Hi everyone! How are you all doing? Sometimes when I’m bored, I like to open the App Store (I have an iPhone 5s) and download new apps to try. Most of the time I end up deleting them, but I always hold out hope that I’ll find an amazing app or game. I haven’t found any yet that I really love recently, so instead, I’m going to share my absolute favorite mobile game.
Before you roll your eyes and say, “Pfft, what’s so great about a mobile game?“, Hear me out!
Mobile games are only going to get better and better as developers show more interest and phones get faster. As processor chips in our phones become more developed, they’ll be able to handle games with more intricate plots and gameplay. That means that maybe one day soon, we’ll even see mainstream competitive mobile gaming! Don’t imagine Candy Crush: think Hearthstone and today’s topic, Puzzle & Dragons.
I downloaded Puzzle & Dragons over three years ago. It was released by GungHo Online, a Japanese video game company. Have you ever heard of Ragnarok? They developed Ragnarok for the Nintendo DS, and they also host the Japanese servers for Ragnarok Online. Anyways, one of my friends recommended this game to me (let’s call it PAD for Puzzles And Dragons), saying that it was entertaining and super addicting. I didn’t really believe them, but I tried it out and soon found myself addicted too!
Feeling interested? Let me share some more facts about PAD. You can play it on Android, Kindle Fire (like…what?), and iOS. It is incredibly popular in Japan, and if you search for it on Youtube, you can find a million tutorials and let’s plays for it. It has been downloaded over 50 million times worldwide, and it was the first mobile game in history to make $1 billion in revenue.
If you’re not feeling curious by now, then I don’t know what to tell you. There must be something amazing about a mobile game for people to actively spend money on it, right? Maybe you’ll feel differently after you watch this short let’s play:
So basically PAD is like a mobile version of Pokemon, where you have to “catch” different monsters, create a team from them, and progress into the game. The difference? The gameplay. PAD is a tile-matching game.
There are two ways you can get more monsters in PAD. The first is by playing in dungeons. Usually, one dungeon has 5 or more rooms. In each room, you have about 5 stages. To play, you select a room, battle the monsters in the stages, and defeat the boss. As you beat the rooms and dungeons, the monsters will get fiercer and stronger. Sometimes, when you battle a monster and win, they will drop an egg. This egg will usually have a Level 1 version of that monster, which you can level up and add to your team.
The second way to get more monsters is by playing the Egg Machines. There are two egg machines, and sometimes during special events, there is a limited egg machine as well. (GungHo likes to collaborate with different games–they create limited edition characters from DC, Clash of Clans, and even Hello Kitty). These two egg machines are the Pal Egg Machine and the Rare Egg Machine.
To play the Pal Egg Machine or PEM, you collect Pal Points which you earn by logging in or by playing dungeons with friends.
To play the Rare Egg Machine, you have to use 5 Magic Stones. Playing through 1 dungeon will give you one magic stone. On top of that, you can receive magic stones during special events. And then: you can buy magic stones. This is where GungHo makes money. The Rare Egg Machine gives you great monsters, and some events make the rates of certain monsters from the REM higher.
So let’s say you’re looking for monster A, and usually, the chance of getting him during a typical day is 1%. But if you play the REM during an event, the chance of getting him is 5%. You’d want to play on the event day, right? So people are saving up magic stones or buying them during events (which usually happen every 2 weeks) to try and get their dream monster. At first, it seems kind of lame to spend money to get rare monsters, but I mean… look at this art!
This is just one example of the fantastic monsters you can add to your team on PAD.
The online payments might intimidate you from downloading, but don’t worry. Progressing in the game without ever spending a cent is possible. It’ll just take some hard work! For the first year of playing, I didn’t buy any magic stones, but I still managed to get far.
Anyways, how do you feel about the game? I love this game so much that I’ve started a new account just to relive the nostalgia! You can add me with my friend code: 399,937,419.
How does it sound? Does PAD seem like a game you’d be interested in playing?