Publisher: Glu Mobile
Developer: Griptonite Games LLC
Release Date: 10/10/2012
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Infinity Blade clones are wreaking havoc on the mobile game market, and most are pretty bad. Death Dome is pretty solid with excellent visuals and great enemy designs. The combat is evolving with different things thrown in, and the art style is great. There is one underlying issue that completely breaks this game.
If you have played IB you will know how to play this game, swipe against the enemies swing to parry, block, tap the weak spots, etc. so on and so forth. What makes Death Dome different are the larger-than-life enemies and variation. There are other elements that get thrown in like smoke that will block your view, barrels you can hit, and each enemy feels different. You can go into a special mode where everything slows down and you get to do extra damage. These are the things I am looking for in IB clones to make it feel different or like it is trying to evolve this new mobile game genre. The game is very well designed and the game almost has a Borderlands look to it. I liked it and dug the awesome character designs, weapons, armor, and shields.
There is one issue that completely breaks this game and that is the freemium model. Paying cash to get Glu coins to buy the better armor and weapons. Coins are dished out so slowly in the game that it will take 20+ matches just to buy one piece of armor or weapon. You have to dish out $60+ dollars just to finish this game and that should be a crime. I would rather pay the $8-15 for the full game thanks, and let buying coins be optional like in Infinity Blade without forcing you to do it. If players want to cheat and waste their money let them, but don’t force them. This model is really breaking and destroying a lot of good mobile games out there because you just can not advance in the game without throwing down cash. I got to a certain point where my weapon just wasn’t doing enough damage and I didn’t want to pay cash for a piece of armor. I refuse to do it.
So because of this, I say stay away from this game. It is so solid and I am sad to say that I couldn’t advance because of the company’s greed. Let me pay $8-15 dollars for a rock-solid game and give me everything in the package. Don’t hand me keys to a car and then tell me to buy each part separately. Death Dome is probably the best Infinity Blade clone out there, but the freemium model completely breaks it.