Same time last year, HyperDevBox released the Record of Agarest War tactical RPG. One year later, the developer is releasing another version: the Record of Agarest Zero. It’s a new game for Android users who are into Japanese-style RPGs.
This is definitely not the Snow Queen in that animated film with the ubiquitous song. The newest adaptation of the Fighting Fantasy game is Caverns of the Snow Witch and your goal is to take over the mission from a trapper who dies in your arms and that is to defeat the wicked witch. It's a straight-up RPG gamebook but this time in mobile format, from the same developers that brought you Appointment with F.E.A.R, another Fighting Fantasy adaptation.
When the developers of one of the newest Android games were thinking of what to name their mobile game, they probably concluded "Heck, why come up with a complicated name when you could just easily have something that is self-explanatory?" Hence, the birth of Weapons throwing RPG (okay, we were just imagining the thought process that went into naming the game, but it works right?) which is exactly what its name suggests it is.
Ingress is a very different type of mobile game in that it doesn’t have angry or flappy birds, bad piggies, or even your novel retro 8-bit graphics – and yet it has managed to capture a modest but staunchly loyal fan and player base. Ingress is an augmented reality (AR) game where doing things in the real world – like travelling to places – gains you points and experience in the mobile game.
It’s funny (not funny) how “virtual reality” hasn’t really gained momentum from the heady days of the 90s where everyone was excited about the technology until today where it’s still an obvious bystander to mainstream tech. That said, Samsung is set to splurge some of their well-earned smartphone profit on the Samsung Gear VR and Oculus is set to launch a game created especially for the Gear VR.
Foursaken Media, an all-sibling outfit which brought you the mildly addictive Block Fortress on iOS, now tries its hand at Android RPG gaming with Phantom Rift, a turn-based grid-driven RPG that would be as at home on your Gameboy Advance as on your Android device. The game is loosely based on the Mega Man Battle Net, a grid-based action game on the aforementioned legacy console.
Gameloft might have the Android casual gaming market down, but when it comes to JRPGs (that aren't established titles ported to mobile), perhaps no other name has more weight than Kemco, who has literally dozens of such titles in its roster. Now it's adding one more to that with Illusion of L'Phalcia, a game that mixes 2D and 3D into one.
To those of you (those of US!) who played the original 1986 Dragon Quest on your NES before, Square Enix has just dropped a whole nostalgia package on us by bringing the Dragon Quest that started it all now to Android.
We all know it’s futile, trying to recreate tabletop RPG gaming classic Dungeons and Dragons on digital media. There are just some “open play/open world” aspects to D&D that will just not translate to digital. But Backflip Studios is going to give it a try, at least to capture some essence of the decades-old game.
If you’re up for a dungeon crawler that will throw you into a random room and say “good luck, hope you make it out of there alive”, then Rocketcat’s “Wayward Souls” is the game for you. It’s notoriously difficult, an easy game to get into but very hard to get past. Some people get challenged by these types of games, so yeah.