Epic Zen Garden For iOS — A Taste Of iOS 8 (Review)

epic zen gardenEpic Zen Garden is an App built to demonstrate the magnificence and exquisiteness of Apple’s iOS 8. Developed by Epic Games and powered by Unreal Engine 4, the App was featured in Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference back in June to exhibit unmatched graphical superiority of Unreal Engine 4 using Apple’s new, low-level rendering Metal API.

Content and Features

Epic Zen Garden showcases a brilliant set of serene and vibrant environments coupled with high-fidelity graphics. As the name suggests, the App uses a gorgeous Japanese Zen Garden and unparalleled graphics powered by Unreal Engine 4 to give you an idea of the calibre of graphics supported by the recently unveiled iOS platform. You can tell that Apple’s New Metal API is definitely a game changer in the gaming graphics industry. For instance, in addition to the beautiful Japanese Zen Garden, the App is built with a wide range of tranquil scenes that showcases the splendour of the iOS 8-based Metal API, like a breathtaking Zen Garden that allows you to rake impressive artwork on a pool of sand by simply swiping on the screen.

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Epic Zen has a stunning video display in 30fps and a remarkable 1440×1080 resolution. The App also uses 4 Multi Sample Anti-Aliasing (MSAA) techniques used to improve image quality by eliminating serrated edges in 3D Apps. Finally, among other technical features, Epic Zen has 3,500 butterflies that are approximately equal to 4,000 draw calls as revealed in Apple’s WWDC 2014 Tech Demo.

Design and Appearance

With its spectacular and unrivalled graphics, it’s unquestionable that the App has a superior design. In fact, all it takes to experience the App’s magnificence is tapping and swiping back and forth on the main screen. For instance, tapping the main screen unleashes a flying throng of butterflies in a lovely display, while scrolling enables you to change from one scene to another. The App has numerous such vibrant and event–featured scenes displayed in outstanding high frame rates.

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As expected from the tech demo, the integrated Metal graphics API makes Epic Zen Garden’s appearance absolutely beautiful. For instance, calm and tranquil scenes of cherry blossom swirls from a Sakura tree, an exquisite koi fish pond and a stunningly attractive mansion with an outdoor deck are some of the features you’ll marvel at.

The Good:

* High-Fidelity Graphics Powered by Unreal Engine 4.
* Metal API .
* Tranquil Scenes with spectacular visuals.

The Not So Good:

* Not compatible with iPhone 5 or iPad 4th generation.

The Verdict!

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Designed as an exclusive demo, Epic Zen gives you a taste of the next-generation graphics that can be supported by the iOS 8 platform. With the App you can appreciate the immense power of Unreal Engine 4 and Apple’s new Metal API on your iOS 8 device. Simply visit the App Store to download Epic Zen Garden for free.

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