Bastion for iPad Review – Mobile greatness

On August 30, 2012

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Bastion for iPad Review – Mobile greatness

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By: Warner Bros. Entertainment

Version #: 1.0

Date Released: 2012-08-30

Developer: Warner Bros. Entertainment

Price: 4.99

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Bastion for iPad is a huge multi-platform hit: more than 100 industry awards and available in several platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome, XBox 360.) It is just arrived to iPads all around the world, and our time to test it has come.

I don’t play games on my Mac, so I hadn’t checked Bastion for iPad before playing it on my iPad. I had heard a lot of hype from fellow gamers and industry voices, but I was quite blank about what Bastion was or anything about it. I just knew it was an RPG with good soundtrack and nothing else. So, for a newcomer what do I think?

First let me start with a disclaimer: I don’t fancy RPG games. The closest I enjoy to that genre is classic roguelikes like Nethack or Dungeon Crawl. So… I’m far from the target of Bastion for iPad. As a result, it doesn’t cling for me. But, objectively speaking, the game is superb.

Why? It’s a million small and big things. Animations in Bastion for iPad are incredibly fluid. I love that in games I play, and is the kind of thing that make or break a game immersion. Ever since I played Another World a long, long time ago I’ve loved smooth animations above anything else. Bastion for iPad delivers. The story is also intriguing and engaging, as well as the soundtrack and effects. Controls are pretty good too: even if it can get messy with so many buttons you get used to them pretty quick. Graphics are also beautiful, the scenery (even if isometric does not suit being beautiful) is wonderful.

Drawbacks? Nothing. Except for the fact that I don’t like the genre, Bastion for iPad is solid, not expensive (for such a good game) and is backed by raving reviews by avid fans.

In short: Even if I don’t like the genre, Bastion for iPad is real good. If you enjoy the genre… it is a must.

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:Probably

Learning Curve:Low

Who Is It For:RPG lovers

What I Like:It's beautifully executed

What I Don't Like:I don't like RPG games, so... that's a drawback

Final Statement:Bastion for iPad is a great game

Read the Developer's Notes:
Reimagined for iPad, this award-winning action RPG experience redefines storytelling in games with a reactive narrator who marks your every move!

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The original version of Bastion earned more than 100 industry accolades, including:
- BEST DOWNLOADABLE GAME and BEST DEBUT, Game Developers Choice Awards
- DOWNLOADABLE TITLE of the YEAR, Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences
- BEST VIDEOGAME of the YEAR, Paste Magazine

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Bastion for iPad features all the highly acclaimed artwork, music, and narration that Bastion is known for, along with intuitive touch controls. Explore more than 40 lush hand-painted environments as you discover the secrets of the Calamity, a surreal catastrophe that shattered the world to pieces. Wield a huge arsenal of upgradeable weapons and battle savage beasts adapted to their new habitat. Finish the main story to unlock New Game Plus mode and continue your journey!

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