Square Enix ports across an acclaimed DS game, but is its high price worth the investment?
Published on Oct 2, 2012
When it comes to ports of other titles, iOS is often an afterthought, resulting in shoddy remakes that simply aim to make a quick buck.
TWEWY:SR is absolutely not one of these titles, and Square Enix have done a stellar job of moving the game, which was originally released on the Nintendo DS, over to the single touchscreen of the iPad.
You take on the role of Neku, a boy in the Shibuya district of Japan, with its vivid street culture, packed pavements and strange, futuristic feel. The teen hates spending time with people, but when he is cut off from the rest of the world and given seven days to escape the mysterious Reapers, he is forced to team up with others in order to fight off the Noise.
Battles use magical pins called Psyches, and you must time their use with the deployment of your partner. It works brilliantly as a battle mechanism, and when you get it right it feels incredible. The Noise are the agents of the Reapers and come in many animal forms.
It’s surreal, but distinctly Japanese, and the art style is really beautiful. The music is equally as engaging; it’s mostly J-pop and J-rock, but it’s so foot-tappingly catchy that you’ll rarely mute your device. Yes, the price is high for an iOS game, this isn’t a five-minute diversion; it’s a title with depth, a brilliantly engaging story, and fantastic design.
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It’s expensive, but look past the price and you’ll find a brilliantly designed title that is well worth the money.