If you want to be a hero but you think you might like being a bit of a bad-boy type as well, we have a game which just might suit you. Devilian from Gamevil sends you into battle as a hybrid knight/half-demon. You can switch between the two forms with a button touch. As a knight, you have armor, a sword, and nifty combat moves. As a half-demon, you have armor, talons, and some different nifty combat moves.
Gameplay is combat oriented, and battling is pretty normal—movement pad on the left, big “attack” button on the right, and some small buttons around it for special attacks. Although standard, it brings about my biggest gripe with the game; the joystick button on the left floats a bit. The position of this button can migrate as you play, even to the point where it migrates almost all the way off the screen. This leads to not being able to turn around and move or attack until you reposition the button. Note to developers—keep the darn thing in place!
Now that I got that out of my system, let’s talk about what the game looks like and how it plays.
Devilian is graphically intense; a bit of drainer for your iPhone battery, but it looks very nice. The theme is on the manga side with all sorts of over the top armor, weapons, and creatures.
The descriptions of your equipment are Legendary this, Epic that, and Superduperfantastic other. With all the astoundingness loaded from the start, it’s a bit difficult to get a good visual on the state of your current gear and to appreciate how nice your new stuff looks. No biggie, I guess I like to notice leveling up and gear improvements a bit more.
Moving around and launching your attacks and special attacks is fairly easy (as long as the joystick button is cooperating). The game starts with a few easy rounds so you can find your groove, get some gear, and learn to use the myriad features in the game. The variety of features to manage provides as much play time as running through levels and killing bad guys. If you like feature and gear management this game has it in spades.
Devilian also provides you with plenty of opportunities (i.e., every time you start the game) to buy some kind of upgrade pack or extra stuff to improve your game gear. Some of these bundles are really nice, and really pricey. For a mobile game I can see spending $9.99 for an upgrade pack, but the “Basic Pack IV” at $99.99 seems excessive.
One last feature I’ll address is the Manual Combat/Auto Combat function. If you are doing a little level grinding to gain points and gear and to level your character up I understand why you might want to watch the game and let it do some of the grunt work for you. Personally I prefer a game where I have to actually play to earn the goodies. If you like the auto combat feature it is there for you—to each their own. Besides, there are plenty of levels and you can go back and fight a level again to improve your score or just get a little more play time out of the game.
So Here It Is:
Devilian has a back story with the usual elements: a Captain of the Guard type, heroic guardians, mysterious strangers, and so on. There are plenty of bad guys to fight in several environments. There are a lot of game elements to manage, gear to upgrade, tricks to learn, etc. The levels have enough low level baddies to keep you running, and even those may have a few unpleasant surprises for you to keep you on your toes. The boss at the end of each level will usually have cohorts, so some strategic use of your special attacks is a good idea. All things considered, this is a pretty good game.