Science & Magic
A post-apocalyptic world where technology combines with fantasy as naturally as the rising sun. AbyssWalker from 9SplayDeveloper is a gorgeous RPG filled with all manner of things to do. Maybe even too much. Pick your avatar and travel across beautiful cities and villages. Along the way, meet allies and fight enemies. Between the main storyline and side quests, players will find an engaging, though dizzying, experience.
Before playing, you choose between a male and female avatar. Though there are limited customizations, like eye color, their physical appearance isn’t important. It’s just for fun. Your character is a bounty hunter, tasked with finding an important object. However, the mission stalls after the Imperial Army attacks a village. You are then dragged into a war between the army and a rebel group, the Ravens. Tap the quest button to follow the main storyline and meet important NPCs like Erika, leader of the Ravens.
You can choose to fight manually by tapping the sword and gun icons. Or watch your character battle automatically. The same goes for special abilities, which regenerate over time. Some groups of enemies can be fought almost endlessly, as they keep respawning. Others, like bosses, stay defeated. Enemies include army troops, mech suits and monsters such as dragons. Every fight earns numerous reward types.
It’s easy to level up in AbyssWalker. Every time your avatar kills an enemy, they earn EXP, gold, and better equipment. Use gold to enhance your gear and fighting power. Certain levels, with enough EXP, unlock special rewards. For example, a pet dragon at level 45 and a mount at level 50. Once the mount is unlocked, tap its icon to ride it around the expansive world. The mount looks like the Chocobo from the Final Fantasy series, though in AbyssWalker it’s introduced as a Dodo Bird.
Whether a lush forest or a massive city, the graphics are a sight to behold. The gorgeous backgrounds reminded me of both the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts series. The developers clearly put a lot of time and effort into their design. I just wish they’d done the same with the female characters. The game is pretty to look at, but not without its faults. Though character outfits are unique and interesting, the women’s are needlessly revealing. For example, the female avatar has a skirt that barely covers anything. Plus, her exposed chest has boob physics. The male avatar is fully clothed, of course. Also, the screen is annoyingly overcrowded with sales, notifications and other icons. It’s almost like playing with tunnel vision and there’s no way to change it.
The Future is Fantasy
Though a bit crowded and impractical in areas, AbyssWalker is a decent enough game to keep players entertained. It’s easy to level up your avatar, travel around the world and fight enemies in your way. The graphics are stunning and the post-apocalyptic aspect is more in the background. I do wish the women had more practical clothing and the screen wasn’t so clogged with buttons, however.
Is It Hardcore?
Beautiful backgrounds and easy gameplay can barely make up for the women’s revealing outfits and annoyingly crowded screen.