Available On: Android, iOS
Price: Free, Micro-Transactions
Arcane Legends is another Action RPG for Android devices. I’m not usually a fan of these games on touch devices, but this one does things a lot better than other Action RPG games on the mobile platform. While all the same elements are there, things are done differently by using on-screen controls. To fight an enemy you furiously tap one designated combat button as opposed to furiously tapping the enemy, which you may or may not be landing your finger on. Arcane Legends is an OK game. The graphics are definitely not something I would call wonderful, but I wouldn’t call them abysmal either.
One of the things about Arcane Legends that is handy but also annoying is the download. The game itself is a minor download, but the content in the game is a bit larger. I would much rather the game download the entirety of the assets and content in one setting instead of heading to a new area where it pauses to download all of the content. It’s a bit annoying when you just want to get on with the game and complete the quests that you were given. It just feels extremely annoying. I mean, how would you feel if Angry Birds was a 50KB download, but after you finished every level it had more assets to download?
There are four total characters to play as. The first is a berserker-like character, the next is a rogue and the last one is a sorcerer. The rogue and the berserker felt a bit rubbish, so I went with the sorcerer. All of the classes ended up having a huge lack of depth to them, which was highly disappointing. On the other hand, I have to applaud the developer for creating some really good looking effects.
To be honest, a lot of this stuff in the game is way too complicated to do on a smartphone. It feels like it was really built for a larger tablet, which is a tad unfortunate if you like playing games like these on the go. This game just does not have a lot of quality in it. Characters you can create apparently weren’t on the agenda of quality either, as they all feel very half-baked. The other thing that I didn’t find to be very good in the game was the animation quality. If I had one thing to complain about in Arcane Legends, it would be about the animations as they are outright terrible.
It is important to note that this game is free, but micro-transactions are literally everywhere. It’s a good a game, especially for most of it being free, but having to by just about every bloody thing in the game with real money is a real annoyance.