After the End: Forsaken Destiny
- Last update: 2 years ago
- Version: 1.0.9
- Size: 488 MB
- Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Author: NEXON M Inc.
- Content rating: Rated 9+ for the following:
- Languages: English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
After the End: Forsaken Destiny review
After the End: Forsaken Destiny is a puzzle adventure game that will make you flex your mental muscles and be wow’ed by the breathtaking ancient world. If you enjoy slower and introspecting pacing, then this gem is worth your try. The game’s isometric style and isolated tone might resemble Monument Valley, but the world here feels bigger, with more adventure and more story.
The engaging puzzles and the oddly charming enemies have a lot to offer to fans of the genre.
After the End offers an incredible visual style that sports a nice low-poly aesthetic and makes everything looks a bit more artsy. There is also a bit of blurry dreamscape effect thrown into the mix giving the game more depth.
The color palette is full of rich tones with a dash of soft pastels. The cutscenes are beautifully animated and immersive, pulling you into the story of a father and son on their journey. There are no lags during gameplay too, as the animation are always smooth and fluid.
The soundtrack is soothing and atmospheric, with a hint of melancholy that draws you into the game’s universe. Overall, developers from NEXON have done a great job with After the End in terms of the graphics and audio.
In this beautifully rendered universe, you play as a little bipedal, backpack-wearing creature that makes its way through a series of maze-like environments. You will consult with magical elders, collect broken artifacts, and avoid bottomless chasms, crushing boulders, and other dangers.
After the End is a level-based game, which means you have to solve the puzzles on each stage to move on to the next area. It starts out easy, but then the difficulty of the puzzles will increase as you progress. Each level is an episode that can be pretty lengthy since it is comprised of several puzzle stages. The objective in each stage varies depending on the environment and situation your character is in.
The major downside of After the End is a lack of meaningful save points. If you close the game, you won’t be bumped back to the latest puzzle stage within the level, but to the very beginning of this level, throwing your progress into the garbage. That would mitigate a lot of frustration if there were milestones at the end of each stage rather than at the end of a full episode.
In addition to puzzle solving, the game features hidden artifacts and diamonds scattered throughout the game, which will require a bit of exploration. They are hard to find, resting in secret passageways and alcoves, but once you collect them, you can get some life you lost before.
The controls are simple and intuitive. For movement, you will use the virtual joystick placed in the bottom left area of the screen. However, there is no fixed position for it as this joystick will go where your thumb is. A button shows up in the bottom right when it’s possible for you to interact with an NPC, an object, or the environment, and this is the button you have to tap repeatedly to run in dangerous situations like a collapsing bridge behind you. If you want to change the touch areas for the controls, you can make some adjustments in the options menu from the title screen.
In some levels, you can rotate the camera by dragging your finger around. For some stage, it will be necessary so that you can see where you have to go and reveal hidden switches.
Sometimes there is a tension between moving the camera and moving forward, along with the inability to accurately control speed. You will “trigger” running by tapping furiously, but it’s not going to make you move any faster than the game allows. It’s also hard to turn the camera while also moving your character forward, which can result in being dumped off the edge.
Replay Value 4,5/5
If you like particular stages enough, or if you are the type of person who gets inspired by the gorgeous digital words, you can go back and replay the game. Plus, there is plenty of ancient landscapes to look at.
After the End doesn’t have any in-app purchases, so you can just pay a single price of $3,99 and play without any interruptions.
After the End has spectacular graphics and reminds other great games like Lara Croft Go and Monument Valley. Despite the gloomy tone of the game, the tunes are tranquil and relaxing.
It’s a charming puzzle adventure story that will be best suited to people who like a slow and thoughtful gameplay rather than a frantic and high energy one. The difficulty level feels just right as it picks up a gradual pace and most of the puzzles can be solved by trial-and-error.
Give After the End: Forsaken Destiny a try if you are in the mood for a beautiful puzzle adventure game with a good emphasis on storytelling.
Pros : Beautiful graphics and relaxing soundtrack;
Cons : No save points within the levels;
Controls are sometimes frustrating.
Replay Value 4.5