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Blizzard released Diablo seventeen years ago, and its effect on the dungeon crawler genre is still being felt. Take Archangel for example: ostensibly a technical demo for the cross-platform Unity game engine, this title could have used almost any kind of format to show off its graphical prowess. Instead it's a pretty brazen Diablo clone, including the supernatural themes and "kill everything that moves" gameplay.

Maybe that's a little harsh - the trailer does show off some special moves that can only be activated via touchscreen gestures, in a sort of mobile translation of the brush attacks from console favorite Okami. And the full 3D environments and enemies look pretty good, by Unity standards, with lots of lighting and particle effects to show off. Archangel is the first "core" game published by Unity itself, with rookie Japanese developer Black Tower Studios providing the legwork. I would imagine that more titles showing off Unity's technical capabilities will follow later this year.

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Archangel includes 30 levels of top-down demon-killing action, and a few interesting elements like a betting minigame at the end of each stage. Since Unity is promoting the cross-platform nature of its game engine, game progress is saved on their cloud servers in case you want to pick up where you left off on an iOS device (or another Android phone or tablet). Of course, that means you'll need to shell out for the iOS version of Archangel in addition to the $5 Android game... which also includes in-app purchases.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Co1e

    Lost me with the IAPs.

    • Sorian

      Well, is the IAPs needed to actually advance or is it optional?

      • wolfkabal

        Completely optional - basically there for those who don't want to grind.

        • DaveTexan

          Agree! I played Dungeon Hunter 4 to final battle without paying a dime. It was extremely painful due to the timers they set. I'd gladly pay $10 if they offer to permanently disable the timers.

    • xsirxx

      Same I refuse to buy or even download free games that abuse the IAPs. Just cant stand it!

      I actually really enjoyed Injustice Gods Among Us until I ran out of power and realized that if I wanted to keep playing I would have to buy it everyday or only be able to play for 5 mins a day. I would have purchased it straight out for 10$! Instead they got 0$ from me.

      • ranova

        so you didnt play PvZ2 and the Kingdom rush games? Both def doable without IAPs! some games are play to win, some are optional

        • xsirxx

          No I didnt unfortunately. I just havent had the time. I played PvZ one though and that was a realllyyy fun game.

        • Cheeseball

          Yeah, but those are not timer-limited games. Kingdom Rush also has a DRM-free side-loadable version that doesn't include any IAPs at all, but it was a Humble Bundle-exclusive way back.

          • Alied1333

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          • Himmat Singh

            Did that version have all heroes unlocked?

          • Cheeseball

            All heroes are unlocked and there is no gem currency.

      • Nate Talbert

        Once you get a little further in Injustice:gods among us, you never have to worry about the time issue. After you start to get a few new characters, you can play longer and longer each time. I have been playing for 2 weeks without a single iap and I can now play for over 2 hours non stop.

      • Alexander Harvey

        Hey guys, this is Alex from BlackTower

        I just wanted to chime in because we're pretty familiar with the concern you have here - and I want to say we understand.

        You absolutely don't need to purchase anything - all levels are unlocked by playing and all items are available with the game currency (which is balanced in a way that purchasing shouldn't be necessary).

        We were originally going to go with a free model but were advised against it, so it ended up kind of having both.

        On another note for those who are playing - we're updating to make the game a lot faster with the unlimited teleport ability from level 2. Android is already updated and we're actually uploading the iOS update as I speak!

        • xsirxx

          Alex, not to be an ass but did you guys ever think to just charge for it? There are a whole slew of us out there that will buy the game if it doesn't have iaps. But there are also a ton of us that iaps scare us off completely. And you could be telling the truth but let me also tell you that every developer says exactly what you just said. Hence the bad rep.

          • taffy23

            Like a couple of others said, the IAPs seem to be optional. The only things I've seen so far are some outfits and extra coins. If you want more coins you can just repeat levels instead.

          • impulse101

            Jews, you dont need to use IAPs. There are many games that have IAPs that arent necessary, like this game.

    • Cat Astrophy

      Yep the last few words in the article brought the whole thing down for me.

    • A.M

      don't trip give it some time there will be a modded apk with unlimited cash or ur rooted you can use freedom for IAPS

      • Nightfall

        Stealing is not a solution I can accept. Just because I'm not buying the game on principle (IAPs), doesn't mean I should steal it.

        • Primalxconvoy

          I agree with you both. Devs have said that iap's are used due to piracy so by pirating games with iap's, it's a message to them that iap's are no excuse.

          • Nightfall

            It could also be a message that they need to come up with stricter IAPs.

            You can send a stronger message by not buying the app.

        • A.M

          There's ONLY 1 game pirated with the unlimited money played it I really liked it Combo Crew but hated that there was no way to get the Capcom Characters V.Joe Chun-Li Ken Ryu Blanka so I bought the game & the Capcom Characters since I'm rooted went to titanium backup backed the data up so now when ever I switch devices place the zip in t.backup folder restore data then i'll start back right where I was (even tho they do have Play Games app) does that for you

    • Robert Boluyt

      Same. IAPs equals an automatic no purchase for me.

    • John Smith

      $5 *and* IAP's. For fucks sake... since it's an RPG you know IAP's are going to rape the customer.

  • Matthew Fry

    "Core?" As in hardcore? As in non-casual?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      No, as in flagship.

  • Martin

    Looks amazing! :-)

  • ShahinTr

    Ok, am I the only one who got lost in this trailer? What was going on? LOL

  • Derek Francis

    What's "core" game ? I'm sure this is still not AAA game. Just watching from video I can see movement is still not smooth, far from enjoyable.

    For comparison, Dragon Quest VIII for android uses Unity engine, and that's AAA game.
    Graphic as awesome as ps2 version. Too bad still in japanese.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Their words, not ours. Considering Unity Games already has a bunch of games published, my guess is they meant one that they really put a lot of effort into.

  • Jadephyre

    Lost me with IAP, forget it.

  • Drago

    Heh. The logo icon kind of looks like a vagina and labia.

    OK. I'm being childish (but somewhat accurate!).

    • gk1984

      I jumped STRAIGHT to the comment section to post this... guess I was about 3 hours too late

    • John Smith

      Indeed, the logo looks like my mental "Point of View" snapshot just before my mouth makes a touchdown.

  • Michael Pahl

    if i squint my eyes that logo looks like a snatch.

    • Nightfall

      Now I can't stop seeing that. Lol.

    • Primalxconvoy

      Well, what type of people charge for a game and then add iap's?

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  • gk1984

    So... charge for a game, then charge those people who bought it even more with in-app purchases? I smell greed...

  • Primalxconvoy

    You lost me at "touch gestures" and "iaps".

    To the sideloads!

  • William F Brockman

    not as cool as diablo

  • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

    You know, I really, really hate being "That Guy," I really do... but that logo totally looks like a vagina.

  • Foreskinner

    Just played over 5 hours of it! The only thing you need IAP for are different costumes! Every item is bought with in-game currency which is easily attainable. I seem to have enough after each level to get one of my current set items. If you don't have enough then you can easily just farm a previous level with your new skills. I have enjoyed it a heck of a lot so far...it's really really twitchy about 1/3 through the game!

  • Knersis

    Does it support any controllers, SHIELD for example?