Slash & Girl Review

Developer: Shenzhen Yifanshikong Technology Co., Ltd

Age Rating: 12+

Size: 171.3 MB

Price Range: Free with in-app purchases

Available on iOS and Android

Slash & Girl is a well made classic runner arcade game with a striking art style and lots of customization to unlock. 

Personally, these types of games aren’t really for me, but the customization aspect fo this game definitely makes it more appealing. Additionally, like many arcade-style games, there isn’t a paywall, the gameplay is easy to understand and the user0interface is very easy to navigate. Is the game unique? Not really. When it comes done to it whether or not you download this game is up to your aesthetic preferences.

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Monument Valley 2 Review

Developer: ustwo Games Ltd

Age Rating: 4+

Size: 514.2 mb

Price Range: $4.99

Available on iOS and Android

With a story as stunning as the original Monument Valley 2 is a must-play puzzle games. The storyline is heartwarming, the puzzles gorgeous and the game continues to be an exceptional gaming experience. While there are no in-app purchases there is a flat fee of five dollars; which is a bit high for a mobile game. But if you enjoyed the first instalment you may find this price point reasonable. Many hours of soothing music and visuals are truly what makes this game series so appealing.

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Green Skin: Dungeon Masters Review

Developer: SuperPlanet corp.

Age Rating: 12+

Size: 277.9 MB

Price Range: Free with in-app purchases

Available on iOS and Android

I found this game one day when I was exploring deep in the app store with the hopes of finding a hidden gem. I’m always sceptical, and during the tutorial, I didn’t know what to think about this game; but after playing it for a while I realized it was exactly what I was looking for and more. 

The gameplay and user-interface are both easy to learn and navigate. And while thee game, like any RPG, has a fair amount of strategy it’s not the kind that will leave you scratching your head or frying your brain to figure out the best course of action. 

Also, like many modern RPG’s, this game runs on a gachpa system for acquiring heroes. While most games you strive to have the highest star ranked characters, this game allows you to reasonably advance with almost any character if you play your cards right. Of course, that’s not going to stop you from trying to acquire all the five-star heroes. And you can get quite a few without spending real-life money, which in my opinion is quite amazing.

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Dragon Heroes Tactics Review

Developer: Perple Lab, Inc. 

Age Rating: 12+

Size: 374.1

Price Range: Free with in-app purchases

Available on iOS and Android

Dragon Heroes Tactics is a refreshing RPG style strategy game. The game is exceptionally easy to learn as it’s gameplay is evidently based off of chess. The graphics are above-average and the overall user interface is very intuitive. My only complaint with this game is that it occasionally crashes, but with short loading times this isn’t the problem it is with some other titles. 

This game does offer in-app purchases but it is entirely unnecessary. Gameplay and advancing through the game is easy, and if you are a fan of grinding and farming in games such as this game can satiate that craving. This game is entirely worth a try.

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Heir of Light Review

Developer: GAMEVIL Inc.

Age Rating: 12+

Size: 1.1 GB

Price Range: Free (with in-app purchases)

Available on iOS and Android

Heir of Light is an above-average entry into the RPG realm. With beautiful character and environment designs and a unique story. It’s is very much free-to-play, as there is seemingly an endless amount to do without spending a dime. Of course, if you decided to do so you will be rewarded generously. 

While the gameplay is easy to learn the UI can be a little cluttered at times with the world map is challenging to navigate. This is the only true downside of this game, and it’s something that doesn’t take long to get used to.

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Last Cloudia Review

Developer: ADIS Inc.

Age Rating:12+

Size: 214 mb

Price Range: Free (with in-app purchases)

Available on iOS and Android

With a classic 8-bit aesthetic Last Cloudia seems like a promising anime-inspired RPG. Its gameplay doesn’t stray far from the norm for the sub-genre but with a clunky hard-to-navigate user-interface and a storyline that takes a considerable amount of grinding to make any substantial headway. The game adds a poorly executed gacha system that isn’t easy to understand for RPG novices. As of writing this I do not recommend this game, as I found it overall considerably tedious and subsequently boring. 

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Summoners War Review

Developer: Com2uS Corp.

