Dark Summoner: iPhone Written App Review
In Dark Summoner it’s all about four things: summoning monsters, completing missions, sacrificing the weak to the strong, and waging battle against your enemies. This darkly dangerous iPhone game comes from Ateam Inc. and definitely borders on the creepy side as you traverse and vie for power in a world full of monsters and enemies, where warfare reigns supreme.
Dark Summoner combines elements of several different game types to create one massive, online game platform. You join one of three guilds of monster-breeding evil warlords. Naturally, these three guilds are perpetually locked in an epic battle. The only way to get ahead is to summon your own monster army, then build it stronger than your neighbor’s.
You’ll do that by completing guild missions and battling against your enemies for experience, gold and the occasional surprise item. Dark Summoner has a point system that you’ll use, and a leveling system for yourself and each of your monsters. To help your monsters progress you’ll occasionally toss them one of your less impressive warriors, sacrificing the weak so the strong may survive. There are also items to collect, Dark Lords to conquer and a lot of community driven activity.
It’s all a bit gruesome, to be honest. That’s probably why the game is rated for those nine and up. Some of the monsters in this app are downright terrifying looking. The game itself is laid out logically, thanks to a pretty intense tutorial, but it’s almost a combination of too many features. As a result the game is a bit engrossing, but also a bit confusing.
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As we mentioned earlier, the monsters in this app are pretty dang scary, not to mention detailed and unique. There are more than 350 kinds of monsters in the Dark Summoner app already, and that number is rapidly increasing.
Dark Summoner is also peppered with more advanced graphics and animation, again with a grisly theme throughout, which are really quite remarkably well done. Think of it like an automated, animated game of Magic the Gathering with more blood and guts, and you might be on the right track.
As a result, the app is a bit disturbing. We don’t suggest it for the faint hearted.
While there is an in-app store where you can purchase potions and other items to help you get ahead, you do not have to pay anything to enjoy this game. Dark Summoner is free at the moment, although it looks like that may be a promotion. We suggest moving fast to catch this deal, but still think the app would be worth a few bucks even without the promotion. It’s an interesting platform, with a lot of variety and something a lot of gamers are going to have no trouble getting into. Just be sure to check in the closet and under the bed before you go to sleep.
Dark Summoner iPhone app requires iOS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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