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Licensed but, Good? One Piece: Treasure Cruise

It’s time for another Mobile Game Monday!

Not too long ago I released a post about licensed games and their tendency to be mediocre at best. So I thought it would be fitting for me to play a licensed game for this week.

Keep in mind that I’ve seen about 75 or so episodes of the anime I wouldn’t consider myself a fan of the series. That being said true One Piece fans will love this game!

The combat is surprisingly fun for how simple it is. Yeah it’s just timed tapping the screen so that your characters attack in the proper order for maximum damage, but it’s engaging enough. I also like that the game doesn’t play itself. There are plenty of mobile games that do. The game’s art style encompasses the tone of the show. It’s exaggerated, bright, and detailed.

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The game’s best feature is the crew building aspect. You can form a crew of up to six characters from nameless grumps to the show’s main characters, heroes, and villains. The game features a power-up system where you sacrifice characters and materials to level up your favorite crew members. You can then evolve them, kind of like Pokemon, so that they look and fight like true terrors of the sea.

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Don’t let the charming art style fool you though. This game is for hardcore fans of the series, because the difficulty spikes are sporadic and intense. It’s an absolute grindfest which can be a nightmare, especially when you have a limited Action Point bar. When it runs out you’re done until it fills back up (at a rate of 1 point every 5 minutes.)

Even if you don’t know a thing about the anime or the manga, the game fills you in with “cutscenes” which are mostly just still drawings with text, but it’s a nice touch. Although the game is rife with microtransactions it’s a fun little time waster and a darn good way to spend a Sunday Afternoon.

 

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Bad Design or Shameless Cash Grab? Licensed Games

The Video Game industry has garnered a lot of respect due to its marketing successes. Triple A titles have grossed hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. The industry also lacks quality control at all levels of entry so it is no surprise that someone looking to make a quick buck would release a sub-par or poorly made game to the masses.

According to an article on TV Tropes titled The Problem with Licensed Games, licensed games are marketed in two different ways. The first and most obvious being the quality of the game, and the second being the reputation or recognition of the game’s title. It also cites that even if a licensed game is made with good intentions, most of the production money goes into purchasing the license which leads to budget issues down the line.

Another article by Jared Cornelius of bleedingcool.com A History of Vileness: The Problem With Licensed Video Games provides a similar insight into licensed games, but takes a much more direct approach. The writer directly blames licensed video games like the infamous E.T. for the video game crash of 1983 that almost ruined the industry.

With so many terrible experiences and broken promises surrounding them, it’s no wonder there is such a stigma surrounding licensed games. YouTube reviewer SomecallmeJohnny reviewed Cory in the House for the nintendo DS. A game based on the kind of sort of popular Disney Channel sequel to That’s So Raven. In his video he mocks the game’s lazy mechanics and barely cohesive story. It is obvious that the game was only made to turn a quick buck and that the developers had absolutely no respect for the fans or the consumers whatsoever.

Although all games should be skeptical of licensed games, there are several examples of successful ones. The Batman Arkham franchise has been heralded as “The Best Super Hero games on the market.” by YouTuber Angry Joe. He has released reviews for every game in the franchise and they have all been fairly positive. The Lego games franchise has drawn in fans of Star Wars, Indiana Jones Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings with its charming art style and unique game mechanics.

YouTube personalities like the Angry Video Game Nerd and PewDiePie have their own respective licensed games like AVGN Adventures and its recently released sequel AVGN Adventures 2: ASSimilation while Pewds has Legends of the Brofist. These games serve as love letters to the fans and are full of references to their own content. I personally await Jim Sterling‘s Licensed Game Adventure!