Bastion for iOS review: A unique RPG that's both fun and funny

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.5
  • Installation and Setup: 10.0
  • Features and Support: 9.0
  • Interface: 8.0
  • Performance: 9.0
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The Good Bastion features great-looking hand-painted graphics, unique dynamic narration that keeps the story interesting, and tons of shoot-'em-up action.

The Bad The weapon upgrade system comes with no directions. New weapons automatically replace weapons on your character, sometimes removing your favorite weapon from your current inventory.

The Bottom Line Bastion is a fun and strange adventure that almost any gamer will enjoy, with plenty of action, artistic environments, and a narrator who ties it all together.

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Editors' note: The regular price for this game is $4.99, but it is on sale for a limited time for 99 cents.

Bastion is a faithful iOS port of the award-winning artistic action RPG that first came out for the Xbox 360 in 2011. Now you'll be able to explore the strange world of The Calamity on the go, and solve the mystery of the catastrophe that shattered our world (literally) into pieces.

Enter a broken world
You play as the Kid, an adventurer trying to piece the world back together by finding crystal-like "cores" and bringing them back to the "Bastion" that acts as your base camp. With each core returned, the Bastion rebuilds itself. As you explore in search of cores, you'll battle several different types of monsters that require that you choose the right weapon for the job. Fortunately, you'll find a number of different upgradable weapons around the world to help you in your task, but even with your formidable arsenal, the game is still very challenging.

There are special buildings in the game that you'll come across and later be able to build at your Bastion. At first you'll run across the Arsenal and the Distillery for switching weapons and drinking magic potions that give you bonuses. But later the Foundry lets you upgrade your weapons with special items found around the game world. Once you're able to build each of the six available buildings at the Bastion, you'll always have them close at hand, but in the beginning part of the game, you'll have to seek them out to make changes.

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Where to Buy

Bastion (iOS)

Part Number: id537773100

$4.99

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  • Category Games
  • Compatibility iOS
About The Author

Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.