Celestials AOS (Eternian Chronicle)
iPad App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
If you’re not aware of one of the latest gaming sensations that’s been sweeping the world (Then again, we suppose it’s been more than a few years now) it’s called League of Legends, and it’s epically successful. Offering a combination of RTS and top-down RPG style gameplay, its unique stratagems have been keeping a tight hold on gamers everywhere for a while now.
If you’ve been hankering for a bit of the same action on the iPad, you can now do exactly that thanks to Celestials AoS. from Nooby Island (and aka Celestials: Eternian Chronicle). The app is brilliantly designed, offering an expansive storyline, a wealth of characters called heroes, and enough fun to drown several weeks with. For our full review, check below beyond the break!
Concept and Gameplay
As stated, Celestials takes a lot of its influence from the aforementioned mega-title LoL. However, it is most definitely it’s own entity, offering some unique twists, its own entire storyline (we’ll get there in a minute) and heroes of their own ilk. Even the controls are unique to the iPad (or iPhone) and are as simple to use as tapping on the screen.
So what exactly are you going to get with Celestials? Well, essentially you’ll be getting a mixture of tower defense with top-down RPG play. This means you’ll be using a hero and their team of ragtag units—you get to pick each of these, don’t worry—to fight enemies, ultimately aiming to take down the opponent’s home base. Along the way you’ll use special powerups, potions, attacks, and other items to get the job done.
There’s a lot of strategy involved here, and as each encounter provides you with experience to level up your character along their skill tree, a whole lot of thinking, too. At the end of the day, it’s a delightful mix, and one that any RPG or RTS fan will feel right at home with.
Graphics and Design
We’re huge suckers for the way that Celestials looks, as well. It’s very much inspired by League of Legends and Warcraft, but this is hardly a bad thing. As proven by other titles for iOS, in addition to Celestials, that texture-heavy approach works well on the iPad.
The plot involved with the single player campaign is also deep, rich and entertaining—we truly did not expect this. In other words, the game has been crafted elegantly and with a deft touch.
So why the half a star missing? There’s no multiplayer, yet! We’re told it’s coming, but until then, there’s only so much smashing we can do before we want to do it to some real humans.
All of our griping aside, Celestial is still a phenomenal game, and one we’d recommend to any fan of similar titles. It’s very well designed, excellent to play, and as soon as multi-play hits, the biggest times sink the iPad has ever seen. And we truly mean that.
Celestials AOS requires iOS 5.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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