Assassin’s Creed offers more than just hack and slash action. To be an assassin superstar, you’ll need great observational skills and patience. It’s a series that puts more of a focus on stealth than button-mashing, and the newest addition to the Assassin’s Creed iOS family, Rearmed, is no different. This version is solely for multiplayer challenges, but relies on the freemium formula to suck you in.
While the console version of Assassin’s Creed is heavy on story, Rearmed has none to speak of. You are simply placed in a historic village with a maximum of three other players, each playing a unique assassin. Each player is given a specific target, which is to say he or she must assassinate another player.
You can’t just go around stunning people.
The trick, however, is to find this target among a crowd of non-player characters. You must learn how these characters move and watch for how an assassin would move differently. Meanwhile, you must avoid being killed yourself. Luckily, your character can earn different skills to avoid assassination. For instance, you can disguise yourself as another character to throw an assassin off your scent, or you can earn the ability to instantly move to another spot on the map.
If all of this sounds familiar, that’s because Rearmed is an revamped version of a previous app called Assassin’s Creed II Multiplayer. That app is no longer available on the App Store, but it was a very similar game. One thing that’s changed is that the graphics have been given an extra layer of polish. At times, you’ll be shocked at how beautiful this game can look, even with a bird’s eye view for most of the game.
It’s like the Renaissance version of Google Maps.
While this game may sound intriguing and original, it’s disappointing to see how many bugs it has. All too often, the app will completely crash. When it’s not crashing, the loading times to start a new online game will make you think the game forgot about you. Even worse, there is no penalty for quitting a game. This means that if you’ve scored the first point and gained the upper hand, your opponent can and often will simply quit, thus robbing you of your points and your victory.
If these bugs get fixed in an update, Multiplayer Rearmed could be a great online multiplayer game. You can play via Bluetooth with your friends, which would sidestep many of the online frustrations, but until the crashes and bugs are worked out, this is one game that is more dead than deadly.