Back in the 1980s, Saint Seiya was all the rage amongst shonen manga enthusiasts. The story focused on a dynamic team of young heroes, called Saints, caught up in a battle with Olympian gods. Its huge popularity led to a whole host of anime, film and game adaptations that continue to this day (Saint Seiya characters have even been turned into prizes in pachinko machines!). Now there’s a new installment that’s sure to give fans more of what they want – Saint Seiya Awakening: Knights of the Zodiac.
Created as a collaboration between Tencent, Yoozoo Games and the manga’s author Masami Kurumada, this latest adaptation is an action-packed online RPG for the mobile. When it was first released in selected Asian territories, it climbed right to the top of highest-grossing charts in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. Now the rest of the world can get in on the action.
The game draws heavily from the manga, putting you in control of a Saint whose mission is to protect the goddess Athena. As the story develops, you encounter a range of foes who you must defeat in high-speed, turn-based battles. Fighting by your side is a collection of fellow warriors you’ve assembled along the way. You can collect hundreds of characters from which to build your party, and each comes with explosive special moves. The fights are made all the more enjoyable by the vibrant, full-3D graphics, which retain the anime style of Saint Seiya.