Revenge, a Dish Best Served 8-Bit
The number of good mobile adventure games has been dwindling in recent years, but with Zane Vengeance Adventure, developer HeavyByte has nailed it. From challenging combat to an expansive and involved world to explore, Zane offers a lot to fans of the adventure genre.
The game does not take long to throw players into the action, but still shows enough patience to allow players the chance to fully adapt. The tutorial mission gives a brief overview of the controls. Players are then able to head out into the world and experience everything the world of Zane has to offer.
The world feels alive with plenty of NPC interactions and a cool, immersive soundtrack that helps set player expectations for the adventure they’re about to begin.
Zane is very reminiscent of classic adventure games and fits in nicely among the other RPGs that Android has to offer. This adds a sense of nostalgia as you dive into the many dungeons that surround the quests in the world of Zane, and meet the many different characters that fill each hub location. Each character you meet has their own unique features and dialogue tree, offering up a fleshed out appearance to every character and location and allowing each town to feel actually lived in.
Within the first few early dungeons, combat grows more difficult, and with limited range of motion when in combat, it can become a real challenge when facing off against multiple enemies.
Zane does give multiple opportunities to upgrade your gear, whether you want more offense or defense. With a couple of sword upgrades and a couple armor upgrades, players will feel comfortable taking on the line ups of enemies that fill each expansive dungeon.
The Down Side
While the game itself flows well and gives players a lot to do, it does not come without some flaws. At times, quests can become confusing as some dialogue suffers due to the title’s poor localization. Those moments can take a player out of the game for the moment, but that seems to only be an issue in the first couple of locales, as the game and the dialogue progresses, the issue seems to fade more and more.
A similar issue cropped up early on when opening the game. There are times the language option would not appear when booting up the game, after closing and reopening the game a couple of times, the options would appear again. Hopefully this bug will be fixed in future updates, as it stands it’s rather annoying.
Obviously, these issues don’t negatively reflect the main core of the game, and do very little to take away from the experience of Zane.
At the end of the day, Zane Vengeance Adventure provides an open world adventure that does not take long to grab a player’s interest and lure them into a detailed and immersive world. With enough locations, NPCs, and enemies to make the world and its many quests feel full and real.
Is It Hardcore?
Zane is a game that can appeal to hardcore gamers and when it needs to be, is pretty hardcore.