I try to stay up on the latest gaming news across all platforms. I also like to cruise around the PSN, your Xbox Live, and Steam stores just to see if a little gem is waiting to be found. Fairly often, I hop in the Google Play store and see what’s new in the mobile gaming world. I spent a few minutes with some, but obsessed over others. Mobile gaming scratches that “just one more level” feeling for me. Some games did that more than others. I found a range of meh to legit-awesome experiences for my phone. Today, I’ll touch on the beauts I found this year.
The description of “a solitaire style dungeon crawler” and the cool art was enough to get me to download this little experience. You play as a dungeon diver with a deck to represent your gear, potential loot, life giving potions, even the baddies you must defeat. Actually, the game is set up so that you are playing a card game across from a grog chugging minotaur at the local watering hole. If you best him, he slams the table with his beastly fists. If you lose you’ll be rewarded with a shit eating grin and low chuckle. I cursed at that damned minotaur a time or five while playing.
The deck has a set number of cards in it. There are four slots that are filled directly from the deck. You have four slots in which you drag loot, weapons, and potions. However, one of your slots is taken up by your avatar and your life total. What about the monsters? You drag your weapons to the monsters to deal damage. Drag a monster to your shield to block damage. Drag a potion to heal. Drag loot to your open slots to score points. Outlive the deck and you win.
That’s it! Simple fun with a decent amount of chin stroking moments as you plan out your moves. Oh. and I’m pretty sure it’s free!
Pizza Judgement: Trusty Pepperoni
This is from the same developers as Card Crawl. Rather than being a dungeon crawler simulated with cards, Card Thief is a stealth game simulated with cards. Similar neat-o art. Also free, so I gave it a shot.
Here, you’re stealthing around a 3x3 grid of cards. Get loot and don’t get caught is the name of the game. Your character paths around the grid to interact or collect items. Path over a torch and it goes out leaving an adjacent guard in the dark and open for attack. Continue doing this until you uncover the exit.
That’s it. Well, there may be a little more, but I played until I felt I got the gist. Pretty cool mechanics and worth a little bit of your time. Maybe it will click more with you. Let me know!
Pizza Judgement: Basic Cheese
Man.. this game… FacePalm.emoji out of 10. Let me explain! Sometimes I just find some cute art and roll with it. You’ve been there. You get it. Don’t get me wrong, this was a neat little game, but it feels like it’s what you think of when you hear “mobile game.” Despite all of that, I played the absolute brakes off this game for a couple weeks.
In a world, of something is wrong with the mail delivery system [?], you play a little duder charged with helping said mail system. You talk to lots of NPCs and go on quick missions. Those missions play out as side-scrolling jousting matches of sorts. If you’ve played Half-Minute Hero (which I’d bet you haven’t. You should.), the combat is like that -- your cute little warrior runs right and standard fantasy baddies run left smooshing into each other as damage numbers fly off (mmmm damage numbers). Get loot. Craft better stuff. Repeat. That’s it. Oh, and I’m pretty sure some of your actions had cool downs that you could use currency to reset. Like I said, “mobile game.”
For whatever reason, sometimes I get sucked into these games, sometimes I don’t. This one got me. Your mileage may vary.
Pizza Judgement: Basic Cheese
That’s it for part 1 of my mobile game extravaganza. Next time, I’ll dive into the rest of Nintendo’s mobile games. I’ll also go over my time with a couple awesome real time PvP games that I played so much I had to delete them to make myself stop playing. Yay 3AM gaming in bed!
Hit me with your thoughts! What are some mobile experiences that stole your time this year?
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