LoA – Legend of AbhiManYu for iPhone and iPad is an action packed RPG game based on the Indian epic called “Mahabharata”. The game is set in a battlefield , as a civil war has started between the Pandava brothers and their stepbrothers, the Kaurava.
To understand the battle scene it’s important to follow the initial cinematic scenes that explains the story and sets the object of the game. The battlefield is huge in LoA as it stays true to the epic tales.
You play as Abhimanyu who is skilled in archery and sword fighting and enter the “Chakravyuha” to fight hoard of enemies and boss levels. The “Chakravyuha” – battle formation adds a unique twist and complexity to the gameplay which makes it exciting and challenging.
The “Chakravyuha” was designed by Drona, the smartest tactician on the Kauravas side. This formation is the trickiest part of the battle as it constantly rotates and engulfs anyone who enters. As per the Indian epic the formation consisted of 20 times of 21,870 chariots, 21,870 elephants, 65,610 cavalry and 109,350 infantry. The game features mud soldiers to depict the “Chakravyuha” as it would be technically impossible to render that many objects on a mobile device. However, it would have been nice to see some variation to depict the elephants, and cavalry as well.
The 3D graphics in LoA – Legend of AbhiManYu for iPhone and iPad are impressive. You interact with your character by directing the chariot, dodging enemy attacks, engaging in sword slashing and freezing the time as you pick your shot with the bow and arrow.
The Indian contemporary art used for the different elements of the game adds more depth to the overall story. LoA features great graphics but most of the times the battlefield is covered in dust storm which prevents you from enjoying the battlefield environment.
Enemy attacks in melee formation as you eliminate one, new ones pop up. The enemy can engage you in sword fight, shoot arrows from a distance, throw flaming spears or use their demigod powers.
The onscreen controls work well, however I found them to not be extremely responsive at all times. Panning the view of the battlefield felt a bit laggy and often required more swipes than necessary. Also, when using the archery skill taking a shot sometimes took several taps to lock on the target.
If you wanted to get your hands on a hack n slash action adventure game that also lets you practice archery and ride a chariot then look no further. Legend of AbhiManYu brings freshness to the 3D action-adventure genre, it is available to download from the App Store for $4.99.