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Iron Maiden – Legacy Of The Beast game review

Eddie reenters the digital domain with Iron Maiden's Legacy Of The Beast

Iron Maiden's Legacy Of The Beast cover

It should have been easy. Create a mobile game tie-in? Simple. Replace coloured gems with Eddie’s grinning mug for a metal-clad Candy Crush. Dabble in AR and have fans track down wild Eddies à la Pokémon Go. But then, this is Iron Maiden.

They know nothing of half-measures, and neither do the Legacy Of The Beast creators. Instead of a quick cash-in we have an adventure built with substance and flair.

It draws on Maiden’s rich heritage of artwork as basis for the story and design and overlays its on a deep, turn-based strategy gameplay system. Locations and creatures are inspired by iconic album imagery, with settings backed by song cuts from the band’s extensive discography.

You control Maiden mascot Eddie and a growing number of allies battling for remnants of his shattered soul in numerous clashes. Every character fought beside or against has different attacks, strengths and weaknesses. It’s a massive, ever-shifting – and addictive – battlefield of rock, paper, scissors. It’s enjoyable enough to overcome the annoyance of needing an always-on mobile data connection to play, and if the gameplay is challenging, at least it’s fair, not forcing you to spend real-world money on upgrade shortcuts just to survive. Interactive Maiden worth playing.