Age Rating: 12+

Size: 131 mb

Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

Available on iOS and Android

By now I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve seen the Summoner’s War trailer featuring Dave Franco at least five or so times. No, whether you downloaded the game? That was up to you.

I, of course, did download the game; and honestly wish I hadn’t. While the game has beautiful and considerably smooth graphics, it is definitely an overwhelming play. You are bombarded with quite a bit upon opening the game, as well having a lot of options as to what to do while you’re there and how. This also applies to the large catalogue of potential gatchpa characters you can collect. For some, this may not be a problem, but for casual players this all is a lot. 

The major downside of this game and the reason why I eventually off-loaded it was that there is definitely a point where it seems to hit a paywall; making an otherwise free game into a potentially expensive endeavor. Once you hit the paywall you have the option of giving in and spending large sums of real-world money or you can continue laying but won’t progress very quickly. With this type of game, the paywall is extremely frustrating, and makes it either a game you grind at to advance to keep up with paying players, or you off-load because there are better games utilizing similar mechanics.

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Dog Shelter Rescue Review

Developer: Sleutech Inc.

Age Rating: 4+

Size: 105.3 MB

Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

Available on iOS and Android

Dog Shelter Rescue is a fun twist on the idle game concept for dogs lovers. Rescue twenty different breeds of dog from the streets, decorate their living space and care for them until they’re ready to be adopted. A simple concept, simply executed.

The game isn’t anything fancy, but it’s easy to tell that there is love behind it. The user-interface is a little clunky, but not hard to intuit. The game is overall very simple and doesn’t demand attention the way some idle games tend to do. The game is free to play, and very true to that, but like most games there is the option to make in-app purchases (doing so is entirely unnecessary though). Additionally, the game provides resources to raise awareness for animal rescue organizations and related information. It’s evident that this game is made with a cause.

For dog lovers, this game may be a worthwhile way to pass the time while in a line for coffee or during a transit stop.

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MonsterCry Eternal Review

Developer: Nyuo Inc.

Age Rating: 12+

Size: 362.5 mb

Price: Free (in-app purchases)

Available for iOS and Android

Good CCG (collectable card games) are hard to come by, but MonsterCry is one of those great finds. There are an abundance of cards to collect, all with beautiful art. The strategy required to play the game is not hard to learn, plus the game has the added bonus of auto-play! The game is easier to navigate than many of the CCG’s of a similar caliber, with a well organized menu and minimal clutter. The gameplay and menu follow what has become the standard for games within the genre. 

The main downfall of the game is there is a paywall. It’s not a solid paywall, but there is definitely a point where advancing is a lot harder than it was before. The game is still playable without in-app purchases, but for many the paywall is enough to look the other way. But for those who like to work hard and enjoy farming mechanics, this might not bother you. For fans of CCG’s and RPG’s this game is definitely worth checking out.

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Adorable Home Review

Developer: HyperBeard Inc.

Age Rating: 12+

Size: 631 MB

Price: Free (in-app purchase)

Available on iOS and Android

Adorable Home is an idle game that gives off Neko Atsume vibes in its cute art style and gameplay. It’s an easy game to play and doesn’t require lots of time out of your day. 

The first thing you are tasked with doing when opening the game is choosing a character to play. There is an array of characters to choose from, but they aren’t culturally diverse from the visual since (nor are they physically diverse). This is a detractor, as everyone should be able to be represented in a game they play. This is the only thing the game really needs to change for it to be truly great. The only representation in the game is the option to have queer couples, which is a step in the right direction, well, more of a foot in the door. 

The gameplay is simple. Check the game occasionally, make meals for your in-game partner, take pictures with them and your cats, care for your cats, and buy furniture to decorate your home. The come check-in method of gameplay has been popularized by games like Neko Atsume. Similarly progression through the game, with the goal of decorating your home to your liking, takes quite a long time. If you’re not patient you have the option to spend real-world money for in-game money that you can then use to purchase items, but that will quickly become quite expensive. 

The game is quite chill, and if you like games that you only have to check occasionally it may be worth it. But, be aware of the games lack of diversity.

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