Let’s just be frank right out the gate.
Gaming on mobile usually comes with a lot of bullshit. And I mean a loooooot of bullshit. You know this. I know this. We all know this. Micro-transactions galore, hollow and uninteresting gameplay, thousands of farm simulators and Clash of Clans clones. It’s a messy landscape where one might not so easily find a quality game.
Well, I’m here to introduce you to Ever Knight. It is definitively – and I mean this – the most badass, addicting and worthwhile mobile game available. In fact, it’s the only game I have installed on my phone right now. Before, I hadn’t kept a mobile game in years, and even then, I would play them sparingly and eventually drop them altogether. A lot of it, I think, was because I consider myself a gamer (PC and consoles), and most mobile games just failed to hold my attention or even gain my initial interest. Honestly, though, it’s really nice to be able to fill down time, either at work or elsewhere, with an easy-to-pick-up game on your phone.
With Ever Knight, by new developer Foolish Mortal Studios, you get not only a fantastic time-filler, but also a polished, refreshing and fun as hell hack’n’slash game that can keep you entertained in short bursts, or hours on end. It brings to the table interesting new fighting mechanics for mobile via swiping left, right, up or down to attack. You’ll plow your way through waves of infinite enemies, gathering coins, besting your high scores, unleashing power-ups and making your way to higher difficulties. The game has honed a perfect formula for progression, simplicity and balls to the wall fun – all of it played out with an exciting retro graphics style and soundtrack. The gameplay is smooth, fast and addicting, with plenty reason to pick it back up over and over again. It features a variety of diverse enemies to face, all ranging in difficulties, movement styles and attacks, forcing you to re-think your approach as you progress farther and farther. You have to think on your feet, as the screen is constantly at a slow scroll downward and the enemies advance in your direction. Think Frogger meets Dynasty Warriors. Or Crossy Road had a lovechild with Dark Souls. If you pause too long while advancing, you’ll be cut down brutally. Continue to gather coins and you’ll save enough to unlock new gear, up to 37 unique pieces currently, consisting of weapons and wearable armor, which will fit you with vastly different perks, impacting your play style and ability to crush the baddies. I’m currently wielding the Death Dealer, which is an axe twice the size of my character, and I’m saving up for the Skycleaver, which can cut through shields. That’s right, it cuts through shields. Keep in mind, I’m not mentioning some of the bad ass armor, like one that generates lighting special attacks, searing everyone in your vicinity. All of it is awesome and there’s a ton of upgrades for you to build your character into an unstoppable force.
I’d like to reiterate that I almost never play mobile games. I just don’t. They always seemed like a gimmick to me. But Ever Knight keeps me coming back. It’s the Great White Buffalo of mobile games. It’s fresh and new, with just enough vibes of familiar classics and the perfect combo in its addicting gameplay and replayability.
When it comes to cons with the game, I struggled to find any. The only thing I can think of is an infrequent unresponsiveness on the gear upgrade menus when scrolling, but that’s a very, very minor hiccup which can easily be fixed.
Bottom line, Ever Knight is a blast to play. It offers limitless replayability, progression with difficulty, high scores and upgradable gear, and a swiping fight mechanic that is ingenious in its simplicity. Whether you’re a casual or hardcore gamer, it offers something for everyone. Developer Foolish Mortal has not only delivered a rare quality mobile game, but also thrown us a bone with a price of $0.99 and no microtransactions or other bullshit whatsoever, so they deserve some praise and support (not to mention it’s only one guy behind it all). If you have a smartphone, you need this game. That’s all there is to it.
Have you guys played Ever Knight? What do you think about it? Let’s start a discussion in the comments!
Author: Austin Adams @IamAustinAdams
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