It’s hard to see Blood & Glory as anything more than a freemium version of Infinity Blade. The combat system, the weapons, and the gear are all reminiscent of the iOS blockbuster, but with a freemium spin that allows gamers to buy their way into the higher ranks of warriors, rather than earning it through sore thumbs and time.
There is no story to Blood & Glory, other than the one you make up. You play as a gladiator, competing in tournaments against various buff, brutish, and berserk opponents. Whereas Infinity Blade broke up the combat with interactive cutscenes, showing your character wandering through a castle, Blood and Glory only allows you to fight and fight and fight.
The combat is a carbon copy of Infinity Blade’s, but a little less polished smooth. Your screen shows your character and your opponent, and you must swipe to land blows with your weapons. Blocking is performed by tapping the shield icon, and dodging by tapping the direction in which you would like to dodge. Experts can also parry, which involves sliding your finger in the direction of your opponent’s strike. This will allow you to deflect their attack and land your own, but it’s difficult to get right.
There will be blood.
There are few differences between Infinity Blade and Blood & Glory’s combat. Blood & Glory does not feature any magic abilities, only hand to hand combat. However, you do have the option of using potions that recover lost health, boost your defenses, or increase your attack points. All of these can be accessed during battle, but if you run out, you will need to pay for more.
As the freemium model dictates, you are rewarded the more you play. Winning battles earns you coins and experience points, and once you finish a tournament of five battles, you earn even more. Levelling up, which is not based on Infinity Blade’s item-dependent XP system but rather the traditional system, earns you rubies. Rubies are the most valuable currency, because they can be spent on potions or extra powerful items. Of course, you can buy rubies with your real-life cash if you would like.
As you progress through the game, you will need to buy better gear. Weapons, like swords and axes, are at your disposal once you purchase them. You can also buy helmets, shields, and armor to better your chances against stronger foes. Many of these items are in the gladitorial or medieval style.
While it’s easy to condemn Blood & Glory for its derivative content, it’s also important to remember that this is a game that offers you Infinity Blade-style combat for free. Any gamer hesitant to spend more than a couple bucks on a game will get the chance to see what Infinity Blade is like before buying the real thing. We aren’t saying Blood & Glory is a satisfying facsimile. It lacks the story, environment, and originality of one of the best-selling games for touch screen devices, but the combat is nearly spot-on. Fans of Infinity Blade will find this game a poor copycat, but anyone who hasn’t played its inspiration should give Blood & Glory a try.