Immersive, engaging, and wonderfully easy to play: Exiles delivers and excels
Author: Kevin Vadala
Date: 03 Jun 2017, tested on Samsung GT-I9500 Galaxy S4
Great graphics, interesting world, fun combat
No significant shortcomings
Exiles for Android is a premium mobile game from the makers of Ravensword. This time, it's a science-fiction setting. The game feels like a blend of mass effect and Ravensword. It has similar graphical value as its predecessor, but much more streamlined combat that is based off of shooting guns and powerups. The game has RPG-like elements with stat upgrades and powers to use, missions to complete, and a world to explore (you even get a hover-bike, which is pretty cool!).
Exiles does a good job of giving you a sense of being part of a story. From the opening cinematics, you feel apart of the science fiction setting because of how the cinematics are connected to your mission. It isn’t like a lot of games: a battle between heaven and earth (where your battles are automated).
Your job is to go investigate a cave with a disturbance, and find the root of the problem. There isn’t too much backstory to your character or anything, but I really enjoyed how immersive the world felt. Instead of just picking missions on a map like in other mobile games, you move between missions with your hover bike, encountering sand worms along the way (you can even shoot these monstrosities from the comfort of your bike, but be careful! On foot, they are quite dangerous). Finding your way between missions is fun, and easily done with the great interface within the game. By looking at your journal you can easily see where you are supposed to go and what you are supposed to do.
The controls aren’t bad either, and they feel sort of simplistic, which is a good thing. It’s mostly just switching angles with the left side and shooting. The viewing angle seems to want to be third person most of the time (you can switch back and forth) which gives the game a Mass Effect vibe.
Exiles is a fun science fiction experience. It doesn’t have the depeest sense of overarching story, or the most complicated combat, but for the most part the game works well, and provides a fun, more game-like experience on the mobile platform.