Reaper: Tale of a Pale Swordsman

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Reaper: Tale of a Pale Swordsman
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Developer(s) Hexage
Platform(s) Android
IOS
Windows Phone
Windows
Mac OS X
BlackBerry 10
Release date(s) 9 September 2013[1]
Genre(s) Action role-playing game
Mode(s) Single-player

Reaper: Tale of a Pale Swordsman is a video game developed by Czech-based studio Hexage. It is an Action role-playing game.[2] In January 2014 the game was Greenlit for Steam.[3]

Gameplay[edit]

The player controls a black swordsman and travels across the map from mission point to mission point. Upon arriving, dialog is displayed and the player can choose their own responses. The player can either accept or reject a quest, or on completion of a quest can demand more gold at the risk of losing any future quests from that location. When the quest is accepted a way point is highlighted and the player can choose to go there immediately or undertake a side quest. Once either the way point, or the side quest, is reached the player enters a 2D battle arena mode which is played as a fighting platform game. Enemies in battle include both ground units and flying ones and upon being attacked grant the player 'rage skulls' for special attacks. Once killed they usually drop gold which can be used to buy better weapons and armor. Each battle fought, whether won or lost, grants experience (one exception being some boss battles) which the player uses to level up. Upon leveling, the player can choose 1 of 3 destiny cards which upgrade their character. Cards do everything from granting more health or strength to allowing the player to heal when they collect gold. Cards can also be bought for 20k at the fortune teller. Random encounters are common as the player heads from one way point to the next which again makes the player enter the battle arena. The controls are very basic, the player automatically attacks when he is near and enemy while the basic swipe commands execute special attacks which can be increased in strength using 'rage skulls'. [4]

Story[edit]

The pale swordsman has awoken from his long slumber in a mysterious underground cave. Upon awakening he emerges into a mysterious and magical Wilderness fraught with war and intrigue. He meets and befriends Old grey beard. He goes on multiple quests from memberrs of natives tribes living in Wilderness but also from Imperium soldiers. He makes new friends on his journey including young imperium soldier and an outcast woman that fall in love each other or a commander of imperium fortress. Later he encounters demons who try to overtake Wilderness. Together with Old Grey they try to find out where do they come from. As swordsman completes his tasks he losses friends who die because of him. He later find out that demons awoken because of him and they will destroy whole Wilderness if he doesn't stop them. The only way to do so is to kill demon god Iraess. Swordsman encounters him and after a long fight he kills him. After the battle he returns to Old Grey who is mortally injured by imperium sodiers. As Grey dies he tells Swordsman that everybody including tribes and imperium goes to war as they are saved by him. The game leaves Swordsman freed from his duties as he is wandering in night alone and without purpose feeling cold in his soulless heart. [5][6]

Reception[edit]

The game received generally positive reviews upon its release.[7][8] Critics praised game for its graphics, fighting parts and sounds. Story was praised by some critics but review on Mobilenet.cz found storyline uninteresting.[9][10] According to another server Gamewoof the storyline is lacking a bit but still humorous.[11] The game was also criticised for its controls on some devices.[12] Another praise was gained for price. Jason Stengren, reviewer for AndroidShock rated Reaper 4/5 and stated: "Reaper is an action/RPG that sports attractive visuals and a wide variety of quests aimed at constantly improving your character."[13]

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