Sunday, December 20, 2015

Implosion: Never Lose Hope

Much of my gaming now has switched to mobile. Simply because I own a mac, and am getting too lazy to switch over to XP. Well actually, my own mac has been semi-retired. It's 5 years old and really, very slow. I'm using my dad's mac now, and there's no XP installed here...

So. After struggling with a deficit 4s after my stupid 5s broke down in Jan this year, I finally got my 6s about two months back. Been enjoying my time playing Vainglory and tons of other games... But today I'd like to talk about Implosion. It's picked by Apple as one of the best apps of 2015, and I'd say it really lives up to it's name. (The game is on Google Playstore as well.) Check out their official website here.

I've finished a play through on easy mode, and I must say I've really enjoyed the game. That it is engaging enough for me to finish the entire game says a lot. I'm not particularly good at fighting games since I tend to smash buttons more than strategise... but alas this game had a pretty good difficulty curve. Bosses and enemies (XADA) have their distinct attacks and therefore ways to doge their attacks. Nonetheless sometimes my reaction is just... erm... not very fast. Still, I never had to grind for long. I did grind a little when I got stuck on Goldie, but after reading up about her attacks (yes, I cheated), and re-fitting my Arcs, I beat her with no trouble. (On easy mode that is XD) For the better players, there's a hard mode, and an expert mode unlocks after finishing the game.

The graphics are great, and I like the fluid battle movements. It's not groundbreaking, mind blowing graphics (then again, with all the technological advances already in place, I'm not sure what would blow my mind anymore)... but keep in mind that it's a mobile game. And by mobile game standard, this is pretty darn, solid good. It's certainly miles above your average candy crush, cow farming variety.

What really stood out for me though, is the great storyline. There are RPG games aplenty in the mobile scene, but this is the best storyline I've seen to date. It tells of Earth being invaded by alien lifeforms, and you're the last hope of humanity. Only that they tell it way better, and in a much less cliche way than I do.

You play as Jake, controlling the warmech Avalon. A second warmech can be unlocked once you've enmassed 42 badges - aka achievements from missions. I'm still working on that though. Currently at just 24 badges.

The 'Arc' system. Basically, your equips.

There's alpha, beta, gamma and lambda equips. The lambda equips comes with 1, 2 or 3 skills. Each warmech has their set of unique 6 skills, and each equipment can come with any of the skills. My personal favourites for Avalon are Jagular Rush and Precognition Protocol. Nano Bless is good to have too, and RX-Disintegration is great for levels where enemies have loads of shielding. I've get to get an equip loaded out with my preferred combination of 3 skills though!

Some game play screen shots.

A video of my gameplay. Yes yes... I know I'm not very good at such games. Plus, after having my recording get disrupted three times due to various notifications (some notifications still come on despite the Do Not Disturb mode being turned on... I'm looking at you, Gmail) I was getting pretty darn pissed.

Oh, I've not mentioned this yet... but the guys who made Implosion are the very same folks who made the music hits Cytus and Deemo. Turns out that they make action games really well too! I'd never have guessed! (Oh, and they are Taiwanese too, way to go!)

Right. So that's all for this game! Do give it a try!

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