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Fight is right

If you haven’t played the original game then Infinity Blade II offers you an introductory tutorial that shows you how to string together chains of attacks by flicking your finger back and forth across the screen, as well as other techniques such as dodging, parrying and blocking.

This is where the main changes in the game appear, as you now have a choice of three different types of weapon. You can stick with the standard sword and shield combo, play a nimble rogue type with a pair of daggers, or weigh in with a massive two-handed weapon for extra damage.

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Score points, find gold, buy more kit

Your choice of weapon affects other aspects of combat too. Bulky two-handed weapons are useful for blocking your opponent’s blows, but you can’t block with little daggers so dual-wielding warriors will have to move more quickly and dodge from side to side.

You can also customise weapons with gems that do more damage, or add elemental effects such as fire injuries.

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On the level

But while the combat mechanics are more varied and challenging, I simply didn’t find the storyline particularly engaging. The game essentially boils down to killing a bunch of bad guys then getting a cut-scene that tells you where to go in order to kill the next bunch of bad guys.

As a result, Infinity Blade II is a great game for playing in short bursts when you’re sitting on the tube or in your doctor’s waiting room, but it lacks the depth that would allow you to immerse yourself in it for a long stretch of time.

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Armour gonner here...

There is, however, one new option looming on the horizon that could take Infinity Blade II into a whole new dimension. The developer is planning to use Apple’s iCloud tech to add a feature called ‘clashmobs’ – large-scale online battles involving groups of players battling against powerful new enemies.

This would allow Infinity Blade II to combine its single-player storyline with an engaging multiplayer element. That could be a really potent combination, but no definite release date for this feature has been announced as yet. So for now you’ll just have to stick with the pretty-yet-one-dimensional charms of Infinity Blade II’s single-player game. ®

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Infinity Blade II

New weapons add variety to the combat, but the storyline is as threadbare as ever and it's more expensive this time round.
Price: £4.99 RRP

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