I hope everyone had a great weekend! The end of summer seems so close now that a lot of schools are back in session. I’m already getting excited about fall!
Today I want to share another Andriod/iOS mobile game. I had to sift through a lot of games to find a good one this week. What I landed on was Eternium–a mobile tribute to Diablo. That, of course, caught my eye. Diablo III was the fastest-selling PC game of all time! In the first week after release, it sold a total 6.3 billion copies.
picture from MMOhuts
Therefore, I quickly clicked the download button and waited to see what this game brought. I was not disappointed. This is a top-down view, hack and slash role-playing game. Also, it’s free. The creators actually pride themselves on just how free the game is. There are no paywalls, and you do not pay to win. Ninety percent of the people who play this game choose to not pay a single penny. That’s great! This game can be thoroughly enjoyed in its entirety without having to fork out some cash. This cheapskate is happy.
When you first start the game, you’re faced with the classic choice between sword-master, gunslinger, and magic user. Although this game titles the classes Warrior, Bounty Hunter, and Mage. I decided on the gunslinger (or Bounty Hunter) and then quickly set off to rid the world of the dead. The setting that you wander around is that of older times (hundreds of years ago), with forests framing small villages, ruins, and such. The graphics aren’t too bad, though the enemies can be so small that I don’t really see their details. There is good attention to detail though and a nice variety, however, nothing looked like anything I hadn’t seen before, and the quality didn’t wow me.
The controls are certainly worth mentioning because the creators of this game like to say they are the first action role-playing game that’s truly designed for touch play. It was evident from the start that controls are a little different–particularly a lot of tapping versus holding the screen. A prominent example of that is movement. You tap to a place on the screen to walk to it and continue tapping to continue moving towards a farther destination. Now, this game was released in 2014–three years ago–so these ideas may not be as novel as they once were. I haven’t played a huge amount of mobile RPGs, but I have not come across controls quite like this. However, I quickly got a handle on the tapping and how to cast spells or special moves. The controls for those moves are what I really like. For example, the first special my character learned was rapid fire, which was achieved by swiping a v on the screen.
Another nice difference with this game is the options. Mainly, the ability to limit the frame rate to conserve phone battery. Which I appreciate a lot. More than once I’ve been caught waiting somewhere for much longer than I’d want. I, of course, pass the time with my phone, and no doubt end up playing a phone game. Unfortunately, they usually drain my battery, and I’m forced to turn the game off and stop using my phone at all so I can keep some battery life. Then I stare off into space and drool until the wait is over. No fun. Long live the battery.
My other favorite options are the variety for your character. The different pieces of clothing you can wear, and different level weapons, along with the special moves. It’s nothing unfamiliar to an RPG player, and it’s nice to not feel that is taken away in this mobile game.
picture from APKpure
The gameplay thus far has been pretty smooth. The enemies die pretty fast and are relatively weak. However, things get more interesting as you level up and go to more advanced stages. The tutorial part of the game is integrated well and is quick and easy to understand. The entire storyline revolves around you finding your arch enemy Ragadam. There are three acts to the story, and each of those acts has their own planet. You work your way through the levels killing the enemies and collecting the loot that drops after their death (mostly gold).
picture from MMOhuts
Crafting is another aspect of this game. It’s easy to do, just tossing together three items and being told the chances for the rarity of the crafted item. Despite the simplicity, it’s useful and therefore a great additive to the game.
Overall, I like this game and definitely recommend it to anyone who loves role-playing games. This game is clearly made by people who cared about bringing the players a great RPG experience on the phone. There are some issues. The biggest one being this is made for right-handed people. I’m right-handed, so it’s no issue for me, but if you’re left-handed then you would have to remove your hand from the screen to see all crucial screen displays on the left. Another con is this game kind of begs to have a multiplayer that doesn’t exist. There are rumors that there will eventually be multiplayer but so far nothing. That doesn’t take anything away from the great single player gameplay though. It’s interesting and has kept my attention. The levels thus far are short, and I like that for a phone game. I like the clear, yet simple storyline. Lastly, this game is actually free.