Android/iOS Review: Deus Ex GO

Deus Ex joins the growing GO label of games, but is it a good fit?

With Deus Ex: Mankind Divided now out (Expect the full review for that next week, fingers crossed) it seems Square-Enix is wasting no time in giving us a load of Deus Ex content in other mediums such as comic books, novels and even an Android/iOS game that has the GO now attached. Hitman and Tomb Raider were the first to get GO titles, with Hitman’s version getting a Definitive Edition for consoles. The big question is how does Adam Jensen stack up on mobile?
I have yet to play Tomb Raider GO, but I assume it too is very similar to Hitman GO. Deus Ex is as well, you essentially move Jensen across a grid back and forth to reach the goal at the end. Enemies will spot you and try and take you out, but they are easily manipulated with their routines. You can also hack turrets and security barriers, but you will mostly rely on good old-fashioned stealth.

Combining the GO template to Deus Ex works incredibly well, more so than I could have imagined actually. Turning the stealth based gameplay of the series into a more turn-based experience is refreshing and it actually has a decent story to go along with it. There are plenty of stages for you to get through and while some of them will offer difficult moments, you can overcome them if you take a minute to think about it.
Deus Ex GO looks impressive to boot, running smoothly and not making a huge impact on battery life…at least not on my device. Load times are short and the animations seem fluid, they’ve definitely captured the essence of Deus Ex here.

The Verdict

I admit I was skeptical when I heard that they were combining Deus Ex with the GO brand, but it works and works well. It’s a bargain for what’s on offer too, so treat yourself to a cheap yet brilliant turn-based strategy title that just happens to be about Deus Ex too. It’s win-win.

Score: 9.0