What is it about?
Caelondia has suffered from an event referred to as the Calamity and it’s up to you, the Kid, to bring the land back to its former glory by rebuilding the Bastion, the community’s safe-haven. A port to iOS of the incredibly successful XBLA game, Bastion proves that you don’t need buttons to have a rich and in-depth gaming experience.
Why is it fun?
What has plagued so many other iOS action games are controls. Typically with iOS games, you use an on-screen joystick and attack buttons to serve the place of buttons on a typical controller. Bastion has you control the Kid by dragging your finger across the screen to tell him where to go; if there’s something in front of him, the Kid will automatically attack.
Classic controls are available, but I found that what made Bastion on the iPad so fun is that you aren’t struggling to press multiple buttons at once, or accidentally covering the screen and the game’s gorgeous environments.
Why should you play it?
I was skeptical that such a great XBLA game would make a smooth transition to iPad, but somehow Bastion has proved me wrong. The game looks great and plays great. I love the omniscient narrator, and the combat—with multiple upgradable weapons—is incredibly satisfying. Bastion is a true spectacle on the iPad and is not to be missed for any iOS gamers.