The Assassin’s Creed franchise has absolutely taken off, becoming one of the most popular gaming franchises in history. There have been a few Assassin’s Creed games ported over to mobile, however only one to date has been released specifically for mobile: Assassin’s Creed: Identity.
Identity has actually been in development limbo for a few years, finally being released to the public a few months ago. But is it any good? And is it worth the $4.99? Before you read any further, know that it’s certainly not a bad game.
Graphics and Setup
Setting up the game is a pretty simply process — you’ll need to download the extra files often needed for a game like this, then input your name, your characters name, and select a character type and face for your character. Then you’ll finally get to play the game.
Assassin’s Creed fans will recognize the game, but shouldn’t expect the same kind of gameplay as on the PlayStation or Xbox. It’s a game that was most definitely designed for mobile, and while the graphics are pretty good, they’re good for mobile, not for consoles. The missions in the game take place in much tighter surroundings — that is, there isn’t as much to explore as on a console. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It would likely get a little overwhelming to have to explore that much on a mobile device, especially with these controls.
Controls and Gameplay
The controls on the game are actually pretty easy to use, although again, not as easy as on a console. Missions are broken down into a few minutes, which is a pretty good amount for a mobile player — mobile players generally want to pull out their phone for a few minutes on the bus, while console players are more likely to be able to devote an hour or two in the evening in front of the TV.
As mentioned, the controls are pretty good. The left hand controls a joystick, and the right hand controls the view — at least during normal gameplay. During attacks, there’s more tapping to do, and less running away. You can also scale buildings, simply by walking up to the building and then continuing forward — similar to the console games.
On top of the campaign missions in the game, you’ll also play”contracts,” which are basically smaller missions devoted to going after one person in particular, breaking into a chest, and so on.
The game definitely feels like an RPG. There are things to unlock, gain new skills, improve your stats, and so on.
There’s a lot to like about this game, but don’t get your hopes up too high if you’re a long-time Assassin’s Creed fan. It’s not a perfect game, but for a mobile game, it’s not bad at all. If you’re a mobile gamer, Assassin’s Creed is a great choice. If you’re a console gamer, you’re probably going to be disappointed.
Assassin’s Creed: Identity is available for both iOS and Android, and costs around $5.