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Illusia for Android offers the perfect fusion of anime visuals and RPG action

by Tim McLain

Paging all mobile RPG lovers: Illusia has arrived, and the gang at GAMEVIL has raised the bar to new heights. The perfect fusion of anime visuals and side-scrolling RPG action, Zenonia fans will feel right at home in this story-rich side-scrolling title.

It's time to strap on some virtual armor, and take on the role of Hero. Aztaran and its seven stages of story mode await you. The game's anime art style is a treat for the eye, and each battle takes on a decidedly "animated" feel (think cartoons) as you take turns attacking each other.

You'll start with just two character choices — magic user (ranged attacker) or melee (physical fighter) — but 14 unique sub-categories mean you'll want to carefully choose your active, buff and passive skills. While you can't name your character, and the avatar images are set at the start, you can apply unique armor sets and weaponry along the way.

As you ding and level-up, you'll want to immediately put your XP points into strength, intelligence and dexterity. Be sure to keep an eye on your XP meter, as you'll probably level-up without noticing it. The quicker you allocate new points to your abilities, the less likely it is that you'll perish.

While the game itself is a wonder to behold, the installation and initial gameplay experience can be off-putting. With an initial download of 18MB of content (which can't be moved to your SD card), and more than 10 minutes of tutorial to play through, that leaves you five short minutes to play the actual game before the Android marketplace's refund window shuts on your tender fingers.

Do your research before you plunk down your $5, because there's no demo to give you a taste before committing to this beast. The touch-screen controls are also touchy in intense moments, and here's hoping GAMEVIL releases a patch soon to clean up this annoyance.

Add in a rush and mission mode, and the game expands well beyond the usual RPG offerings. Zenonia lovers, grab Illusia today. You won't regret it.

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