Combine the side scrolling action of classic beat-'em-ups like 'Final Fight' and 'Streets of Rage' with RPG (role playing game) elements and a storyline wonderfully crafted around the legend of the sword in the stone, and you have Reality Squared Games' 'Excalibur'. It is the first side-scrolling, action-MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game) for the android platform. Players can choose from four classes: knight, assassin, wizard and archer. Intense, fast paced action will keep players interested as they develop their characters and destroy a myriad of demons and monsters on a quest to unite Britain and rid it of evil.
Players who are new to the genre will easily fall in line with the game's hack and slash style of play. For experienced MMORPG fans, Excalibur boasts an easy to use but deep system of advancing character attributes through equipping gems and synthesizing new armors and weapons. Spirit animals called fae, accompany characters through out the game and can also equip tools that enhance player stats. Plays can engage in single player missions, multiplayer crusades and can even battle each other.
Alongside single and multiplayer crusades, players can create and join guilds and take part in a plethora of events that provide items for in-game use. An added element that players can take delight in, is the ranking system. The game provides real time ranking of character statistics for an added level of competition.
Though the game is a free download, it does make use of in-app purchases. However, these purchases are not necessary to advance far into the game.
'Excalibur' is solid MMO and an excellent choice for those who are new to the genre. Fans of RPGs will not be disappointed and may very well add it to their collection of favorite titles.