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It's all very flimsy stuff, but it's about the right level of detail for the short attention spans of commutes to work. As is the gameplay itself, which dishes up quick bouts of combat lasting a few minutes per level. At its core, it's all quite repetitive play, but there's enough strategic depth to hold your interest for a while.

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Duck'n'shoot

The variety of enemies impresses, with grenadier and laser-firing robots penetrating your cover and forcing you to keep on the move. Cool-down periods on special abilities, and charging delays on homing missiles add further strategic layers, as do destructible objects, which reward you with extra credits for exposing yourself to enemy fire.

Outside of combat, your time is divided between reading data intercepts and spending credits upgrading equipment at the scrapyard. It's here that Epoch's inferiority to Infinity Blade starts to become apparent, however.

Epoch iOS game screenshot

Ro-busters reject?

There's plenty of fun to be had toying with the increased firepower, but upgrades just aren't as critical to progression. Robbed of its compulsive leveling, the repetitive structure that defined Infinity Blade begins to crumble.

Worse still, while still incredibly tough, Epoch's final boss must be defeated before continuing onto the next play-though. Infinity Blade's real trick was to keep victory over the God King tantalisingly out of reach, to entice the player back each time to take one last shot at defeating him. Deprived of this seemingly unattainable horizon, Epoch's successive play-throughs feel too much like a repetitive grind.

Verdict

Decent gameplay, great graphics, excellent controls – there's a lot to admire here. But Epoch is its own worst enemy. By standing on the shoulders of Infinity Blade, it invites comparisons with Chair Entertainment's excellent work. And while it's every bit as visually arresting as that game, it's just not as good as it looks. ®

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Robot combat makes for a simple blast of fun. Just don't expect to be playing it next week.
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