Perhaps the strangest fusion of genres, Mine Quest is the product of mixing an RPG with Picross. If that isn’t enough to peek your curiosity then I don’t know what is.
It’s hard to take the rules of a card game as successful as Magic: The Gathering and turn it into a thrilling experience outside of its original medium. Direct versions for mobile exist that follow the games design to the letter of the law and manage to be dry, lifeless and overly-complex experiences. Compared to games such as ‘Elements’, which does much the same but allows for the benefits of its medium, there’s not been a really great Magic game.
Nintendo test the water of Freemium games and mobile gaming in general with the release of Pokemon Shuffle (Mobile) a game which saw release onto the 3Ds’ virtual store not too long ago. Following on from the variable quality in the official app for the ‘Pokemon Trading Card Game’, it looks like the first of Nintendo’s big franchises has arrived.
Swords and Poker is something of an odd duck, an excellent little mobile title that fuses RPG mechanics with Poker, but also manages to be a total rip off of another property, in this case indie mobile title Sword and Poker by Gaia Co. There appears to be some question online as to whether Gaia Co are involved in this latest installment of their franchise at all, with Gaia Co going dark, however Cozy Okada (founder of the company) gets no mention on the credits of this latest title.
There’s two ways you can experience this game, through the pixel-perfect retro grade lens of the DS or in stunning high definition redrawn artwork on the Playstation 3 (a port later used for the X-Box 360, PC and mobile devices). Both are excellent, but how does a series like Might and Magic make the jump from epic fantasy RPGs to puzzle hybrid?
Battrix does things a little differently, taking one concept that’s been seen a few times before and pushing it to such an extreme that it feels fresh. It seems to be the only app on the iStore by Opus Studio Inc, which feels like a shame because it’s competently made and promises great things for any follow-up titles that sadly won’t be appearing. Still it makes this title something of a hidden gem.
Spellfall is part of the new wave of Puzzle RPGs that started with Puzzle Quest before passing the torch to Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes then finally coming to rest securely in the mobile market. Whilst the app stores are now flooded with the little blighters, Backflip Studios has managed to produce a hidden gem.