Illusion Connect Review

Developer: Superprism Technology Co., Ltd

Age Rating: 12+

Size: 2.4 GB

Price Range: Free (with in-app purchases)

Available on iOS and Android

Illusion Connect is an overall well-made and entertaining game for even the most casual player. The game allows players to progress at a reasonable pace without hitting an impassable paywall. Additionally, the game boasts real-time PVP battles, so you can battle your friends directly. Considering the type of game this is the real-time battle run considerably smooth and fast-paced for those who don’t have a lot of playtimes but still want to play games with their friends. 

With a wide range of characters to choose from and a gameplay format that provides players with plenty to do while advancing at a reasonable pace, Illusion Connect is practically a perfect JRPG. It includes additional gameplay that is entirely optional as well, but if you choose to participate it will only benefit you more. 

I recommend this game for anyone looking for a game to enjoy in the long term, that, as of writing this, seems unlikely to join many other similar games fate. This game is so good it’s going to be sticking around for a while.

Subjective Rating

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Objective Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Final Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Lovelink: Chapters of Love Review

Developer: Ludia

Age Rating: 17+

Size: 112.2

Price Range: Free (with in-app purchases)

Available on iOS and Android

I usually don’t play games like this, but lately, I’ve been finding myself drawn to story-heavy games. I’m extremely picky about the games I play. The art has to be on point, the gameplay casual (since I usually multitask), and a reasonable, if not nonexistent, paywall. The last of which I realize some people can’t relate to, which I totally understand. Games can get expensive fast, always beware of the amount you spend if you decide to do so. 

Anyway, back to this game… Well, I guess since we’re on the topic of money I’m going to have to break it to you: this app is one of those that can get expensive quickly. So far I’ve only managed to spend about 10 dollars, and that’s where my spending is going to end. It is entirely possible to play without spending any money, but the wait time to gather enough currency to make the premium choices is excruciatingly long. It may take a week or more to collect enough points. For many, this could be or is a total deal-breaker. If it is, I don’t blame you and I honestly would recommend you stay away from this game. 

Now, if a little investment doesn’t bother you, the app has had some pretty good deals for new players. If you take your time with the game, you can probably play pretty comfortably with the paywall anyway. It really depends on the type of player you are. 

The game boasts some pretty exceptional art. And unlike some similar apps I’ve tried out the art is consistent throughout. If you already have a tendency to simp for 2D characters, let me tell you that this game will not help with that at all. They do not hold back and the sheer amount of beautiful characters to choose from is sometimes overwhelming. Additionally, each character includes unique storylines and depending on the decisions you make the romance could be never-ending! And whatever preferences you have, this app got you. Trust me. 

As a queer woman, I’m glad to say this game is incredibly inclusive. It’s so refreshing to have a game that doesn’t force you to court a person you likely wouldn’t in real life (in my case a man). While most of these games are targeted towards straight women, having an option for members of the alphabet soup gang is practically revolutionary.

If you’re willing to part with some money, this game is totally for you. If you need a little romance in your life this game is definitely for you. Give it a go! Just beware, it’s just as addicting as real-life online dating can be.

Subjective Rating

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Objective Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Final Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Eri’s Forest TD Review

Developer: Studio Qinoko Pty Ltd

Age Rating: 12+

Size: 371.4 mb

Price Range: Free (with in-app purchases)

Available on iOS and Android

Eri’s Forest is a beautiful and calm tower defence game for those just looking to pass the time. The actual gameplay takes a minute to get used to, but once you get a handle of it, its a simple game. The tutorial does a good job leading the player through the mechanics and basic strategy. 

The story is cute and the game is overall very easy to play and navigate. This game is not necessarily amazing, but it’s good enough to be the sort of game you keep on your phone as a pass time.

Subjective Rating

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Objective Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Final Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Otagi: Spirit Agents Review

Developer: Mitama Technology Co. LIMITED

Age Rating: 12+

Size: 341.7 MB

Price Range: Free (with in-app purchases)

Available on iOS and Android

By now you can probably tell I’m a fan of Japanese RPG’s, especially those that include gatcha. Otagi: Spirit Agents is a promising entry into this genre, but doesn’t quite manage to deliver what I’m looking for in these types of games. 

While the art is beautiful,  I find the story and actual gameplay to be quite lacklustre. Additionally, I find the gatcha system not as rewarding as it could be for free-to-play players. I don’t expect to only get high-ranking characters, but I find the abundance of repeats not worth it. 

For more casual players this game may be harder to progress in because it tends to regard a lot more “grinding” than similar titles. I found it didn’t take me long to get to a point where I was thoroughly stuck.

Subjective Rating

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Objective Rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Final Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Rakko Ukabe Review

Developer: Daiki Ishikawa

Age Rating: 4+

Size: 242.1 mb

Price Range: Free (with in-app purchases)

Available on iOS and Android

Rakko Ukabe is an adorable rehash of Neko Atsume, but instead of cats, we are now collecting adorably cuddly otters. With the same aesthetic as Neko Atsume this may be a good choice for those with a little bit of kitty burnout. 

The overall gameplay and UI are very easy to use. At times it can be a little cluttered, the “home” page in particular. Personally, this distracted from the gameplay for me, but I can see appeals for players who like the extremely idle gameplay as well as having a touch bit more to do in the game.

Subjective Rating

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Objective Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Final Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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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