Fate/Grand Order finally makes it to North America

Fate/Grand Order finally makes it to North America

Jun 26, 2017

Yep!

Right on time — as promised — Aniplex’s Fate/Grand Order (English) is available on Google Play in North America. Fantastic news, as we get to see it this month as noted earlier this month.

This one is a full-fledged RPG, with backstory and engaging art clearly hinting at the game’s origin. it’s a trip through history, allowing players to call up historical figures and perform other activities, all with the goal of saving humanity.

One of the most successful mobile role-playing games ever in Japan, Fate/Grand Order has players summon powerful allies or Heroic Spirits, who are based on historical figures such as King Arthur, William Shakespeare, Hercules, and Joan of Arc. The game takes players back through history to embark on an epic quest known as Grand Order.

The game is free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.

Check out the trailer:

Upcoming game ‘Fate/Grand Order’ set for June release

Upcoming game ‘Fate/Grand Order’ set for June release

Jun 11, 2017

Aniplex will be launching a new, Android-bound RPG called Fate/Grand Order this month.

A bit more about the game (per the presser):

One of the most successful mobile role-playing games ever in Japan, Fate/Grand Order has players summon powerful allies or Heroic Spirits, who are based on historical figures such as King Arthur, William Shakespeare, Hercules, and Joan of Arc. The game takes players back through history to embark on an epic quest known as Grand Order. Released July 2015 in Japan, last fall in China, and just this past month in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau, Fate/Grand Order has been downloaded over 9 million times. It has consistently topped iOS and Android charts, outperforming other popular games in downloads and revenue. The game’s exciting storyline and compelling play keep fans engaged and wanting more.

Intriguing…

Aniplex president and the game’s producer Atsuhiro Iwakami talks about the advantages of having an existing universe to build upon. “Players enjoy being a part of the story of Fate/Grand Order,” he says. “Unlike many other popular mobile games, we have the Fate universe to draw upon. It provides a captivating narrative for fans to become a part of, and keeps them playing.”

DELiGHTWORKS’s Creative Director and the game’s developer Yosuke Shiokawa mentions the ease of getting into it. “Fate/Grand Order is a tactical, turn based RPG which features several chapters that take the players to a different notable point in human history. Together with different seasonal events, players will be put to the test with challenging missions and quests,” he says. “One of the greatest appeals of Fate/Grand Order is that it is easy to learn, but hard to master. The game requires both in-depth strategy and skill to advance the player through ever changing obstacles.”

Whet your appetite? It’s due out on the Play Store on June 25th.

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Tempest: Pirate Action launches on Google Play

Tempest: Pirate Action launches on Google Play

Apr 18, 2017

Tempest: Pirate Action RPG is live for Android — right on time, just as promised.

The Jolly Roger is waving over your ship, Captain! An adventure RPG that won the hearts of over 50.000 players is now on your mobile! Become a daring pirate, prowl the seas on a battleship armed to the teeth, trade, and assemble your crew from the best cutthroats, defeating other pirates and legendary monsters such as the Kraken, the Leviathan, and others still unknown to science in naval warfare! You will need a massive arsenal: cannons, mortars, flame throwers, and a lot of other various rigging. But you will only earn the most devastating sea artifacts for completing difficult and interesting multilevel quests.

May the enemy tremble at the very sight of your flag rising over the horizon, reckless Captain!

This one is a premium title: $7.99 buys you the whole game.

Check out the trailer:

Empire & Puzzles Launches on Google Play

Empire & Puzzles Launches on Google Play

Mar 2, 2017

Small Giant Games, the crew behind Oddwings Escape, just released a new game on Android called Empires & Puzzles: RPG Quest.

As the title hints, its heavy on RPG elements, and tosses in match-3, PvP and multiplayer online concepts for good measure.

The game boasts questing and great graphics as well.

Small Giant Games chief Timo Soininen talks about creating something simple. “We started with a clear vision that we want to create something that’s super easy to pick up and play, but that also surprises the players with unforeseen depth and a fresh take on familiar elements,” he says. “We’re already seeing strong indications that we succeeded in this goal, and are extremely excited to continue the journey with our community!”

The game is free (with ads) and has in-app purchases.

Final Clash -3D FANTASY MMORPG Launches on Google Play

Final Clash -3D FANTASY MMORPG Launches on Google Play

Feb 15, 2017

PopPace recently launched a new game on on the Play Store called Final Clash -3D FANTASY MMORPG.

To celebrate its launch, its developer is rewarding players with a new server release and special in-game goodies.

In celebration of its release, Final Clash is rewarding RPG fans with an official launch event. Players will enjoy a new server release of the game along with special promotions and bonuses that include double collection rates from dungeons, exclusive Valentine’s Day-inspired outfits at sale prices, and the opportunity to claim special Mythic Hero Ares fragment bundles if purchases across all game servers meet pre-set targets.

