Like a wooden beam sticking out of a zombie’s chest, iRequiem has staked its claim as one of the sickest, craziest iPhone action games in the App Store. Set in the death metal album cover version of Hell, you play as a pissed-off lost soul who has to murder his way to redemption.
You control your violent, marauding avatar with two simple movement controls, left and right, and you can also perform a quick somersault by tapping on him. Everything else in the game is a type of attack, from weapons and spells to special dark powers and temple rites. You can’t jump, so you’ll be confronting enemies a lot more than evading them. The levels are also very tightly confined, with little room to maneuver.
I said I wanted house cleaners, not cleavers!
The weapons in iRequiem are pleasantly varied, despite their evil intent. You can upgrade your melee weapons from knives to a sword, axe, and hammer. Your distance weapons range from a bow and arrow to a shotgun and rocket launcher. Each of these distance weapons can be upgraded multiple times, thanks to a helpful (and chatty) shopkeeper that you can visit between rounds.
Besides the weapons, you can also unlock up to 15 spells and dark arts, some of which must be cast from the relative safety of a nearby temple (yes, a temple in Hell). The most useful temple rite restores your health and magic, but others let you turn temporarily invisible or invincible. As for the dark arts, they can be cast anywhere, and can turn you into a werewolf, or let you possess one of the enemy creatures.
This wide range of attacks is put to great use against the game’s creepy demons. Each nightmarish monster, from the lowly zombies and skeletons to the mid-size spiders and giant Generals of Hell, is nicely rendered in a style that reminded us of the original Mortal Kombat. These enemies look like they were digitized in front of Hell’s green screen.
Ugh, we’d hate to be that guy.
While iRequiem is recommended for those excited by dismembered bodies and other disgusting decorations, it’s definitely not appropriate for kids, or any kind of public play, for that matter. Slaughtering these freakish demons is bound to get you some dirty looks at the bus stop or doctor’s office. The game is plenty fun, but it’s much more of an R-rated Evil Dead sort of charm instead of a G-rated Angry Birds.
The main campaign’s adventure mode is 50 levels long, and it took us three hours to complete on normal difficulty. The survival mode is enjoyable as well, but serving up mayhem is slightly hampered by the fact that your character isn’t very agile. He lets his weapons do the work, and that’s mostly fine with us.
iRequiem is campy, over-the-top, and outrageously violent. Once you get past the shock value, it’s a pretty decent shooter as well. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re delighted by disgust, pick this one up.