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Hearthstone: Whispers of the Old Gods

This is our first Mobile Game Monday about a game that isn’t exclusively a mobile game. In fact most would argue that Hearthstone offers a better experience on PC. That being said it is still a mobile game that is very much worth your time and the latest expansion offers some exciting changes to the game.

The most notable change is the new “Standard format.” This is a godsend from Blizzard. Hearthstone is a game that suffers from two major issues. It is incredibly unforgiving to new players and power creep. This format is the answer to both of these issues. Now only the original cards and the most recent expansion can be used to make decks. This makes the game much more streamlined for new players and gives veterans the chance to play new and more diverse decks.

You can still play the game’s previous format now known as “Wild,” but I don’t understand why anyone would want to.

This expansion also comes with some much welcome card reworks like Knife Juggler’s attack being reduced and the removal of the Force of Nature and Savage Roar Druid combo that has been the staple of the class for the past two years.

Hearthstone is a game that I have been playing since the Open Beta. It’s a fun collectable card game featuring characters from the popular MMO World of Warcraft. It’s a fun game for both the casual and the hardcore fans. So why not give “this thinking man’s version of Candy crush and the idiot’s version of Magic the Gathering” a try? If you log in soon enough you’ll get a few free packs just for logging in and another ten for winning about 12 or so games. Happy cardslinging!

Goodbye and good riddance to overpowered cards like Dr. Boom!

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See you in Hell Secrets Paladin!

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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.

 

Clash Royale! Clash of Clans Meets Tower Defense Meets Card Games!

Everyone knows about the pay-to-progress faster waiting simulator known as Clash of Clans. It’s a game that brings in so much money that they got Liam Neeson for their Superbowl commercial. It makes  $5,000,000 a day!

Clash Royale is what many consider developer Supercell’s first attempt at an actual game in their almost six years of being a company and since its global release in March in has received a lot of support. It has had a couple of balance patches and a lot of marketing behind it. The game even had a tournament in Helsinki with a cash prize of 10,000€ last week.

This game however is fundamentally broken. The more you win the better cards you’ll unlock through in-game chests. These chests take a minimum of 3 hours to open and a maximum of 24 depending on its rarity. What’s so bad about that? Well you only have 4 chest slots and once they are all full then you won’t get another chest until you have an open one. This is only the first of many ways that the game limits your progression.

Each card has a level so the more you collect the stronger it can become if you combine them using in game gold. Eventually the number of cards becomes astronomically high and the gold cost is just as inflated. So how do you cope with this slow progression? Well it’s simple spend money. For the low price of $11,000 you too can make it to the top 50 of the leaderboards in about a month. The game’s global release was a month ago and its already projected to make a billion dollars this year.

Finally the game will match you against better players if you win consistently enough. I do not say better as in “higher skill or trophy rank.” I say better as in they are a higher level which means that their defensive crown towers do more damage and have more health. The game also does not factor card levels into the matchmaking at all so you could be matched against someone with a level 8 musketeer while yours is level 5.

Don’t even get me started on the games balancing. Not all cards are created equally. Prince is the most objectively overpowered card in the entire game and you only get it randomly unless you spend 2000 gold while it’s available in the shop. While Skeleton Army, another epic card is one of the worst cards in the game. Guess which one I got at the start? I’ll give ya a hint. It’s the garbage one.

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Despite all of these glaring flaws I find myself enjoying the game immensely. Yeah it’s a broken pay-to-win extravaganza. Yeah prince is overpowered. Yeah Hog Rider Freeze decks exist. Yeah the game’s community is cancerous and the game works against you at every possible turn to stop your win streak or limit your progress, but it’s fun. Winning against these odds is oh so satisfying and if you’re a fan of Clash of Clans then you’re already playing it.

Want to suggest a game? Then leave it in the comments!

Wanna join my clan? Here it is!

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