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IPad Online Games: Aurora Feint 3 Review

iPad Online Games: Aurora Feint 3 ReviewAurora Feint 3 is a free to play online game for iPad, made by “Aurora Feint, Inc.”, and is often called an MMO, but actually it’s more like a “social puzzle game with RPG features”, I’d say. RPG features are that you have a character that gains levels and experience, social part is that you can call upon your Facebook friends (if any play this game) to aid you in battle and also every player’s score goes to leaderboards. The rest of the game is a puzzle. But, considering it’s an iPad game, and it has something to do with social games and RPGs, what an interesting puzzle and a splendid game it is! I sat until 5 A.M. yesterday, unable to stop playing it, so here goes my experience with this game.

You aren’t charged to download the game, and it downloads quite fast, so i assume it has a comparable small client size. Then you have to create an account in OpenFeint (a global network between different games by “Aurora Feint, Inc.”, used for leaderboards, achievements and forum access). The downside here is that you need an internet connection every time you run this game, because it need to login to OpenFeint to let you play, so you can play only in civilized surroundings, so no going to a summer cabin with Aurora Feint 3 in your bag.

IPad Online Games: Aurora Feint 3 ReviewThe graphics of this game are very good – the hand-drawn 2D backgrounds and characters are very moody, and look very nice overall. The music is very moody too, reminding you of the dark forest you play in, and the sound of special effects you hear all the time is not annoying at all, which i appreciated very much. When you enter the game, you are presented with a Tetris-like shape that is getting filled with different types of bricks (they are not “bricks” of course, i’m just not sure what word to use to describe them, well, just take a look at the screenshots), and that is all what this game has in common with Tetris.

You are not just a player, when you just have started, there is a small bit of a story shown to you by a forest fairy (who presents you with a tutorial at first) – you found yourself beaten in the forest and must recuperate fast, because there are many bad fellows who want to beat you again. Not the best story in the world, but for a puzzle game to have any story at all is a plus. So, here comes the RPG part: you have levels, experience points, character stats, health bar and a number of lives. Each time you eliminate a line of bricks you restore some health points.

IPad Online Games: Aurora Feint 3 Review When your health bar is full there comes the combat mode: some thief or other mean character comes to beat you up again. The aggressor has health points too, and you need to defeat him before your own health runs down to zero – you do that by eliminating the bricks too, more bricks you remove = more damage the aggressor takes. You can be defeated by a specially nasty foe, and here what the lives are for: when you are defeated, you can either surrender or use one of your lives to continue the fight.

These lives you can buy for real life money (this is where the micro transactions of this game are hidden) and they let you play faster, because there *are* foes you can’t defeat without them. If you lose a fight, nothing really bad happens, you just start again with your health low, then you are presented with one or two not so mean foes you can easily defeat, and after that the same foe that kicked your ass comes back. I tried to play without paying to see if it’s possible and was beaten twice (so far) by the first Mercenary i met, but as i fight other (lesser) foes, i gain up levels and plan to get my revenge on that mean guy in the end.
IPad Online Games: Aurora Feint 3 ReviewWhen you defeat a foe you are given some experience points, and when the experience gauge is full you gain a level. There’s no points to distribute anywhere, so you just automatically given new stats boosts every time you level up – like, more health or something else. The other stats like luck have something to do with the game mechanics, but it’s hard to notice until you are at least a few levels high. Also, when you’re in a fight, there appears a button “Call to Arms”. By pressing it, you can login to your Facebook or Twitter accounts, and if there are any friends who play this game too, you can call upon them to aid you in the fight. I couldn’t check this out, because none of my Facebook friends play this game yet, so i can’t tell you what exactly happens – but i assume, somehow they help you to deal more damage.

Now, i already said you can gain health and deal damage to your foes by eliminating the bricks. This is the funniest and most interesting part of this game! The bricks move into the screen in a Tetris-like fashion, and you have to move then horizontally to create lines of 3-5 bricks to eliminate them (they’re gone at 3 in line, but you can connect up to 5 bricks). The more bricks you eliminate at a time, the more health or damage points you generate. You can start chains by eliminating several types of bricks one after another to gain even more points, but it’s a tricky business and i am myself not yet any good at that :)IPad Online Games: Aurora Feint 3 Review

Of course, you move the bricks with your fingertip, which is fun in itself. But what’s more fun, if you turn your iPad, the game will recognize that and the gravity inside of it will change too, so “right” becomes “down” (or vice versa) and you can move the bricks in another direction. In health restoring more you don’t need to hurry, but in a fight you’re forced to do that quite fast if you want to win. I had to take short brakes after a long time playing, because my hands grew tired of the business, but it was a very engaging activity.

So, my verdict is – this is a very nice, good looking and interesting game i would recommend to anyone with a taste to puzzle games. Additional bonus is that Aurora Feint 3 is a new game so it gets upgrades and bug fixes quite often. If you have an iPad, you sure need to give a try.

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