This is Gaming Cypher’s review done by Justin Park of mobile title, Severed by developer Drinkbox Studios .
Severed is an action adventure game now available on iOS. It has previously been released on PlayStation Vita, but this was my first time playing through it. When I started up Severed, I couldn’t believe that this game had not been released on mobile before the Vita. Maybe it was just ported very well, but many of the gameplay mechanics seemed to be more fitting for mobile than any other console.
One of the first things I noticed playing Severed was the atmosphere and art. It seems that DrinkBox Studios followed their signature art design to a degree. There is an interesting stylistic balance of early 2000’s cartoons and the unsettling, monster-filled world of Severed. The music adds to the feel of the game quite a bit as well. Severed is a cool-looking game, and definitely unique if anything.
Sasha, the game’s main protagonist, wakes up in a terrible and vastly different world than the one we are familiar with. She’s lost an arm, and soon a monster gives her a sword and a quest. You, as Sasha, must find her family in order to return home. The information you receive regarding the story is definitely intriguing, and makes you curious about the world. Sadly, a lot of the mystery regarding the world isn’t fleshed out extensively. Don’t get me wrong, Severed still has a dark story that I enjoyed. I just would’ve appreciated a little more backstory.
As for the gameplay, I was definitely impressed by how Severed defied my initial expectations. At first, the movement felt a bit clunky, and I thought I would have to slog through another “action” mobile game where you would just have to swipe the screen as fast as you could. Thankfully, there is so much more than that. I gradually got used to the different movement controls, and the mini map helped me a lot. There are numerous types of enemies, and you must approach them based on their attacks and defenses. Whether its timing your swipes/attacks, identifying different weak spots, or blocking and countering correctly, the combat in Severed offers a lot of depth. Later on, you are required to face multiple enemies. Since you can only face one enemy at a time, timing becomes even more important. The crazy thing is that this isn’t it. The focus bar during combat gives you the opportunity to “sever” the limbs of an opponent for parts. There is also an RPG element to the game. You can use the parts you collect to upgrade Sasha in various ways. Severed eventually becomes an intricate action game that combines a lot of elements to make an end product that feels very complete.
I had a lot of fun with Severed, and I think anybody interested in Action Adventure games on mobile would thoroughly enjoy this game. If you haven’t played Severed yet, I would definitely recommend giving it a shot. I rate Severed a 10/10.
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Download Severed on the App Store for $6.99 on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.