To think you guys walked in to work today expecting a boring week.
A few weeks ago, mobile games had a small and loyal fan base, then Pokémon Go happened – and that changed everything.
Now, Iron Maiden – yes, the heavy metal band that your mum doesn’t like – have released a mobile game. Scrolling through Facebook, I spotted a post urging everyone to “Drop everything and download – Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast.” Being a gamer, a metalhead and a huge Maiden fan, that’s just what I did. And here’s what it’s all about:
The game requires the latest Google Play Games update, so get that out of the way first. It’s developed by the Vancouver-based Roadhouse Games known for games such as Warhammer 40,000.
The app is a chunky 55.5MB and requires 786RAM and 1GB of memory to run effectively. The game takes a good 2-3 minutes to start up, but familiar Maiden riffs keep you company while you wait.
Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast | Story line
Once you’re in, pay attention, because it gets a bit complicated as you go along. The main story arc involves The Cult stealing poor Eddie’s soul and he needs to find Shards to level up, gain strength and battle his way through the game.
At least this is what The Clairvoyant tells him. Maiden fans would love this game since it is full of nods to stories and characters found in your favourite Iron Maiden songs.
Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast | Fighting
You do go through a fair amount of fighting as well. Here’s where the game takes a hit. As you go through the different levels and locations on your quest to find shards of your soul, you come across baddies who, like with every game, try to stop you.
The fighting sequences are rather basic for my liking. You take turns by trading blows and the main aim is to land a perfect hit. If you miss, or you’re bad at it, the enemy gets a turn. As you progress you face up to 2-3 opponents. You do have your special moves as well, once you power up your attack bar.
However, with every victory, you inspire allies to fight by your side. So you toggle between Eddie and two chosen allies to fight your opponents.
You can also earn talismans that you add on to power up Eddie. (I told you – it gets complicated). You can equip and remove talismans whenever you require and experiment with different combinations. So complex, yet so much fun!
The game features more than 100 characters, 300 quests, and 4 major worlds. The majority of the characters are inspired by albums such as Powerslave, Killers, Somewhere in Time and The Number of the Beast, including foes such as the Wickerman, Horus and the Axis General.
Players can also find and add their friends to their teams in the game and use a fair amount of strategy to toggle between talismans and abilities to battle their opponents.
Lastly, the entire game features Iron Maiden tracks and a few unreleased versions prepared specifically for the game.
It’s quite an intense and heavy game; you really have to pay attention right from the start. The storyline is brilliant, the characters are interesting and Maiden mythology and music throughout the entire game make Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast absolutely worth it.