The Eternal is an arcade style game where you collect blue glowing orbs while avoiding obstacles to rack up points. You play as a range of spirits that work their way up a randomly generated obstacle course. The game is simple enough that kids could play it, but the tutorial starting out is confusing and virtually non-existent. There are also things you can do to earn extra points for unlockables that are pretty simple like letting a video run on your phone if you want to make progress faster. The game also has a few irritation features that may or may not pick your nerves depending on your level of patience with it. The game is overall pretty entertaining, but for the things you do need to know we’ve got you covered.
The Eternal starts up in the game like most iOS games tend to do without much instruction to guide you. The only flaw I found with the lack of instructions is there is an arrow that points up when you start leading you to believe you should swipe up. If you can ignore that and just tap the screen you will find that the little ghost ball will move away from where you tapped. The way you tap the screen, how fast, and on what side determines the speed and momentum in which you go through the course. The object of the game is to at all cost not tap yourself into anything but the score balls and purple crystals for as long as you can. By working your way up and collecting points you will be able to unlock additional characters that all move in different ways unlocking new levels of challenge with learning the controls for each character’s different movement.
Now, this game does have a very irritating amount of quirks that comes with it. After a few playthroughs, you can be forced into ads and short game demos that take a few seconds of your time up. While this isn’t so bad at first it can quickly grate on your nerves if you get really into the game. On top of that the map is randomly generated and will have different obstacles in it at times like spinning blades and ballistics that will kill you on contact. These can be difficult or even impossible to get around and may cause you some frustration.
Overall though the game isn’t bad, but with the constant stream of ads it does make it a lot harder to enjoy at times. As always The Eternal can be found on the AppStore if you do desire to try it and this game is completely free so you can try it without risking your wallet.