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.
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.
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.
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.
For fans of simulation games that don’t quite have the time to sit down and play classics like the acclaimed Sims 4, Idle Life may be an option. For me, an avid player of simulation games who has a fair amount of time to play a variety of games, Idle Life still manages to be a cute game to check into once or twice a day. The game is relatively new, so there is definitely room for it to grow, but for what it is now it’s your pretty average Idle-style game with the added fun of being about to buy houses, furniture, and clothes for your sim character.
The style of Idle Life is cute, and somewhat reminiscent of Animal Crossing with its chibi style character design. It’s easy to navigate with a well organized layout. The only issue with their layout is the imposing in-app purchase icons at the bottom of the screen. Like many idle games this game is free-to-play with the option of in-app purchases, such as No Ads, 2xs profits, and increased inactive income. These in-app purchases are more expensive than usual, so beware. If you want any of those features it’s going to cost between 5 to 10 dollars.
Nowadays with so many apps available and phones with such high capacity it’s easy to clutter your device’s memory with hundreds of apps. If you’re a fan of puzzles those apps can add up quickly: an app for sudoku, crosswords, match ‘ems and so many more. It can be a bit overwhelming and easy to lose track of your favourites amongst the cluttered folders. As a fan of puzzles I was quite pleased when I found Puzzledom, as it has a library of entertaining puzzles all in one place!
The game is sleek and easy to navigate with (as of this being written) 18 different puzzles available, all with 350-800 individual puzzles for you to solve. The game encourages you to play by having you unlock different puzzles, with only a few immediately available upon downloading. Doing so is not hard, as earning the in-game currency is quite easy. While the game offers in-app purchases, it is entirely possible to play the game without ever spending a dime! Additionally new puzzles are added frequently to their already large library.
The game recently introduced a paid membership, which at a glance may not seem worth it. At current time I cannot recommend said membership due to its high price and minimal additional benefits. Maybe in the future this will change, but for now there is little to be desired when the free edition is so great to begin with.
I am a big fan of ARPGs; and since my former favourites have closed their servers I’ve been on the lookout for a new game to occupy my free time. In my ongoing search through the currently available ARPGs I’ve found some promising candidates, notably: Shadow Seven.
Storywise, Shadow Seven is relatively typical amongst its peers. But, for me, the gameplay has always been the most important aspect of any game that I play. Shadow Seven, for the most part, makes up for its few faults with simple and easy to learn gameplay. Additionally, the ability to use auto-play in the game’s main storyline is well implemented for players who like to farm and/or multitask. The user-interface is overall very easy to navigate with its clean and intuitive layout. The game is visually stunning in the general sense when you also take into consideration the artwork.
There aren’t many downfalls to this game. The in-game purchases are reasonable and are not required for the average player to advance at a reasonable pave. My only qualms are quite small, including my annoyance with the auto-mode only going up to 1.5x’s speed. The more blaring part of the game that doesn’t seem necessary is the “House” interface which often seems quite broken. I recognise the intention behind this section, but regardless I feel it falls short. For fans of ARPGs I would definitely recommend checking out Shadow Seven. I recommend giving the game a chance by playing through the 7-day challenge. Which takes a bit more that seven days if don’t have the time to really sit and play, but it’s a reasonable introduction to the game, with a goal that isn’t as hard to reach as it may seem.
There are few games as nostalgic as Pokemon. And, thankfully, Nintendo is continuing to grace us with more and more mobile games featuring the legendary pocket monsters. Pokemon Cafe is their most recent release for mobile phones (and is also available for the Nintendo Switch.)
When first opening the game you are introduced to a short story introduction and tutorial. The game is a simple matching game, where you gather all the same pokemon by swiping your finger along the screen. The game is easy to play and learn as well as doesn’t require the player to spend real money, but (of course) give the player the option and will occasionally put forth a particularly hard level in an attempt to get a player to buy power-ups. There does not seem to be a definite paywall, but beware of the temptation they will try to create.
The game is easy to navigate and is absolutely adorable as it includes many longtime favorites such as Togepi, Eevee, Charmander, and Pikachu. The foods that you learn as the game goes on are also adorable pokemon themed drinks, desserts and lunches. Once loaded, there is minimal lag in the game as you navigate it, this mixed with the adorable visuals makes for pleasant gameplay. For new and old fans of Pokemon, I would definitely recommend this game!