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2 Grind 2 Furious is one of those games that you can’t help but play. And you can’t help but play it with a smile on your face. The destruction is just the right side of crazy, and there’s enough interaction that you feel like you’re responsible for it. Looking to let off some steam? Then 2 Grind 2 Furious is the game for you.
Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall is an entertaining distraction. It’s better than the last series of the show, in that it won’t leave you confused or furious, but it’s still not the mobile Game of Thrones experience a lot of us are waiting for.
Land and CastlesiOS
Most interestingly there’s an editor mode that lets you build your own levels. It’s a feature we’re seeing more and more in games, and the one in Land and Castles is as slick as any we’ve played around with.
The difficulty curve here is excellent, introducing new problems before you get overwhelmed by them, and keeping seasoned players interested with challenges that give them even more XP at the end of a level.
Heroes and Pilots make things more interesting. You can change the driver of your tortoise, or the Pilot, to rack up more damage, but they’re not cheap. The same goes for Heroes – these are massive units that smash anything that moves, but you’re going to need a good chunk of coins to unlock them.
Like all ultra-hard games, Hayfever forces you to draw from your deepest reserves of patience, calm, concentration, and skill. If you’re made of the right stuff, you may find something here to enjoy.
Crossy Road CastleiOS
Overall, we’re not sure exactly what more we can say about Crossy Road Castles. It’s one of, if not the, best Apple Arcade games yet, with a wide variety of inventive levels, beautiful visuals, and loads of unlockables. The real star of the show is the intense multiplayer, which is as addictive and chaotic as anything Nintendo has come up with.
Overall though, Dragon Raja is a huge leap in the right direction for mobile MMORPGs. It’s unrivalled in terms of appearance, features a genuinely engaging story to battle through, and has a wide array of content to battle through on a daily basis. We do have some mild reservations: autoplay is still a thing, events are time-gated, and clichés are aplenty, but overall this is the best mobile exclusive MMORPG we’ve played so far.
So your time spent with Dragon Quest of the Stars will be positive or negative depending on how you feel about gacha games in general. This does nothing to break the mould, and that might be absolutely fine for you. It is Dragon Quest too, so if you’re a fan of the franchise you might get a kick out of this simply for that. As we mentioned earlier, it’s not a bad game, it’s just a pretty standard example of a gacha.
It takes care of all of the grunt work for you, it’s a nice looking game, and the IAPs aren’t as greedy as we expected. Yes, it is yet another gacha RPG so if you really don’t like the genre this will do very little to change your mind but for fans of the genre this is absolutely essential stuff.
Company of HeroesiOS
Everything else gets our praise: the presentation is lovely, it runs without a hitch, and if we’re being perfectly honest we’re just happy to see a strategy game of this ilk on iPad, which too often goes criminally overlooked in the world of mobile gaming.
The reality is, Shadowgun War Games simply isn’t ready for launch. There’s nowhere near enough content on offer and the basic gameplay doesn’t even function properly. On top of that, it’s downright insulting that Madfinger thinks it’s acceptable to make you pay twice the Apple Arcade subscription fee and more than Call of Duty Mobile for its Battle Pass.
Cryptract isn’t particularly original, but it’s a well-constructed SRPG with a fair gacha system and tons of content. But it’s the game’s strong sense of narrative momentum that distinguishes it from its genre stablemates.
Ultimately, we’d consider Hidden Survivor to be a work in progress, and we’d be interested in seeing how it plays within the coming months. At this point, it is fun with a core loop that encourages you to keep playing, but it could do with a more consistent art style and a few more modes to really take it to the next level.
Overall, we’re pleasantly surprised with Might & Magic: Chess Royale. We were expecting a lazy mash-up of two insanely popular genres that’s designed to make Ubisoft a quick buck, and what we got isn’t a million miles away from that. But what we didn’t expect was just how much this unique mixture of two different gameplay types would grab us. The fast-paced nature and communal moments between rounds just thrilled us in a way that the usually sedate Auto Chess gameplay doesn’t.
It offers the same casual friendly fun of Clash Royale but in a format that shares a lot of similarities with proper card games. As a result, it does a good job of bridging the gap between the two communities. So if you’re a fan of Clash, Magic, or card battlers in general, we can easily recommend Magic: ManaStrike, as it scratches the itch for all three. And, even if you’re not, it’s well worth checking out because it serves as a great jumping off point.
It is a must play. We can’t give Grand Mountain Adventure anything but a perfect score because everything it does it does well, and there’s a ton of content on offer for those that pay the inexpensive IAP to unlock it all. The developers have only got themselves to beat if they choose to work on a sequel.
Ultimately, we just can’t recommend Warface: Global Operations. On every single level it pales in comparison to Call of Duty Mobile, from its incredibly greedy monetisation system to its pay to win structure and its disappointing lack of modes. That being said, it’s actually not that bad a game when you actually play it. It runs smoothly, has great touchscreen controls, and weapons feel suitably different from each other.
Overall, we’re thoroughly disappointed in Black Desert Mobile. It’s a hideously ugly experience that runs even worse than it looks, is full of pay to win and autoplay, and features a bunch of frustrating decisions like gender-locked classes. It’s 2019 – that should not be happening in this day and age.
Queen's Wish: The ConqueroriOS
Overall, we’re thoroughly impressed with Queen’s Wish: The Conqueror. Spiderweb has clearly poured a lot of love into the project and it’s heartening to see such a genuine effort to innovate 25 years into the developer’s career. If there are any shortcomings, it’s more due to a lack of budget than ambition. We’d love to recruit party members with more personality next time but that’s our sole complaint. If you’re a fan of CRPGs, pick this up right away.
Skilli World-Real Money TriviaiOS
We can comb through the numbers all day, but ultimately, it’s a matter of preference. We recommend using your free golden ticket to see if Skilli World’s pay to play model suits you best.
Dungeon and Goddess: Hero Collecting RPGAndroid
The effect of all this is to make the little triumphs in Dungeon & Goddess – the level 9 Cerberus summon, the close call against the Lava Golem – all the more satisfying and meaningful.
So should you bother with Might & Magic Heroes: Era of Chaos? We would argue that no, you shouldn’t. It’s a particularly dull and ugly gacha RPG in a market that’s absolutely flooded with them, and if you insist on playing one there are far better options.
Luigi's Mansion 3Switch
It doesn’t change our mind that Luigi’s Mansion 3 is the best Switch game of 2019. We had an absolute blast exploring the stunning hotel, hoovering up ghosts, and taking on some of the most well-designed bosses we’ve encountered in some time – and that’s all without mentioning the storytelling and animation, which never failed to make us chuckle.
We also beat a bunch more levels. We didn’t actually do anything because the game handled all of that, which just made us question what we were doing playing this in the first place. When that’s the question constantly lingering on your mind, you know you’re probably not playing the GOTY.