7 Mages is an iOS RPG that is a great addition to the RPG collection. Its deceptive inspirations are plenty, but it is safe to say that if the player loves computer RPGs from the late 80’s and early 90’s, this game is a must try.
7 Mages Takes From the Film by Akira Kurosawa Seven Samurai
The story of 7 Mages is another take-off of the film Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa. It is a decent enough framework for an RPG. The player will have interesting conversations here and there, but it focuses more on its gameplay. It allows the player to split up his party and control them one by one. From a first-person view, it may seem like he is playing a turn-based strategy game. The puzzles in the game are more evocative of an adventure game, it often requires the player to find and use a specific item to continue the game progress. It’s an odd mix that feels like a Bradley-era Wizardry game in terms of mechanics, with some faint hints of SSI’s Gold Box series in the combat set-up.
For beginners, the visuals are unquestionably good in 7 Mages (iOS). The monsters and NPCs are well created and agreeably animated, and even the portraits of the character are made well. The ambient sound effects are excellent. It also shows a modern game by allowing the player to easily go around any placed he’s visited in the game, with no cost; he just have to open the map and drag the character icon to the square he wanted to go, and if there are no hindrances on the way, the character will eventually appear there. This makes backtracking very easy and handy feature for a portable RPG.
Although the game looks like it is easy, it can be quite a handful and difficult game, especially when the player can’t solve its puzzles. It can be hard to get the logic of some puzzles in the game, so it is not surprising that the player might get stuck in a puzzle.
It is also advisable for the player to be cautious of his supplies as it will take a while to resupply, because there are more than a few points where that “no obstacles” rule on the fast travel is used to its fullest nastiness. It also takes a while for the battle system to come into its own. It will start slow and dull until the player expands his abilities, and adds more party members, only then the game will be better.
7 Mages is a pretty decent game aside from its slow start and minor UI problems. The exploration and clever dungeon designs are the main attraction here. It is recommended that the player try the free portion a shot. Keep in mind that it takes a while for the game to properly get going; however, it is a game that can safely hang with the best dungeon crawlers on iOS.