Conquer Online II: Infinite Battle is the first free-to-play MMORPG available on Apple products (iPod, iPhone, iPad Mini, iPad and iPad Air), and can be accessed through any Wi-Fi and 3G network. The game, which is basically a direct duplicate to the PC version, offers a very compact multiplayer experience that tries to mimic its PC predecessor. It’s innovative, it’s incredibly interesting, and it could be a portal into a new way of gaming.
But does it work? Not very well. At least at first.
That’s not to say that the game is bad. Conquer Online offers a brilliant MMO experience to both hardcore and casual players, but it’s a game that obviously operates better on a PC. However, I can only speak from my own experience. Playing on a small iPhone 4 screen (when the game is optimized for iPhone 5), especially in a game as chaotic and big as Conquer, is a bit overwhelming. If you have a device that is already packed with music, photos, and other applications, you may want to rethink downloading this game. It needs a lot of space, and I would personally recommend playing it on a larger screen just to reduce eye strain.
The game itself is still incredibly beautiful. The way you choose and create your character is seamless and exciting with the exact classes that occupy the PC version. The problems only begin when the gameplay actually starts. Twin City, the first zone you’re introduced to, is always packed to the brim with characters and activity. Jumping into the game with no previous knowledge can make it initially overwhelming. There’s always so much going on at the same time, and with it being Valentine’s Day weekend, the themed events have created even more clamor in the seemingly overpopulated world. Add that with the multiple chats and interface and you have a very scrunched play screen, especially if you’re playing on an iPhone or iPad Touch.
You may experience quite a bit of lag while hopping through the first quests in Twin City, which can be a pain considering all of your lower level quests will take place there. Fortunately, the auto-tracking will take you from NPC to NPC without the hassle of trying to manually hop through the crowds of people, and once you leave the main castle, things become much more smoother.
Combat is fun and feels a lot more interactive than its PC counterpart. Using your finger to tap on enemies, you can initiate your basic weapon attack (mine being a sword as a warrior). But skill attacks make the gameplay much more interesting, allowing you to slide your finger to cast skill attacks against multiple enemies. The ease of attacking becomes extremely fluid once you get used to the basic mechanics, making the experience of killing mobs pretty addicting. The one major downside for experienced players is the fact that you will have to make a brand new character considering you’ll be playing on different servers. So if you wanted to download the game simply to level up your already existing character on the go… it won’t work. Get ready to level up a brand new character.
Overall, it’s a MMO experience that unsurprisingly works best on a PC, however, if you’re looking to try out a new mobile multiplayer game, I would highly recommend Conquer. For those who haven’t played any version, feel free to check out my introduction review for a better inside look at what happens in the game.
You can find the game here.
- Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
- Size: 598 MB