We know how it is. You worked hard for your 10:1 KDR, but sometimes, you just want to take five, relax, and enjoy a quick game on your phone. Unfortunately, finding good games is anything but quick – most mobile gems end up buried under a mountain of trash. But like we said, we know how it is, so every month we shine a spotlight on a great diversion to get you through the work week.
When perusing the mobile store for something new to play, you’ll generally come across the same old cookie cutter games. Generic puzzlers that have one interesting thing that may hook you, or some action/RTS game that’s like the last one you played but with a new paint job. Every now and then, however, you come across a gem. On its store page, Rayark’s first claim is that Implosion – Never Lose Hope is “bringing AAA console gaming experience to mobile devices,” and that may just be true.
Implosion is 34 levels of hack ‘n slash goodness and during that time you play as Jake. Jake is a mech pilot whose part of a group of humans to flee earth during a disaster. You’re brought back to your home planet when a beacon starts going off sending out a distress signal. You and your mech have to fight hordes of enemies known as XADA to of course save the human race.
In order to do so you’re going to need some nice combat skills to stay alive. Fans of Ninja Gaiden and its over the top combat combined with its ability to punish a mistake are going to like this. Combat in Implosion is simple: you move with an invisible analog stick in the bottom left corner and strike with a button in the bottom right. Simply mashing the button will result in huge fast attack combos, while pressing the button during your mech’s purple glow will result in heavy attacks.
Alongside the attack button is a lunge ability that does a good amount of damage and the ability to dodge that you shouldn’t scoff at nor neglect. Simple levels work just like Ninja Gaiden or Dante’s Inferno as you can just mash attack all the way home, while boss battles on the other hand require a bit more finesse. Bosses have the ability to do large amounts of damage completely rendering your shield useless. After taking one attack to the face you’ll find yourself dodging around the level counting down the time until your shield regenerates. End area bosses can actually one shot you not even giving you the chance to learn from a mistake before you have to revive 30 seconds into a fight.
Levels may be simple in nature, but they’re what allows you and your mech to advance both literally and figuratively. Killing off the hordes of enemies will give your mech experience allowing him to equip more gear found throughout each level from containers. These advancements work just in any other game and gives your mech boosts while taking something away; more power but substitute sustain and so on. Though no matter how many times you play through these levels it won’t allow you to get sloppy with mechanics when it matters.
Visually, Implosion has CGI in its opening that rivals that of any AAA game. It’s absolutely stunning when you first see it. While the whole game doesn’t continue the CGI train you’re on that doesn’t mean it takes a dip in the art department. Cutscenes look amazing and have more of comic book style to them. They’re beautifully drawn scenes that add to the game and once again make it feel like a big time game, while in-game graphics also hold their own. The only area graphically where Implosion lacks is in its basic enemy models, an area that nobody will mind.
Implosion – Never Lose Hope is a gem amongst other store titles. It’s the game you think of when you envision a good mobile gaming experience likened to that of console games. It isn’t the hold you over for a few minutes title that’ll disappear in your installed apps queue, it’s one that action fans will enjoy and playing for the long haul. Those hesitant about about its $9.99 price tag can download it for free and take it for a test spin during its first few levels; just know that it only gets better and harder when you actually pay for it. Download Implosion – Never Lose Hope here for Android and here for iOS.