Only One – A Retro Arcade Arena On iOS

3.5 Overall Score
Gameplay: 3.5/5
Design: 3.5/5
Duration: 4/5

Level based arcade arena | Quality checkpoint system | Nice pixel art style

A bit monotonous at times | Can be overly simplistic


Can you battle your way to be the king of the mountain, and the only one left standing? That’s your goal in the new iOS arcade arena game Only One, where you try to defeat every single enemy that appears on a pillar in the sky. The game includes pixel art graphics to depict the sword combat which is controlled through a simple floating joystick, and action button. The game is all about action with the arena mentality allowing you to try to either kill enemies where they stand for loot, or knock them right off the edge of the pillar.
There are 70 levels included that introduce soldiers, archers, slime blobs, wizards, knights, berserkers, and more. The best part of the game is that it’s not just an endless arena game, and in fact there are actual checkpoints every ten levels. The game includes seven boss battles through the 70 levels, so you get to unlock a checkpoint after each completed boss. It lets you restart your next run at a higher difficulty, and just your score is reset. As you battle your way through the enemies, your sword grows stronger to unlock new special abilities including freeze, push, bubble, reflect, and more. All of it combines to keep you intrigued to keep battling your way forward to truly be the Only One left.

The game starts out simple enough as there’s just one button to attack, and there are minimal attack animations. As the enemy variety increases you will need a few more strategies, but it’s mostly the same game with just increased difficulty as you go. The onslaught levels of ten enemies, and the boss battles really shine, but the other levels can be somewhat redundant. Not only that, but it’s a bit too easy more often than not, and it can be a little bland to chase down an enemy, dodge their simple attack, and then attack in your own right. Although there’s an arcade arena style, there never is any true chaotic nature, or even intense sequences. With that said, the level structure with checkpoints keeps you coming back, and you will be rewarded for your patience later on in the game when the difficulty amps up.

Only One (Free, Universal) has plenty of style infused into a game that is accessible to all while offering simple fun making it worth picking up. Also, the game is free to play with in-app purchases for power to help unlock the special abilities quicker.


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