Only One



    Only One's review

    Published: 2014-03-18, by Janel.

    Destroy waves of enemies to level up atop a pillar in the sky

    • Loads of enemies/abilities to discover
    • Simple, addictive gameplay
    • High quality sound design
    • Controls a little awkward

    "Last one standing"

    You're no Jet Li, and yet pushing foes off a sky-high pillar to an untimely demise is... satisfying. Don't be fooled by the humble pixel graphics of Ernest Szoka's Only One; they take on addictive life as you wield your magic sword against wave after wave of enemies.

    You'll start off with classic slimes, of course. Then come swordsmen, archers, mages - you'll find each wave is more devious than the last. Slash enough baddies and you'll level up, netting yourself an option of new abilities in the process. Will you freeze your attackers, permitting rampant hacks with your blade? Or will you simply push them off the edge, letting gravity do your dirty work? Intermittent boss battles keep you on your toes.

    The graphics are retro-pixels, sure - but they're really well done within that aesthetic, and the sound design is actually quite rich. Controls are via on-screen buttons, including a floating joystick (which can be switched to fixed in settings). The shortcomings of a touchscreen do show through here; it would be much more accurate to play with a physical controller.

    Ernest Szoka's Only One is addictive, well-made, and damn neat; you'll find yourself playing just one more round just to find out what the next wave of baddies looks like.

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    by Janel , Appszoom

    Mar 18, 2014


    TouchArcade - 4.5/5 "game with depth well beyond what you would expect"
    PocketGamer - 9/10 "A brilliantly paced, sharp-edged brawler "

    Over 2 million downloads!

    One of the best hack and slash games on mobile, Only One is an epic arena style sword fighting game where you push and kill waves of enemies off a pillar in the sky with your magical sword. You don't fight for glory, you fight to survive!

    Defeat your enemies in gruelling combat or take the easy way out and push them off the pillar to their death down below. Capture enemy shields to block your opponents attacks and use your abilities in strategic and dynamic ways like deflecting fireballs back at the wizard or going in dangerously close and unleashing the whirlwind.

    Gain powers and strength with a wide variety of abilities and upgrades. Hack and slash through over 90 waves and 9 bosses as you litter the tiny battlefield with bodies and blood to ultimately become the only one left standing!

    In App purchase "Ultimate Power" unlocks the full game experience

    Android Game Controller Support

    Awesome retro pixel art graphics and music
    Physics based sword combat with parry and shield mechanics
    Upgrade your character over time with better stats and really cool abilities like push, freeze, bubble, inferno whirlwind and dart
    100 levels of soldiers, slimes, archers, wizards, loot gnomes, berserkers and mini bosses
    Push your opponents off the pillar for easy kills and more points or strike them where they stand to get their loot
    Ladder based levelling with checkpoints every 10 levels, score resets each time you die
    Floating virtual joystick (can be changed to fixed in settings)
    Endless battle mode

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