Assassin's Creed II: Discovery

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Assassin's Creed II:
Assassin's Creed Discovery.jpg
Box art
Developer(s) Griptonite Games[1]
Publisher(s) Ubisoft
Designer(s) Jim Grant
Writer(s) Darby McDevitt[2]
Series Assassin's Creed
Engine HYBRID Engine 2.5
Platform(s) Nintendo DS, iOS
Release date(s) Nintendo DS
  • NA November 17, 2009
  • AUS November 19, 2009
  • EU November 20, 2009
  • NA January 7, 2010
Mode(s) Single player

Assassin's Creed II: Discovery is a video game for the Nintendo DS and iOS, part of the Assassin's Creed series of video games. Ubisoft's producer Ben Mattes officially revealed the development of the game in Apple Inc.'s keynote speech on September 9, 2009, for a November 17 release.[1] The iOS version was delayed, but Ubisoft did not comment with a reason for the delay.[3] In contrast to Altaïr's Chronicles, the previous title in the Assassin's Creed series to be on these devices, Discovery is a 2.5D side-scroller.[4] Both iPhone and DSi users are able to use their devices' camera function to display portraits as wanted posters in-game.[3][5] Discovery was released concurrently with Assassin's Creed II and Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines.


The game's story takes place in 1490, 14 years after the beginning of its console counterpart, Assassin's Creed II. It follows that game's protagonist, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, as he travels to 15th century Spain to free his fellow assassins, who have been imprisoned under the guise of the Spanish Inquisition. In the process, he discovers that the Knights Templar are planning to sail west to discover the New World.[1] Ezio saves Christoffa or Christopher Columbus, and kills Tomás de Torquemada to end the Templar threat. Ezio also assassinates some other important targets such as: Gasper Martinez, Pedro Llorente, a Templar spy, and Juan de Marillo. Along the way Ezio saves many assassins who help him, including Luis de Santángel and Raphael Sanchez. Also Granada City is taken under siege by Templars and Ezio has to save the Moorish King Muhammad XII. Ezio also encounters Queen Isabella.


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 71.46% (DS)[6]
75.00% (iOS)[7]
Metacritic 69/100 (DS)[8]
Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot 7/10 (DS)
GameZone 8/10 (DS)
IGN 8.0/10 (DS)[9]
7.0/10 (iOS)
Pocket Gamer 7/10 (iOS)
Slide to Play 4/4 (iOS)[10]

Unlike Assassin's Creed Bloodlines, Assassin's Creed II: Discovery received generally positive reviews. IGN gave it an 8/10 for the Nintendo DS, and a 7/10 for the iOS. GameSpot rated it a 7/10 on the Nintendo DS. Official Nintendo Magazine Australia/New Zealand were more negative on the game giving it 55%, praising the game for the switch to 2D and the character animation, but complaining of lackluster missions, poor level design and fiddly controls, calling it a "Missed opportunity to right the first game's wrongs" and a "by the numbers platforming experience."

GameZone's Natalie Romano gave the game an 8/10, saying it is "An impressive game true to the series, Assassin's Creed II: Discovery is actually an entertaining title that makes the best companion to the console version. That said, the game is far from perfect but it's easy to look past the flaws when the game is too fun to even want to put down. If you bought Assassin's Creed II then you really must buy Discovery."[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Ubisoft Unveils Assassin's Creed II: Discovery for Nintendo DS". Amaze Entertainment. 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
  2. ^ AssassinsCreed (July 26, 2013). San Diego Comic-Con Panel Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag [North America]. YouTube. Event occurs at 35:40. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Nelson, Randy. "Assassin's Creed DS sequel discovered on iPhone". Joystiq. 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
  4. ^ Clayman, David. "Assassin's Creed II Discovery Hands-On". IGN. 2009-10-21. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
  5. ^ CVG Staff, "Assassin's Creed II DS to use DSi cam". Computer and Video Games. 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
  6. ^ "Assassin's Creed II: Discovery Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved 2013-02-17. 
  7. ^ "Assassin's Creed II: Discovery Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved 2013-02-17. 
  8. ^ "Assassin's Creed II: Discovery". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-02-17. 
  9. ^ "Assassin's Creed II: Discovery Review -". IGN. Archived from the original on 22 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  10. ^ Erickson, Tracy (2010-02-01). "Assassin's Creed II: Discovery (iPhone)". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
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