo quality graphics transport us back through time.
In addition, the hack and slash combat is largely satisfying, since fallen creatures leave behind valuable items that come in handy on the battlefield or help earn the player some cash at one of the shops.
Expanding on this feature, Illusia has a plethora of items to buy, including weapons, armor and potions. The sheer number of things to experiment with powers the entire experience, as players spend hours gathering valuable experience points and test-drive the latest gear.
Whether or not you'll enjoy Illusia heavily depends on your genre of choice. If you love role-playing games and enjoy a quality grind, this App delivers. That said, the excessive back tracking and mindless combat were a bit too dry for us.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
What's Hot: Retro style graphics, well drawn characters/environments, tons of items/weapons to buy.
What's Not: Repetitive combat, stereotypical narrative, backtracking, you need to pay for the good revive.