Ex­iles

Much ado about the fi­nal fron­tier

Mac Format - - RATED | IOS GAMES -

£3.99 De­vel­oper Cres­cent Moon Games, cres­cent­moongames.com

Works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Ver­sion 2.2

The year is 2375, the place is a planet far, far away, and your mission is to take down a cor­rupt gov­ern­ment. That means trekking through vast 3D space deserts, in­fil­trat­ing space bases and shoot­ing down space beasts, but also rid­ing around on hov­er­bikes and con­trol­ling mechs.

If that sounds great, it’s a shame that, whether fol­low­ing the main story or veer­ing away, there’s so lit­tle to do or find. There’s al­ways a gi­ant worm or two to shoot, but side mis­sions are few and far be­tween.

The con­trols are too fid­dly for com­bat pre­ci­sion, but at least it’s easy to beef up stats so you can stand and shoot from afar. There are sev­eral weapons to play with, but the most fun is found briefly in the punchy gi­ant mech.

The role-play­ing side is limited to rais­ing weapon dam­age and at­tributes, while the lack of a map sys­tem makes it easy to lose your way. It’s over­sights like that which limit the mo­ti­va­tion to ex­plore be­yond the main story. Si­nan Kubba

A strong open world with plenty of thought put into the de­tail, but one that’s ul­ti­mately far too un­re­ward­ing to ex­plore.

Ex­plor­ing on your hov­er­bike is fun. Shame you’ll mostly be off it, as it’s hard to hold on to.

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