Destinia is an action RPG from the fantastic mobile game developer, Gamevil, known for their renowned Zenonia series. Destinia is currently available for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad through the App Store and all Android devices through Google Play (formerly known as the Android Market). First, I would like to disclose that this review was done with the Android version of the game but the iPhone version was tested some and there was no noticeable differences found.
Now, Destinia follows the story of a young man named Duke, a former member of the Imperial Guard, who is imprisoned after refusing to follow an order from his superior. The story begins with a rebel group led by their princess Crystal breaking into the prison to bust out her mentor, in the process setting Duke free. Duke helps the group free her mentor and then leaves the group after repaying his debt, going back to his hometown he hasn’t been to in years in search of his childhood friend. Thus begins a cliché RPG fantasy story filled with love, tragedy, rebellion, loss, and victory. As an RPG fan, I very much enjoyed the story somewhat reminiscent of a classic Final Fantasy story. But enough about the dramatic stuff. Let’s talk about the heart of the game, the gameplay. Like I said earlier, it is an action RPG with an emphasis on action. At the beginning of the game, you are given the choice of which class you want to play as. The choices are: the warrior, gunner, and thief. The warrior class is all about heavy-hitting and powerful melee attacks. The gunner is all about ranged attacks through obviously the use of guns. And last but not least, the thief who doesn’t actually steal anything (at least that I know of) is all about speed and dual-wielding swords. Now, personally I was a little disappointed that there was no magic class (as that’s what I always choose in fantasy games) but quickly found a sufficient substitution in the thief class. Fueled by fast paced movements and coupled with dual-wielding attacks, this class gave me quite frankly the most fun I’ve had in playing a mobile action game. Not only that, but surprisingly, each button press felt truly powerful.
Other than the basic attacks, each class has their own unique skill tree with which you can customize your hero to be what you want it to be, giving that RPG feel. You can then “hotkey” the skills to specific slots on the actual screen for use during combat, with each skill using up mana. When leveling up, you get to also increase your mana, health, and other basic attributes just like you would expect from an RPG. Once you have leveled up to a certain point, you are even given the choice of picking from 6 sub-classes to specialize in. Leveling is actually frequent, especially at the beginning of the game, making you feel like not only are you having fun fighting monsters but being rewarded by it as well with experience points. And not only do you get XP from monsters but also a lot of loot. Almost every monster you kill will drop something, whether it be gold, a potion, or a new piece of equipment. The customization extends to your equipment as well with many different armors and weapons to wear, each with their own set of benefits. Not only that but on top of all this, you can even forge two pieces together to make something entirely new! And if that’s not enough, occasionally a monster will drop a recipe with which you can use to create your own equipment with the right materials that can be bought at a store or found from looting corpses. This adds to the extra things there is to do other than blast your way through the main quest.
Speaking of quests, other than the main one there are plenty of side quests to keep you busy for hours. Considering this is a mobile game, there are limitations of course so don’t expect a lot of differentiability between quests. The only variances are your usual fetch quests, where someone wants you to go kill a specific monster and pick up an item it drops or deliver something to another person (which usually leads to another side quest). The other variant is simply going and killing a certain amount of a specific monster with very little justification as to why. But again, the exciting combat, loot, and XP is more than enough reason.
Finally, when you get bored with the main story, you have the option to jump into the mulitplayer or Multi Mode, as it is called in Destinia. With a stable Internet connection (be it 3G, 4G, or Wifi), you can battle against other people in an arena. You are connected to someone of about the same level as your character from the main game but possibly different classes than you and sent to the arena. Here you are not only fighting against that person but a few monsters as well and the winner is given an honor point which can be used to buy items from the store and be ranked in the global leaderboard. There is also an auction house where you can sell or buy items from other players. There is even a small pet system that Gamevil included that every once in a while in the main game, a monster will drop an egg which you can hatch to have a little pet follow you around and help you out in battle (not to mention they are very cute!) and even in the multiplayer, but expect other players to have their pets helping them out as well.
The Good: Cute anime-style graphics reminiscent of Gamevil’s acclaimed Zenonia series, matched with fun hack-and-slash gameplay, customization, and not to mention a cute pet system all make Destinia a worthwhile lengthy mobile game. And when you’re done with the main game, you can continue your adventures in the multiplayer.
The Bad: Musical score is unfortunately very limited, mostly to the moments you are in town but even then it is only one song that is catchy but will get boring after hours and hours of only hearing that song. Also very limited in the types of side quests to offer. Finally, a strange way of making the menu system work where you can’t simply press on something you see, you must move on the D-pad to the specific thing you want to click on and then press the main action button, this weird way could have been avoided.
Should you get it? Of course! If you’re an RPG/fantasy action fan or a mobile gamer looking for something a little less casual, this is the game for you! You can download the entire game right now for free or pay a little bit of money and get an ad-free version of the game.
Overall Score: 9.0/10
As always, if you have any comments, suggestions, feedback, or need any actual gameplay tips and/or walkthrough of specific boss fights or anything else (I will also do video walkthroughs) just let me know in the comments below!