Written by: Liswed Urena, Managing Editor
Mobile games have crept into our everyday lives and have become a rapidly expanding platform that is enjoyed by more than your average gamer. Although I don’t fancy debates on whether this gaming style will take over traditional home consoles, I do acknowledge and partake in this popular trend. For those of you with smart phones, which accounts for most of us, then you have probably gone through your phones app store in search of some fun games to pass the time. Well I have three games that have helped me out immensely and I’d like to share with you my picks for mobile games of the week.
Castle of Illusion: Starring Mikey Mouse
What better game to initiate this new segment than Castle of Illusion. This is a complete re-imaging of the classic Castle of Illusion that came out for the Sega Genesis. Gamers tend to get a little nervous when Developers associate a classic game with the words ” re-imaging” or ” reboot”, but this is by far one of the best examples of how to handle a re-imaging. For those of you unfamiliar to the Castle of Illusion game, its a Mickey Mouse title. The plot involves Minnie Mouse getting kidnapped by Mizrabel and Mickey embarks on a puzzle filled journey to save the love of his life. Nothing drastically new but the way the story is told makes it enjoyable to play. You basically have a narrator throughout the game and as you progress and discover new areas, the narrator will tell you whats unfolding in classic story telling form. Even as you walk about through the level, the narrator says witty remarks that you cant help but chuckle over. This raises its entertainment value tenfold and gives a classic Disney feel to the game.
Castle of Illusion looks and feels like a brand new game but still managed to stick to its platforming roots. In its debut on the Genesis, this was a side scroll platformer that handled itself as such. Now in this revamped version you have a considerable amount of 3D influence. Don’t get me wrong it is still technically a side scrolling platformer, but certain portions of the game allow you to move in three dimensions as well. The touch controls in the game are some of the best and I got my thumbs adjusted to the style fairly quickly. the left side of the screen serves as a directional pad and the right side controls the jumping, with a red button that controls projectiles. Overall its a great game with a decent flow of content and action. With a $9.99 price tag you can’t go wrong with Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse.
Summoners War: Sky Arena
This 3D RPG has quickly become one of my favorite mobile games to date. I want to start off by saying it is free but it does have an in game shop that allows you to purchase items with real money. I will say however, that I found that to be unnecessary to this point. I’ve had the game for about 3 weeks and so far it has been fair and more importantly, it has been fun. You basically take control as a summoner, which is an individual who can summon and raise “monsters” to fight. There is a story involved but I have to be honest, it isn’t all that great. It does serve a purpose though, and it helps justify your traveling from area to area. Summoning monsters is easy and upgrading their stats is even easier. You utilize something called a Summonhenge to summon monsters, which can be anywhere from 1-3 star monsters or 3-5 star monsters. It all depends on whether you use a mystical summon or a scroll.
The fighting is turn-based, which is my favorite type of RPG. Each monster has an element attached to them, either water, fire, wind, light or dark. Each element has their weaknesses and that helps you strategize when it comes to your battles. The monsters also have different attacks and abilities. Most influential item in the game when it comes to battles is the rune. These are stones that can raise different attributes of the monster you attach it to. The single most impressive aspect of this game however, is its multiplayer. I loved the fact that I could take my team of monsters and battle it out with a random online opponent, it brings it that much closer to a console or PC experience. Summoners War: Sky Arena is a great download and I highly recommend it to all android users.
Created by Bandai-Namco, Pac-Man Monsters is one of the more obscure games I’ve played. It mixes Pac-Man with a bejeweled/RPG element, just the saying that sounded crazy. Once I got the hang of this game and everything it was trying to do, I began to enjoy it a lot more. The mix of genres may seem a little overwhelming at first but you’ll see that everything in this game serves a purpose. Pac-Man Monsters has a high level of RPG influence, with its various characters and upgradable skills. There is a rewarding EXP system that even allows you to evolve your monsters, allowing them to gain more strength and HP. The actual fighting is based solely on the element combos you chain at the bottom of your screen. Basically you will have different color boxes at the bottom of your screen, that when you connect them together causes your characters to gain strength and attack the enemy. You chain combos by swiping your finger across the boxes in whichever direction you want, which is a great system.
Again, I know it all sounds overwhelming but the style of this game is very simplistic. Once you actually download and start playing you’ll see that getting situated in this game is a breeze. The only issue I have is that the animations in this game are non-existent. I’d figure this day in age we’d be able to get a game where you can see the motion of your character attacking and not just have a sprite jumping on another sprite. Other than that it is loads of fun and has been my go to game for the past week and a half. As another free to play title, I highly recommend you download and experience the craziness for yourself.
Well that about wraps it up for my picks this week, I hope you enjoy and make sure to stop by next week as I will have more mobile picks to show you. Until next time!