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Episode 3 tries to change the formula that made Episodes 1 and 2 great, and it really doesn't succeed at improving the game. Episode 1 provided a strong introduction to the unique couch co-op action and Episode 2 forced players to master their characters' abilities and learn to work together to succeed. Episode 3 doesn't really provide anything new, and in fact, it even takes away a lot of what made the earlier Episodes so enjoyable. I really enjoyed the Eon Altar series, but Episode 3 is easily the worst of the bunch. Episode 3 focuses a lot more on exploration than on combat, which is really a shame since your characters will be incredibly powerful by this point. There are a lot of random encounters against very weak enemies, so they do nothing other than slow you down. Your heroes will be so powerful that facing enemies with less than 15 health takes no effort at all. I really didn't appreciate this mechanic as it seems to be included just to artificially increase game time and annoy you as you attempt to explore the map. The map is a lot more open for exploration with multiple paths leading to your destinations. The camera angle also seems to move around more, but it often positions itself so that one or more characters are hidden behind a wall. This was a regular annoyance that made exploration and interaction with the environment quite difficult in some areas. The final boss battle against Davian adds one new element to combat that forces you to run away to avoid a trap once every 10 turns or so, but otherwise the combat was just a drawn-out battle against an enemy with 1700 health. (Prior to this the most health you see on an enemy is around 175, so this battle takes considerably longer.) I would have liked to see the battle go through more stages with the boss performing different attacks as he lost health. This fight was clearly a missed opportunity for something great. In fact, all of Episode 3 seems to be a missed opportunity to really show off some creativity. Episode 3 just doesn't offer the same charm as Episode 1 or the same challenge as Episode 2. Episode 3 is a somewhat enjoyable and fun end to Season 1, but it concludes without really wrapping up any of the plot points that Season 1 focused on through the three episodes. Episode 3 concludes with a boss fight against the primary antagonist, but you don't actually stop what he was doing. This also means Season 1 concludes prior to you reaching your goal at the Eon Altar, which is supposed to be the whole purpose of the game. I don't know if Flying Helmet Games will ever conclude the Eon Altar story. The series was originally slated for nine episodes with two or more chapters per episode. That seems unnecessarily long for a game that really can't add much beyond what was already showcased in these first three episodes. Unfortunately there are currently no plans to produce Season 2, so fans will be left wanting more.
If you played previous Eon Altar games, then you know the drill. If you never played it, the most non-spoiler review I could give is this - your mobile phone is the hero in this game, because you control it through it. Simple concept, but its implementation and execution here is simply amazing. This final episode is no exception. It took a long way to finally see a finish line, but here it is. If you liked previous episodes, you will love it - the graphics, sound and writing is just as high quality as it was with previous episodes. If you never played it, whole pack, because once you will play first episode, you will want to know what happens later.
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