Can't wait for The Elder Scrolls: Blades? Try these games

Can't wait for The Elder Scrolls: Blades? Try these games

4 hack-and-slash gems

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Update: The Elder Scrolls Blades is now available for iOS and Android, so long as you were lucky enough to get into the game's early access program. If you haven't signed up yet, click here to find out how.

The Elder Scrolls: Blades is heading to iOS later this week, promising to provide a uniquely accessible mobile take on one of the most prestigious RPG series of all time.

If you've preordered Bethesda's lush-looking first-person quester and now find yourself twiddling your thumbs forlornly in anticipation, you're in for an agonising few days. Elder Scrolls: Blades isn't expected to land until Friday.

Yes, that's a bit of a delay. But don't sweat it. These four games should fill in admirably over the next few days.

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Infinity Blade III

Developer: Chair Entertainment
Available on: iOS
Genre: Action
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Infinity Blade III

The graphically lush swipe-based shield-and-sword combat of Elder Scrolls: Blades also reminds us a lot of the Infinity Blade series, although Chair's games also share a serious fantasy setting that isn't a million miles away from Bethesda's world.

Conversely, the series doesn't offer you quite as much control over your movement. It's all about the fighting.


Developer: DrinkBox Studios
Available on: iOS + PS Vita
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fighting
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Elder Scrolls: Blades gives you a first person questing and swipey-slashy combat system that reminds us quite a lot of Severed. This despite the fact that two two games could scarcely look more different.

If you can get over the lack of elves and goblins, DrinkBox's beautiful dungeon crawler should provide you with days of engrossing (if slightly off-kilter) adventuring ahead of Blades. Who knows, you might even end up preferring it...

Ravensword: Shadowlands

Developer: Crescent Moon Games
Available on: iOS + Android + Steam
Genre: RPG
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Ravensword: Shadowlands

It's getting rather long in the tooth now, but Ravensword: Shadowlands has long been cited as a game that plays rather like the classic Elder Scrolls experience. It's a big, open(ish), free-roaming RPG.

In fact, having seen Elder Scrolls: Blades in action, you could say that Ravensword: Shadowlands plays more like Elder Scrolls than the actual Elder Scrolls game.

Wayward Souls

Developer: RocketCat Games
Publisher: RocketCat Games
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Action, RPG
Wayward Souls (formerly Wayward Saga)

If you're talking about fantasy hack-and-slash RPGs, you can't get much better on mobile than Wayward Souls. Okay, so it adopts a top-down 16-bit style rather than the lush first person 3D style of Elder Scrolls.

But for pure satisfying slice-and-loot gameplay - with a little magic - Wayward Souls is a true classic. If you haven't played it yet, it'll keep you busy well past Friday.

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Jon Mundy
Jon Mundy
Jon is a consummate expert in adventure, action, and sports games. Which is just as well, as in real life he's timid, lazy, and unfit. It's amazing how these things even themselves out.