So Robot Entertainment came out with a PC port for their iOS game Echo Prime. In this game you will be playing the part of an Enforcer who somehow survives an attack that should have done everyone in. You are saved by an Echo. Now this time around Echoes are other worldly beings that come from all over the galaxy/universe, and are here to help augment their powers with yours to allow you to survive and take on all that seems to be threatening not only you but the echoes as well.
Graphically I have to say that I'm impressed with this port. I'm not sure if they had to do a major overhaul to get this game up and running on the PC, but I have to say that this game looks like it belongs on the PC. The best part of the graphics of the game, in my opinion is the fact that the weapons and armor that you will be equipping are actually shown on your character. There are too many games that try to do a generic set of armor for specific levels of items, and it is refreshing to see that level of detail go in to the game. The other thing is that I liked the different looks of the areas I had to battle through, there was a subterranean feel to some levels, different space ships, lab facilities, and even an ice planet feel. The other thing was the amount of enemies and the subtle, yet deadly changes that come with them.
All the music in the game felt like it belonged in a space themed game, but there was enough variety to not make the music monotonous in the background. Now of course since this is a port of an iOS game, I'm not surprised that there were no voices added to the game, would it have been a nice extra bonus, sure, but it really wasn't needed as the focus was where it needed to be in this game, the combat.
So the controls of the game had to be pretty simple. You are going to use the mouse to click to where you want to move. You are going to use the mouse to select an enemy to attack, if you hold the mouse button down you are going to keep attacking that enemy until it is dead. If you hold down the left shift you can stay in place and just attack. You are going to have the chance to have up to 6 different hotkey actions if you would like, though most of those aren't going to be an option until you are a good chunk into the game. Now of course one of the REALLY REALLY nice things about this game is that you have the ability to re-map the entire setup, so if you feel that you would play better with different buttons to dodge (that's WASD by the way), or perhaps you would like to have your hot keys closer you can do that too. Oh and of course you are going to need to master the blocking mechanic in the game, that's set as the right mouse button. If you can do it at the right time you can take no damage or you can reflect a shot.
I am going to come out and say it right off the bat, I have played WAY too much of this game, I should have written the review of this game quite a while ago, but I was having so much fun trying to collect over 60 different echoes, each with different abilities, some with passive abilities, some with active abilities, and of course a couple that had one of each. There are a hefty number of side (optional) missions that you can go on, I have played through almost every single one of them, and you will find that there's even a ton of items to really spec out your character.
Speaking of items and echoes, there's an interesting dynamic at play with this game, if you want to really power up all your echoes as fast as possible, and perhaps find them faster, you are going to want weaker armor and weapons. The reason is that after so many kills you are able to attune that item and it will either increase the experience of an echo, or introduce you to a new one. Now every echo only has one level and once you have surpassed it they will just generate you money. At the end of missions is when you can do the regular leveling up if you wish to take that path. There's also an enhancement option that allows the echoes to level up faster and produce more currency. The best part is that NONE of it is microtransaction driven.
So here's the deal, you need to get this game. If you like hack and slash games, you are going to need to add this to your collection stat. Are the fighting mechanics the tightest? No they are not, but you have to remember that this is an iOS port where you are handcuffed to just tapping on the screen. Can you over come that obstacle and find a game that will eat up hours of your time? Absolutely I've logged just over 20 hours and yearn for more. To end this review I have to say that Robot Entertainment continues to release quality products, yes I know its a port, but they didn't just slap it on to a different platform they made it feel like it belonged there, and for that I have to give this game a 9.4 out of 10.