In the Face of Overwhelming Odds
The undead are on the march. Swarms of putrid husks make their way across the land with nothing able to stand against them. The Church is on its last legs, and the people know they are doomed. It’s only the emergence of unlikely heroes that can turn back the tides and save the world.
Raziel: Dungeon Arena published by Indrasoft is a hack and slash looter with a fantasy setting. It resembles Diablo in atmosphere but still manages to carve out its own identity with its characters and story. The game has you fight through torched villages, abandoned graveyards, and decrepit ruins in pursuit of a way to stop the horde of undead that are terrorizing the land. The question is, which hero will you choose to fight with?
Holding Back the Horrors
The game will have you begin by picking one of three heroes: Alina, the magic-wielding de facto leader of the group; Rock, the no-nonsense gladiator beastmaster; and Vilsack, an undead Elven archer trying to reclaim his memories. Although you can pick only three characters at the beginning, there are three others that can be unlocked. This comes to a total of six heroes available for play.
Once you’ve selected a hero, it’s time to set out and stop the undead from conquering the land. As stated previously, Raziel: Dungeon Arena resembles Diablo in style and tone. The first thing a player will notice when playing is the game’s oppressive bleakness and atmosphere. That’s not to say the game is bland to look at. Every tomb, dungeon, and marsh is crafted with impressive detail. Indrasoft does a fantastic job immersing you in the grim world of Raziel.
The gameplay is fluid as well with the controls being exceptionally easy to use. Depending on which character you choose, different abilities will be available for you to dispatch the undead. In the skill trees you can choose what abilities to focus on. Some can clear waves of undead while others can deliver single, devastating attacks. There’s even a stat chart to see which direction your character is going in damage, critical rates, dodging etc. All of this coming together in a single, satisfying free to play package.
The Icing on the Cake
What makes Raziel: Dungeon Arena worth the download isn’t just the excellent gameplay and atmosphere. It’s the potential of what they have in store after the main quests. While the game has over sixty single-player dungeons to play through, there are also co-op dungeons to conquer once you reach a certain level. If you don’t have any friends on Raziel: Dungeon Arena, you can always join one of the many guilds on the game’s servers. But if you’re looking for a fight, the arena can pit you against other players to see just how strong your character build really is. All of this helps in maintaining a solid reason to invest your time into the game.
A Hauntingly Great Experience
Overall, Raziel: Dungeon Arena is a solid choice for anyone wanting a Diablo-like experience for a mobile device. My only real complaint with the game is often the spoken dialogue will not match the written lines the characters are saying. Making anyone reading along to what’s being said do a double-take as the characters say something else entirely. Even so, this is only a small problem against the overall quality of the game.
It’s clear plenty of effort was placed into making Raziel: Dungeon Arena a place for players to come back to. Paired with some great music, fun gameplay, creepy atmosphere, and potential for multiplayer, the game is a great place to tear through some undead.
Is it Hardcore?
Haunting atmosphere, great story, and fluid gameplay combine to make Raziel: Dungeon Arena a solid single and multiplayer experience.