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  • Summary: EPOCH - Post-apocalyptic Robot Combat Uppercut Games is proud to present EPOCH, an action combat game and universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. UNRAVEL THE MYSTERY Follow the echoes of a lost civilization in a visually-stunning post-apocalyptic world where only robots survive to fight a never-ending war. Fight towards your goal and piece together the fragments to reveal exactly what happened when the old world ended. Is this the dawn of a new Epoch? And how can you find the one person you were originally assigned to protect?

    CHOREOGRAPH THE ACTION

    Control your character with intuitive finger swipes. Make split-second tactical decisions, take cover, select targets, dodge incoming fire, utilize special abilities, and launch countermeasures!

    DESTROY, SALVAGE AND UPGRADE

    Battle escalating waves of robots in arena-style combat, and upgrade yourself with pieces torn from your fallen enemies! Configure your robot with dozens of weapons, armors, boosters and counters.

    IMMERSIVE SINGLE-PLAYER CAMPAIGN

    Fight in multiple locations across a vast and ravaged city, and gather fragments of the past with logs from a cast of characters, each with their own perspective on the apocalyptic events that destroyed a once-proud civilization.

    STUNNING AAA VISUALS

    Utilize the enhanced visual capabilities of the iPhone4S and iPad 2 with high-resolution graphics powered by the UnrealEngine, the same engine used to create the visuals of the award winning Infinity Blade.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Nov 10, 2011
    100
    A terrific and amazing-looking action game with perfect slide-based controls and exceptional action.
  2. Nov 10, 2011
    80
    A unique take on the third-person action genre with satisfyingly different touchscreen controls.
  3. Nov 10, 2011
    80
    A wonderfully addictive and gorgeous shooter that serves as a powerful showpiece for iPhone and iPad graphics. We just want more, which at the end of the day is a true testament to this game's greatness.
  4. Nov 17, 2011
    80
    EPOCH has a short campaign, but a large replay value. A great iPod Touch , iPad , or iPhone app that is well worth the money.
  5. Dec 12, 2011
    80
    It is, however, a joy to look at and – in spite of its lows – highly replayable. Like guns, robots, and hiding behind walls? Then EPOCH.'s a no-brainer.
  6. Apr 23, 2012
    70
    This isn't a deep game by any means, but it's colourful, noisy, and approaches iOS's limitations with cunning.
  7. Jan 10, 2012
    50
    I wish EPOCH were as bright and exciting as its explosion effects and backgrounds!

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 20, 2013
    10
    This is what Smartphone games should be. It is quick accessible and easy to play, but its combat is smooth, fluid and challenging at higher difficulties. Overall it is appealing to both hardcore and casual audiences and is a lot of fun. Expand
  2. Apr 14, 2013
    9
    Realtime action games for mobile platforms generally have to sacrifice somewhere. The graphics suffer, the control system is wonky, the animation jaggy, or something else is wrong. Amazingly, for everything it tries to do, EPOCH actually does a very admirable job in creating a not just passable, but very entertaining and well-playing game. You play as, no joke, an amnesiac robot that wakes up after the cybernetic revolt robot apocalypse. What's clear is that everything has been blown apart. What's not clear is why, or where the princess you were originally tasked with protecting is now. Yep, it sounds a little weak (protecting a princess? What am I, Robo-Mario?), but it isn't. So, let's run it down. First, gameplay is simplistic but engaging: maneuvering is done by finger swipes, and the simple swipes translate to effective maneuvers; targeting enemies is done with a tap. Your robot fires automatically whenever not under cover, so you don't need to double-thumb anything. Graphics are surprisingly good, the atmosphere of the wrecked city in which the game takes place grim and heavy, but without putting a damper on the game. (It's rare that the environment in a twitch game actually helps tell the story, but they do in EPOCH.) Sound is good, although effects are reused fairly regularly; music is simple but fits well with the game. Best yet, there is a large menu of customization options for your bot, allowing you to improve weapons, armor, and utilities to match the tactical situation and personal play style. Difficulty progression is smooth and reasonable. Perhaps most surprising, however, is the writing: through "log entries" of various entities, the story of the robot apocalypse is told, and quite effectively. So, what are the negatives? Well, the game isn't particularly long; there are only about a dozen levels, and each difficulty level runs the same levels again, just with tougher enemies. Gaps between affording one level of upgrades and the next get downright huge, which means a lot of grinding to accumulate the cash. And sadly, the storytelling seems to either have a bug or a serious stall, because the logs stop coming close to the end (only about five more entries to go) and didn't return, so that leaves the conclusion of the narrative up in the air. (Oh, one more "stealth positive" about EPOCH: for a game with 3D graphics and the features this one packs, it sips battery power. It is NOT a power hog.) So we're talking a well-earned 9 for EPOCH, a game well worth your time if you want a good action game that doesn't require a lot of investment (financial or otherwise). Expand

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