ReviOUYA Review #29 – Reaper

Reaper: Tale of a Pale Swordsman is an Action RPG made by the UK-based developer, Hexage.  The game takes place in a fantasy world where the Imperial Army is trying to take control of a land filled with magic wielding inhabitants, resulting in a war that has ended in a stalemate.  The Pale Swordsman wakes up from his sleep from the cave and starts his journey from there.

Graphics: 9/10

Everything is beautiful in this game, from the world map to the character and enemy designs.  The character animations are fluid while the character designs are well stylized.  The fact that everything, including the foliage follows the same style, gives it a very polished look and feel which adds to the immersion of the game.  This game runs fluidly from beginning to end as well.  There are no framerate hiccups at all throughout the game and everything just feels as smooth as butter when playing.  The only problem seen was that it can be hard to tell what is background and what is an obstacle.  Aside from that, this is a very beautiful, solid looking game.

Watch me slice your face off! (Note: onscreen buttons are not in the official game)

Sounds: 8/10

The music is real easy on the ears, which can be both a good and bad thing in this case.  During the battle scenes the music playing simply doesn’t feel like battle music.  It doesn’t make it bad music by any means, but merely unfitting.  Otherwise, the music is great to listen to while playing.  The sound effects to help the immersion of the game as well, the slicing the chopping and the killing of all enemies feels so satisfying with the sound effects in tact.

Gameplay: 8/10

Basically, you traverse the map, and take on quests.  Obviously, the more quests you take, the more the story unfolds.  Each quests consist of beating the crap out of the enemy, which may seem simple, but gets quite difficult in a steady amount of time.  The game gradually gets harder without any ‘jumpy’ transitions (meaning easy to hard in no time flat).  The game eases you in to tougher difficulties the more you progress, which makes the gameplay much more enjoyable.  The battles are side scrolling, so going from one side to the other killing off everything in your path  There are new weapons to acquire from stores, as well as armours and accessories. As well, when you level up, you get to choose what skill to upgrade via tarot cards.  This is a neat way to upgrade.  Overall a very pleasant experience with Reaper.

Overall:

Reaper is an extremely fluid, well done Action RPG, with a gorgeous polish to it, topped of with easy to listen to music, and fun and increasingly difficult gameplay.  It is certainly worth the time to be put into it to watch the story unfold and the game get progressively harder and much more exciting.  The game itself consists of 3 payment packages.  These are the 3 Editions that can be purchased:  The Adventure Edition which is just the full game, the Destiny Edition which is the adventure edition plus Torken Arena (survival mode) Fortune Teller, and Destiny Item set.  The Dark Legend Edition contains all mentioned, plus the Dark Item Set, Dark Side Quest, and Dark Harvest Mode.  This game is completely worth the money spent.

Graphics: 9/10
Sounds: 8/10
Gameplay: 8/10
Overall: 8/10

Push Reaper on to your OUYA now! – Free to Try: Top price $4.99

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