Kemco has a history of releasing regular if not stellar RPGs onto mobile devices that dates all of the way back to the Game Boy (and has started to release onto the Nintendo 3DS as of late), but few of their games can be actually described as great. Their ‘Alphadia’ series is possibly their most successful long-running property and the studio behind it brings us Revenant Saga using the same engine as last seen in ‘Alphadia IV’.
If you fused the basic battle system found in the original ‘Shining Force’ with the card-based play style of ‘Hearthstone’ you’d have a decent idea of what Duelyst is. It’s an interesting take on the online PvP and tournament genre, but does it stand up to the usual depth that a Tactics RPG contains?
On the surface, The Huntsman looks like a shameless advertising scheme for the release of the film ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ a sequel to ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ and a dark take on the popular fairy tale. We’ve seen companies such as BioWare turn these advertising stunts into legitimately entertaining slices of RPG goodness in the past however, can Desert Owl Games manage the same?
You’ll often hear us bemoan the presence of a strong narrative here at MBU when speaking on the topic of mobile or casual titles. It seems that in an effort to trim the RPG experience into a suitably streamlined format for use on tablets and phones the focus is always shifted to combat and nine times out of ten the narrative experience (what some would argue to be the ‘role playing’ aspect) is lost in favour of grinding levels. This is not the case with Celsius Heroes.
Here’s a thought – what if ‘Wizardry’ was given the Social RPG treatment? It would still retain the first person dungeon crawling perspective and problem solving but would now include easier battles and a monster fusion system akin to ‘Puzzles and Dragons’. The offspring of such a fusion would be Dungeon Monsters.
The rise of the ‘Tapper’ and its popularity remains something of a mystery to us here at MBU as long-time gamers, but its a genre of game that’s growing in popularity on mobile due to the casual nature of its requirements, endless run time and extreme simplicity that makes multitasking a breeze. Battleborn Tap attempts to fuse the essence of that with an RPG and the results are mixed.