The game is available now, for free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.

Check out the trailer below:

WWE Champions Free Puzzle RPG Review

WWE Champions Free Puzzle RPG Review

Jan 31, 2017

Truly, we didn’t know what to expect with WWE Champions Free Puzzle RPG. I mean, it’s WWE, so there’s going to at least be a suplex or two, no?

Ah… not so fast.

From looks standpoint, it has a bunch of comfortable characters. It isn’t too glitzy, and the stars themselves look a bit whimsical. The animations are decent, and the other visual pieces are quite well done. The game plays in portrait.wwe3

The game launches with The Rock — and, seriously, no one is better — leading the tutorial. You’re the team manager, and here’s the opportunity to lead WWE superstars to victory.

By now, you must have figured it out: this is a match-3 game. Come again? Yep, this is all about manipulating pieces for points.

The game leads you to a grid with gems of different colors. The idea is to, of course, make matches by gesture swap. Making matches dissolves the gems and yields power.

And here is where the main gimmick really reveals itself: the gems power WWE stars… wrestling WWE stars. Said fighters are above the grid of gems; every time you make a match of three (or more) horizontally or vertically, the star you are managing is able to perform some action against the opponent.

And then there are some special cases. Matching specific colors unleash specific moves. Combos are always great. There are special move cards that can be charged, and everything is geared towards dealing enough damage to be able to pin the opponent.

Now, a great element is the defense. When a pin is attempted, the defending wrestler gets three opportunities to match three gems to generate enough energy to kick out. If not, match is over.

The RPG part is pretty involved. Winning yields coin (and more, like more superstars and XP), and the game money can be used to improve one’s stars, which is important. There is a collaborative online mode, and other aspects that make the game fun.

There are opportunities to use real cash to expedite processes.

All in all, an engaging, atypical “wrestling” game. Not bad.

Kongregate and Divine Games Bring ‘Realm Grinder’ to Google Play

Kongregate and Divine Games Bring ‘Realm Grinder’ to Google Play

Jan 25, 2017

Gaming mega house Kongregate has a new game on Google Play called Realm Grinder.

The new release derives from a popular flash game, and the current iteration on Android is the fruit of collaborative work with developer Divine Games.

Realm Grinder features fun and easy to pick up gameplay. Players start building their empire by choosing between Good & Evil. Each option unlocks unique buildings, upgrades and achievements based on becoming a benevolent ruler or a cruel tyrant. Further adding depth and strategy to the game are the many alliances you can choose, from fairies and elves to goblins and demons. Each faction offers its own distinct play style.

The game is available for free (with in-app purchase opportunities).

Mafia III: Rivals Arrives on Google Play

Mafia III: Rivals Arrives on Google Play

Oct 7, 2016

Gangster wanna-be mobile players, take heed! Mafia III: Rivals is out on Google Play.

This game, based on the Hangar 13 PC game, takes one to New Bordeaux. As the title suggests, the main goal is to build the strongest, most profitable crime family around.

Of course, easier said than done; one has to take on rival crews, and it takes more than a little of a hard hand to acquire weapons, property and other things that help the player gain power.

One can recruit bosses as well. Players can take on other players worldwide, and there are leaderboards for those into rankings and bragging rights.

The game is free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.

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Slash Mobs Review

Slash Mobs Review

Sep 26, 2016

It’s getting harder and harder to find new things to talk about when it comes to reviewing ‘clicker’ games. Here we are with a new game that plays itself, Slash Mobs. In Slash Mobs you’re taking on enemies with each click resulting in your hero swinging their sword. After a number of swings, the enemy dies and you get some money.

Simple enough, right? You can spend your money on upgrading your hero, so your clicks are more powerful or your can spend money hiring new heroes to help you out. These heros, once they’re hired, can also be powered up and at ‘level’ milestones (10, 25, 50, 100… etc) you can unlock new abilities.

This may sound complicated but it all comes down to spending money on yourself, so your clicks are more powerful, or spending money on heros so you don’t have to click and so you earn money whilst your phone’s in your pocket.unnamed-25

I may sound a little dismissive but as far as clickers go, Slash Mobs is a well made and feature rich example of the genre. There’s plenty of carrots to keep you coming back and there’s always something for you to be levelling-up. There’s daily quests to complete, there’s daily rewards to collect, treasure chests that unlock after a number of hours and so on. Pretty much every Free-to-Play hook you can think of is present in Slash Mobs.

Again, this may sound like a negative but Slash Mobs handles its micro-transactions really well, with plenty of opportunities to earn credits through watching adverts or simply playing the game daily.

