I should be writing an essay. I should be doing my math homework.
I am not.
Instead I’ve clocked over 30 hours on my Android tablet playing Destinia by Gamevil Inc.
Destinia is easy enough to pick up and play. I picked the warrior class, and after the intro story, I began hacking and slashing my way through the fields and dungeons. The animations are fun and colorful, with giant bold type giving you satisfying feedback on the amount of damage you land on an enemy. The game uses haptic feedback as well, making it easier to get lost in the game as if you’re playing with a console controller.
The game controls themselves are smooth. The D-Pad on the touch screen works fine, but on my tablet it’s right above the home key. This lead to me exiting the game unintentionally more than a few times, but once I was aware of it I was able to keep my thumb from going too low. The action button on the right serves for your basic attack and for picking up items dropped by enemies. So as you’re slashing away, you can easily grab the gold and prizes on the ground. You have ten customizable hotkeys (two rows of five able to be toggled by a button above the row) that you can fill with special attacks and restoration items that arc around the action button. My problem with these is that the attack icons aren’t distinct enough. If you forget what you’ve assigned and you can’t quite tell what the attack/power up is doing, you have no good way checking and you just have to re-assign your hotkeys all over again.
The better news is there’s lots of customization to be had. Hundreds of weapons and armor pieces which can be enhanced with different orbs and gems. You can break down items into their components and craft new ones from recipes you collect. Talent trees allow you to develop and attribute points to spend.
And pets! You find eggs and they hatch into pets. At first my pet seemed to be doing nothing at all. It wasn’t holding me back, but it didn’t seem to be helping. I wouldn’t realize until later their real purpose.
After you beat the base game (around 30 hours), it sends you back to the beginning and you start again in “hard mode.” Doing this gives you the opportunity to continue leveling up and getting better equipment and items. The game is addictive enough to make me actually want to speed my way through hard mode and complete it a second time.
It’s at this point that I decided to go back to the menu and find out what the Multiplayer option is all about. It’s pretty simple, you’re paired randomly with another player online of the same level as you. The two of you are thrown onto a stage from the game, and you just go at it like it’s a boss fight. As I try this out, I finally see my pet DO something. Apparently the pets main purpose is to assist in the multiplayer. After taking it around all the dungeons with you, it’s gained experience from being there. Now it puts that experience to work attacking your opponent and their pet. Your pets can also be evolved by sacrificing another pet to it. Kinda messed up. What’s more messed up, is that this process auto saves, and has the possibility of failing. So far my attempts to evolve my pets have failed the majority of the time, costing me at times some pretty powerful sidekicks. Whenever you forge, upgrade or evolve something, the auto save is basically telling you, “no take backsies.” In every game I play these days, I always save before making a major choice, or taking a major risk. So worst comes to worst, you just turn off the game and go back. No harm no foul. Destinia says, “no,” no cheating for you. You have to live with the consequences, for better or worse. It’s frustrating, but I respect it.
I love Destinia. I definitely recommend it. You can find it for both Android and iOS. However, it is Free on Google Play, where as you have to pay $0.99 on the App Store. For you Apple users, it is worth the dollar. In both versions there are coins you can purchase with real money to buy premium items. These items seem to be mainly useful in the multiplayer matches. I don’t normally spend money on these kind of things, but I have a feeling once I reach level 99… I’ll be throwing some cash Gamevil Inc’s way. I’d like to feel that they’ve earned it.