by Matt Cabral
While a mobile game based on a movie that, itself, is based on a young adult fantasy book franchise might sound like a marketing-spun disaster, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones looks like a promising fit for the interactive medium. In fact, the series’ premise--which sees half-angel, half-human “Shadowhunters” thwarting supernatural threats on the streets of New York City--seems as well suited to twitchy-thumbed gamers as it does popcorn-scoffing filmgoers.
Adopting an action-RPG approach, the free-to-play title encourages fans to loot, level, and lay waste to monsters of the fanged, clawed, and horned variety. While we won’t know until next week if the film’s a Harry Potter-like hit or Percy Jackson-flavored flop, players can start hacking and slashing tomorrow on iOS and Android devices. In the meantime, the following trailer offers a sneak peak at the monster-carving, rune-collecting action.