Qalvinius (iPhone) Review: Unimpressive and Disappointing in One Package

My first 10 minutes with Terato Tech’s iPhone game, Qalvinius, left me really unimpressed and disappointed with it. The game attempts to meld aspects from RPG games with that of 2D traditional side-scrollers.  The game starts at the hub town of Qalvinius and first maddening 10 minutes had me doing quests that involve running up to a certain NPC to strike up a conversation, before running off to the next NPC.

It got to the point whereby Quest 1 was given by a certain character (A) to talk to another (B), and once I’ve have completed that, B gave me a new quest, which is to talk to A. Such a lame premise (it’s all talk talk talk and more talk…see screenshots below)  is compounded by really lame combat. The main character, Ares, who although looks like he is equipped with a sword from the onset is then given a wooden sword in one of the quests.

The monsters that you are assigned to kill are really dangerous especially when they surround the player character; you are almost certain to die in your very first combat quest…and I thought these things only happen in Demon’s Souls. As much as I want to see a local mobile game developer succeed, I can’t believe that the output turned out to be an uninspired/half-baked amalgamation of ideas. It’s very difficult to recommend Qalvinius and I think that lessons from this debut must be taken to heart in order for Terato to come up with better games.

Qalvinius is currently available for free (for a limited time) on the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/qalvinius/id383276106?mt=8

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  3. Reza August 4, 2010

    Thanks for your feedback. This was something which was lacking in our beta program. Do email me at reza(di)teratodotcom and would be happy to have you in our beta program.

    Again thanks for the feedback.

  4. Novawolf September 11, 2010

    I like this game and it’s not as bad as the review said it would be unless if you don’t have any patience, you hate reading conversations and you really hope for a hack n slash action rpg, well too bad this isn’t it but if do like how a story plays out and is very patient when it comes to waiting for 10 minutes then I would suggest this game

  5. dbaz September 16, 2010

    While there are several things that could be improved, I have really enjoyed playing the game. To me the big area of improvement are around user awareness…a little more preface to the story…a better understanding of what each item is (why do I have to buy an item to find out what it’s properties are)…what is a gold coin vs a silver coin vs a copper coin worth??? (might have covered this in the first quest…)

    Overall…it has been quite fun…2 thumbs up.

  6. marlon September 17, 2010

    the game QALVINIUS… is awesome but, i think this is only limited time… im level 30 now but the game stop to the quest of STONE the need to bring to the old warrior… i hope this games is Full version and have the End of the qUest… because this games so great and i enjoy playing it and i got disappointed in the process

  7. FreakZoid September 25, 2010

    this game is nice to play and FREE. im level 24 now… the game is finish after fight the big octopus and the story is in the middle of air… no ending… suddently come out final movie and the game end.