Late last month we told you about Ernest Szoka's Only One, a king-of-the-hill style hack'n slash for iOS that had at the time just been submitted to Apple. Well, the Apple approval gears cranked away and Only One [Free] is now available in the App Store. Inspired by the Jet Li action flick The One, Only One sees your player materialize on the top of a circular tower with a glowing sword in hand. Bad guys similarly materialize in increasingly greater numbers, and it's your job to hack'n slash them to death or simply hack them off the side of the arena, plunging them to a likely messy death.

This simple core idea is fleshed out with an interesting progression system. Orbs dropped by enemies can be collected and used to buy new abilities for your hero, and though the game doesn't have an overly-complex skill tree, you still have a nice bit of freedom to choose the particular strengths and powers that your hero will learn. You can get a good idea of what Only One is all about in the following trailer.

I have to say I'm really enjoying Only One in my brief time with it so far. The action starts out slower-paced than I imagined, but as you get deeper in the game and the number of enemies starts to increase, it ends up being for the best and is plenty frantic. The upgrade system is awesome, and you can really feel your hero getting more powerful as you go. Also, the sounds and visuals really complement the action. My one minor complaint so far is that the virtual stick feels a bit too small, but hopefully that's something that will be tweaked in an update.

Only One is free to download, with IAP coin packs and a coin doubler if you have the urge to speed up your progression. It all feels very unnecessary though, as the in-game currency is doled out quite generously. For free, there's really no reason not to download and check out Only One, and more impressions can be found in our forums.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com/ Silent Rocco

    My new favorite iOS game. Clicks perfectly with me. There's even a 10000000 vibe with it.

  • Echoen

    Amazingly fun game at a ridiculously low price! (say free?)

  • CzechCongo

    The end of the article is hidden by the app bar at the bottom.

  • anabolicMike

    Honestly? Good freaking find. I love it. I'll be spending real coin simply because of how good thing this is. It's damn fun! Great and impressive find! Expecially after that dungeon keeper crap that ruined the way I looked at devs and mobile games. This one is good enough to blow through the depression.

    Sob....thank you. Thank you so much...sob....sniffle....

  • Taeles

    Note : Gamecenter = leaderboards, no achievements though. Solid game however, enjoying it alot :)

  • Louis-Nicolas Dozois

    I'm so glad everybody gets to play this now!!! If, like me, you are freemium averse, I recommend the Power Double for two bucks. It, basically, feels like "buying the game" and makes the progression feel just right.

  • nandreetta

    The cake is a lie. :(

    • http://www.google.com/ Giscard

      That's what killed me the first time I played XD

  • JCho133

    Jared you're supposed to encourage people to buy the IAP haha

  • 61050

    this one is fun, for sure, but im having a hard time dealing with with the visuals. i get that some people think outdated graphics equals fresh and cool, more power to you and all, but this looks like it was drawn in ms paint. did they even try? dont get me wrong, its still a fun game (especially for the price), and id still recommend it, but i just wish that game developers would stop looking to dos for design inspiration.

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      You know, I see comments like this sometimes and it always drives me nuts. Pixel art is just a style, and it's one that's very hard to do well. Implying they didn't even try is just plain mean. Just because technology allows for things like crazy 3D visuals doesn't mean that's all that should be used. It's like telling an artist whose main medium is graphite that they should just stop because don't they know we have computers now? I'm not saying you have to like pixel art, but implying that a game uses this style just because it was no effort or due to a lack of talent is ignorant.

      • anabolicMike

        Brilliant man this Jared is.

      • Raider_-z

        Rage much I bet your used to that though lol

      • 61050

        youre right, i take it back. i would recommend this game.

      • anabolicMike

        I love pixel graphics. Immediately draws my attention. Very enjoyable. This game has been played for hours. If it was a NES cartridge it would be melted or heavily smoking. I would certainly be at the stage where I have to blow in the end of it and try to slide it into my NES jjjjuuuusssssttt right.

  • evilabdy

    Having a lot of fun with this. It was a great ios gaming surprise today

  • NinjaKitteh

    Love the nod to Golden Axe with the little thief you can blitz for a lot of treasure.

  • slyiron

    This is pure shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Alexythimia23

      I can see why you think that... But its actually alot of fun, love how the retro graphics makes you use your imagination a lot more, gritty graphics can make a game way more atmospheric, but for free i would not go as far as to call it shite? Each to their own, but i am personally wanting more of a real gaming experience come to ios such as more old ports so if your used to those kind of games i can see why stuff like this may put you off, all in all though i like, thumbs up

  • Chungston

    I wish there was leaderboards for points and time and gc achievements.

  • http://www.google.com/ Giscard

    I really love this game! But can someone please put me in contact with the makers. Cus I have a an idea that could be put in the game in one of the updates. You could play multiplayer with your gamecenter friends! The host of the game will be able to toggle friendly fire on and off, as you either fight eachother aswell as the enemies, or fight the enemies together! Your friends name and health/shield will be visible similar to the boss's. Except it will be on the top of the screen instead of the bottom, as you will be fighting boss's during the game. Hope you guys like my idea! Thanks — Giscard.