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Lilo's Lair #6: Tales of the Rays. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

Welcome back, everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. I spent most of it playing Slime Rancher. Man, I’m such a sucker for cute games. Also, August is just too hot! I’m tired of this skin melting sunshine. Alas, here I am with a month or two more of sweating in a baking sun. Ugh, think I’ll stay inside the next month. They deliver groceries now anyway.

Anyway, it’s Monday, and as promised I’m sharing a new mobile game that I think is great!

There must be some of you who have heard of the Tales series of games. It’s one of the more popular Japanese RPGs, and the series has sold sixteen million games worldwide! The first one came out in 1995. That’s twenty-two years ago–the same year Toy Story came out! It was titled Tales of Phantasia. I hadn’t quite ripened into my gaming years just yet in 1995, but I did turn an interested eye to Tales of Vesperia back in 2008 and played many hours of the game. That had been the only Tales game I managed to play, until two weeks ago.

Overall, the Tales series is a Japanese role playing game. I see it as a classic (high) fantasy, complete with kingdoms and magic, knights and battling for good. There may be a little love, and there is definitely lots of battling monsters. Though, unlike a lot of classic fantasy RPGs, the Tales series does not use turn based gameplay. A big theme throughout each of the Tales games are issues with the coexistence of different races. Also, the main characters are always interested in justice it seems.

So, for the first time ever we have a full Tales game for our phones. What?! Yes. July 24th marked the North American and European release of Tales of the Rays. And you guys…it’s FREE. I could barely believe it when I spotted it in the App Store by pure accident. I thought that it must be some type of poorly made game–horrible graphics, major issues, and a short little game. After playing for a few minutes, my mouth was sort of flopping open. This is a real, full Tales game…free, for my phone.

Check out the trailer:

The story starts when falling meteors destroy Ix Nieves and Mileena Weiss’ island hometown. They survive, but soon discover a serious, grim threat to their world of Tir Na Nog. Now it’s off to battle to save the world!

Lilo's Lair #1: Pocket Mortys. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

You build a party of four and are in control of the first member of the crew. You can customize your characters a little with weapons, outfits, and accessories. The game is controlled by touch, in battle, you use the left side for moving your character around and the right side for attacking.

The game has something called Anima–which designates the origin of the character and is based on what game the character originated from. It affects the stats of the characters, and if the character’s Anima matches the quests prescribed Anima, then that character will receive a x2 multiplier to their stats. However, the main character’s Ix and Mileena will always receive a x1.5 multiplier no matter the quest’s Anima type.

The special attacks for Tales of the Rays are called Mirrage Artes and can be activated once the pink bar under the character’s blue HP bar, is fully charged. A red arrow will appear to alert you, and you can swipe up from the character’s icon to perform the special attack. There is also a yellow bar that signifies the character’s skilled attacking power. This will diminish as you used specialized attacks and once it’s completely deplenished, you’ll have to wait for the yellow bar to regenerate some before using skilled attacks again.

You can assign four weapons to a character and one Mirrage Artes. It’s best to use the weapons that are specific to the character so that they can use their skill move in battle.

Tales of the Rays also has something called summoning. You need at least twenty Mirrorgems (the currency of the game) to be able to summon weapons and Mirrage Artes. You don’t get to pick what you’ll be summoning, so its a surprise to see what you manage to get!

Lilo's Lair #1: Pocket Mortys. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

I haven’t played through the game yet, so this is just on first impressions. I’m not going to be shy, I’m impressed. This is exactly what I remember from the previous Tales game I played before. What really drives it home for me is it’s a phone game (for Android and iOS). I’m so used to simple games on the phone that I’m a bit flabbergasted by the depth and graphics of this one.

I don’t like the option to buy game money with real money. I’ve never been a fan of RPGs switching from monthly subscriptions to in game purchase options. It makes the experience different for different players, and things can become unbalanced. Though, I’m not too disgruntled about it in this game since it’s not an MMO.

I also wish that there was a little less loading time. I have a Nexus 5X, maybe you have a better phone than me and will have shorter loading times.

Lastly, it does fall a little flat after a while. I wish I felt more engrossed in the story.

Overall, would I recommend this? Absolutely, it’s a free phone game that can make for an excellent time waster. It’s truly a game from the Tales series so if you love–or even just like–the series, this is definitely a game for you. If you have yet to try a Tales game, this is the perfect introduction because it’s free!


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18 thoughts on “Lilo’s Lair #6: Tales of the Rays

  1. grayicemake says:

    I am hype for this game seeing that it is a lot like SAO or LOG HORIZON. Animes that are close to my heart despite of its flaws.

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  2. titanierza says:

    I will play this game just to see what makes it tick. Admittedly being in mobile is a plus for me.

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  3. Glad to hear it is a free game. I’m wondering, what is the minimum requirement of iOS and Android to play this without lags?

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  4. valine13 says:

    Nice Im looking forward to a game that is free and now here it is! ill definitely check this out!

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  5. darkkvader says:

    Thanks for sharing this! I like RPG Games. I hope it can work offline too.

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  6. coyleon says:

    If you’re not that invested in the anime where this game is inspired, you’ll probably not waste too much time on it… but I must say, the graphics on this one looks real good! I think I’ll give it a shot and see if I’d be drawn into the story.

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  7. garymick344 says:

    Whoa! Another cool RPG game to try!

    Thanks for this detailed review, Lilo! ^_^ You’re new ’round here, yes?

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  8. unvrso says:

    BAttle games are some of my favorites, so I will try it on my mobil. Thanks for the review, it gives an introspection on the game

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  9. amaterasu123 says:

    I wish there are more visuals than text. Not that I have something against that thing no!!! The point is seeing is easier than reading.

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  10. micorobin says:

    I hope this does not take a lot of space let alone memory on my phone. Time to replace my old games with this one.

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  11. JansenS says:

    Nice Game! I remember playing Final Fantasy before during the 90s. They look like the same as per the game-play. RPG’s are definitely an exciting games to play.

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  12. wolfbro92 says:

    I think I’ve heard of this game before. Don’t know why it’s not very famous in my country yet. Really seems like a cool game, worth the try!

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  13. skydragonwendymarvell says:

    By any chance there is an anime adaptation for this? I just feel that they are an anime turned into a game.

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  14. It really reminds me of Tales of Phantasia!!! Some of you do not remember it but there is really such a game. It makes me feel old ha ha.

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  15. irabrady44 says:

    Thank you so much for quite an in-depth review, Lilo! It saves anyone from having to find out how much of a dud a mobile game is… and yea, no plans pickin’ this one up. I’ll stick with my Candy Crush for now. Ha ha

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  16. zak413 says:

    Been playing RPGs like these for quite some time. For the most part, they’re only as good as their storyline. Take the plot out of the picture and you’re getting a repetitive hack-and-slash game. I hope this one won’t disappoint.

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  17. luffyzorro2012 says:

    I agree with the comment of a game being repetitive. However hey it works why fix it ? ha ha.

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  18. kadoyatsukasa123 says:

    What I can say is it all boils down how you execute it. A good example is Power escalation in both comics. Sure it is a rinse and repeat concept but if handled well then it can become amazing. Dragonball is an example of that.

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