Eon Altar is a local co-operative RPG that you play using a central display and your smartphone or tablet. You and your friends will embark on a journey to explore the dungeons and tunnels that stretch below Tarnums Fortress. You’ll control your character’s movement and combat using a free app on your smartphone.
Inside the dungeons you’ll pick up quests, loot, and have to defeat monsters. Combat can be turn-based or you can act simultaneously for quicker fights. Though acting simultaneously could mean that you accidentally roast your friend with an AOE attack, or that you waste your strongest attack on a foe that your friend just killed.
All of your information gets delivered to your device, including weapon and skill upgrade functions. You’ll even get secret thoughts, quests and and dialogue during the campaign mode. Choose to either communicate your secret knowledge to your friends or use it against them to work toward your own goals.
There are five characters to choose from, each with their own backstory, quests, and abilities. All of the NPCs are fully voiced, whereas you are the voice of your own character.
So far the game has gotten very good reviews. Steam reviewers enjoy the immersive story and recommend it for people looking for a fun couch co-op. Niche Gamer said “For those of you that like classic RPGs and actually role-playing with your friends D&D style – buckle up, because this one is for you.” RPG Fan also really enjoyed the game, praising it for its innovative nature.
The first episode of Eon Altar is available on Steam for PC and Mac, with two more episodes planned for Fall and Winter 2016. The first episode includes a campaign story with three levels and takes about five hours to play. In order to play, you’ll also need to download the free app, which is compatible on iPhone 4s or later, iPad Mini, iPad 2 or later, and any Android phone or tablet with at least 512mb of RAM and Android 4.1 ‘Jellybean’ or later.