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Aurora Feint The Beginning for iPhone Review

Jul 21 2008, 12:00am CDT | by , in Reviews | Gaming Gear

Aurora Feint The Beginning for iPhone Review
 
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Aurora Feint The Beginning is a fantastic video game and I would have gladly paid money for it. The game makes great and innovative use of the accelerometer inside the iPhone to take puzzle games and turn them upside down (and side to side). The game at first glance looks a lot like Bejeweled that you might have played on the PC.

Gameplay
The game has players matching blocks of the same sort in combinations of at least three, but more blocks can be aligned as well for extra points. You drag the blocks into place in the same row with your finger. Where Aurora Feint The Beginning branches off from any other puzzle game I have played is that you can rotate the iPhone in any direction and the blocks will realign opening up a world of new movement possibilities and helping to drop new blocks down from the bottom of the screen.

The game has three different areas that you play in. One area is called the mine. Here is match three or more of the same blocks to collect that resource. As you collect enough resources in the game you gain levels. When it comes times to gain levels the player can choose to upgrade their tool mastery to make collecting resources faster and easier.

Mining resources gives you crystals that you can spend at the store to buy scrolls or blueprints that you then have to go to the Smith or the Tower to build. At the Smith you match blocks of specific types to get the resources that you need to build the specific blueprint you bought at the store. The tower is different and gives you globes that are colored and a specific amount of moves that you have to destroy all of the globes to be able to learn the spell.

There isn’t really much of a website for Aurora Feint The Beginning. All there is on the website is a link to forums and a video of the game in action. Apparently a future update will activate different weapons and allow players to work in groups for MMORPG style gaming action.

Aurora Feint The Beginning has great graphics and the control’s work very well. I did have a few crashes while playing the game. A few of the crashes simply made my iPhone not respond and then crashed back to the phone desktop. A couple times the iPhone wouldn’t respond and I had to power it off to get the phone working again. Crashes aside the game simply rocks and would have been worth paying for even with some of the features not working. If you are thinking about spending some money on an iPhone game check out Aurora Feint The Beginning, it’s well worth your time.

Verdict

Conclusion

Pros

  • Great graphics
  • Excellent use of the iPhone controls
  • Tons of fun

Cons

  • Game can lock up iPhone
  • Several crashes during testing

Verdict
Despite crashes and some features not working Aurora Feint The Beginning is a fantastic game. If you have an iPhone you need this game.

9.0
10
 
 

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