On top of the well balanced enemies it’s safe to say that Slash Mobs has had plenty of care given to its graphics and visual design as a whole. Enemies are good looking and vary greatly from area to area. Some look like Pokemon, others look like they should be from Monster Hunter but all of them are nice looking and well animated.

In fact, the game as a whole has a level of polish to it which makes it extremely fun to play. Particle effects sprout up when you level-up a hero, your character’s special abilities work well and will help you get past any particularly difficult enemies and there’s an absolute ton of levels, heroes and items to unlock.

So whilst Slash Mobs isn’t trying to do anything new, it is extremely well made and has really narrowed down what it is that makes a clicker game fun. Namely, you’re always within touching distance of a new item, ability or power-up and when you’re not playing the game your heroes are hard at working earning you money.

It’s not new, it’s not revolutionary but it is good. Slash Mobs is a worthwhile clicker that is full of content and will keep you coming back for more.

Primal Legends Arrives on Android

Primal Legends Arrives on Android

Aug 11, 2016

Kobojo has a new game out called Primal Legends.

Game details:

Assemble an army to fight through the world of Theria and duel players in real time!
Become Legend!

FEATURES

– INNOVATIVE CORE GAMEPLAY
Easy to play, hard to master. Mix between classic match-3 mechanics and collectible card games.

– AN EPIC ADVENTURE
Persevere through the trials of Theria in over 200 levels.

– COMPETE AGAINST THE WORLD
Duel players from around the world in real-time battles

– BUILD YOUR ARMY
Adapt your strategy and build the strongest army. Collect and evolve your heroes to unleash their full potential!

– NEW HEROES IN THE TAVERN
Stay tuned and discover the latest heroes and their powers

– STUNNING ART STYLE AND GRAPHICS
Visually striking 2D graphics designed for a truly immersive mobile experience

The game is free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.

New RPG ‘Raid Master’ Launches on Google Play

New RPG ‘Raid Master’ Launches on Google Play

Aug 11, 2016

Raid Master: Epic Relic Chaser, a new game from Bluehole, is now on Google Play.

Features? per Google Play:

★★★FEATURES★★★
• RECRUIT HEROES
Play along to recruit dozens of heroes with different skills!

• CREATE UNIQUE STRATEGIES
Strategize to create parties based on each hero’s specialty, and seal the Demon once again!

• AWESOME GAME MODES
Over 300 stages with various devils and demons await you!
– SECRET CHAMBER: The Ancient Demon is hiding his relic and weapons. Find them all and become the ultimate Chaser!
– ENDLESS CHAMBER: Epic weapons are not the only thing you’ll need. Only an ingenious strategy will save your heroes from being wiped out!

• CRAFT WEAPONS
Use trophies obtained from the Demon to craft weapons. Collect over 300 weapons and over 100 epic weapons for your heroes!

• MIND-BOGGLING TRADES
Bargain with merchants to sell relic at the highest price.
With successful bargaining, your Chaser will be ready to set on the endless journey!

The game is free with in-app purchases; check out the below:

Nonstop Knight Review

Nonstop Knight Review

Jul 7, 2016

Nonstop Knight is interesting. So much so that diving into it is almost the only option.

The action sequences are the biggest initial draw of this game, and are where the game’s choice of title becomes apparent. It pops off early, continuously and practically in an endless manner.

It features an honorable knight in a leveled environment, tasked with fighting a host of baddies.

Yep. Believe it. It goes like that. Simply. The knight roams from section to section, busting on enemies of numerous types, looking to take out as many as possible while collecting coin. Valuable XP is also earned, and potentially other goodies as well. It is just a continuous wave of battles and leveling all on its own.nk3

It goes on and on. Enjoyably so.

The player can (and probably should) use the goodies collected to improve a host of things. The weapons have to be continually upgraded to deal with the hordes that become more sophisticated with every round. One cool aspect is the way the has the bosses set out; the player can choose when to take them on; if one is successful, the game goes on. If one is beaten by a boss, one can keep doing “regular” fighting to shore up coins to make one’s character a bit more effective.

There are also “runestones” that can be collected, and these are related to the “skills” which cover offensive and defensive moves. Runestones are generally a function of leveling up, and there are crates to open up. It runs like a self-operating RPG, and all one has to do is manage it. There is an “ascend”

There are strategies one can employ, especially in the battles. For instance, one can deploy a skill or two in order to make a particular battle go easier.

Looks-wise, it a fun, with bubbly characterizations, engaging sounds and matching animations. Altogether, just the media a game like this needs.

Now, it’s easy to fall in love with the game, but as one goes on, one might feel a bit of monotony set in; it is a lot of the same. Still, for a game that is fairly self-contained and has no real forced need for the available in-app purchases, it rocks.