It can be a time consuming task to scour the iTunes Free Games list and try and find something that's polished, playable, and fun. Too often the adage "you get what you pay for" comes to mind, and you'll most often be stuck with clunky UI, low-quality graphics, or games that have just one or two levels before they offer you "premium" upgrades.
However, when speaking about Tales of Furia, while perhaps not the most engaging, additive or even inventive game of its kind, is a solid freebie that offers exactly what's advertised - a platform game with decent graphics, music and design.
The GameplaySpeaking from worst aspect to best, the actual Game play is middle-of-the-road here. Its a platform jumper - and the only goal (besides getting to the top) is to collect stars along the way. Each level is incresingly more difficult, beginning with no obstacles at all and changing platform configurations from there on out. But, to be honest, it didn't get difficult even at the midway point through the 11 levels available. Sadly, other than aforementioned stars, and actual jumping - there's not much else going on. It's as simple as simple comes. The app page boasts of two difficultly levels, but in reality you're just given the option of 'unlimited lives' (Easy) or not (Hard).
I will give credit where credit is due, and say that having the character motion be controlled either by D-Pad Arrows (which are available both on left or right sides) or by movement is the best feature of using this game. I am terrible at gyroscopic-character movement so the D-pad arrows were a treat for me to use - and did not at all get in the way.
Great Graphics and MusicThe most impressive feature of the game is pretty much the fantastic detailed graphics, that somehow manage to invoke last-century style retro feel without being kitsch or 8-bit. The music soundtrack is subtle but great - and thankfully does not veer into corny syth melodies.
In the end, I think this game, while graphically and conceptually might be targeted at teens or young adults (the Rating is 9+) is really going to appeal to a younger audience. Take out the "Horror Themes" and you have a fun castle fantasy that would be great for kids. Oh, and add a few more collectibles or villains per level, to make it more interesting.