I installed Archangel when it first touched down a few months ago, but it was put on the backburner following a handful of fairly negative user reviews and a subsequent price drop – now £1.49/£1.24 (App Store/Google Play) instead of £2.99.
Note to self: stop paying attention to other people, you fool. Turns out Archangel is actually pretty good.
In Archangel, we’re tasked with controlling a “celestial being”, the Angel of Justice, as he crawls through 30 dungeons, dealing with a seemingly endless barrage of not-so-heavenly beasts.
In terms of style, Archangel feels almost like an isometric Infinity Blade, though here we’re dealing with hordes of enemies rather than one-on-one combat.
Touch is very much the name of the game, and through a combination of taps and swipes and drawing on-screen shapes, Archangel empowers the Angel of Justice with an impressive array of manoeuvres.
Swiping towards an enemy unleashes a dash attack; swiping towards the Angel of Justice brings up a wall of flame; double tapping is your teleport; drawing a circle around a fallen enemy resurrects him, and makes him your temporary ally; drawing an ‘r’ shape brings down a giant meteor… to name but a few!
There’s also a shop system, inviting you to upgrade the Angel’s sword, shield, armour and pendant (or whatever it is), and if you put together a matching outfit, you get a little boost thingy.
And that’s Archangel in a nutshell. Now I’m duty bound to detail the positives and negatives. Bad news first?
Ok, Archangel does get a little samey after a while, and later in the game there are giant demons that can send you flying off the screen with a single strike. With your lives depleted, you can either start the level over, or pay a small fortune to continue.
Speaking of small fortunes, you’ll quickly find that a lot of the items in Archangel’s store are beyond your reach, though you can top up your funds with in-app payments from 69p to £17.99 (ouch).
On the plus side, Archangel looks seriously good, and keeps things interesting by slowly introducing new spells. There are tons of moves to perform, and lots of stuff to browse through in the store.
All in all, Archangel is a pretty solid dungeon crawler, not quite on the same level as Infinity Blade, but definitely worth a punt if you’re on the lookout for something vaguely similar to play.
- Looks great
- Tons of moves to perform
- Lots of stuff in the store
- Does get a little samey after a while…
- …and incredibly tough
- £1.49 entry fee, with IAPs up to £17.99
Summary: Archangel is a pretty solid dungeon crawler. Not the best thing I’ve played of late, true, but far from the worst.
Developer: Unity Games
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Android requirements: 2.3.3 and up