Monster Strike Articles RSS Feed | Monster Strike RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Microtransactions Aren't Going Anywhere, So Get Used to It Sun, 20 Nov 2016 17:58:44 -0500 Unclepulky

There are certain things in video games that no one likes. Escort missions, quick-time events, on-disk DLC, etc. However, one persistent trend that, despite the being bemoaned by fans, gamers continue to support: microtransactions

For those who are unaware, microtransactions are where players can (or must) purchase virtual goods for a small fee in order to progress or be competitive in, usually, free-to-play games.

In some games, which I'll mention later, microtransactions are used in the way they should be. That is, it either adds content that doesn't affect the gameplay, (like aesthetic features) or, if it does affect the gameplay, the player gets a lot of things for a small amount of cash. 

However, most of the time, microtransactions are used as roadblocks, as a way to make players who thought they were playing a free game pay-up to make any sort of discernable progress. In these games, if you don't throw down at least a little money, you won't be getting very far.

And since people do continue to play these "Pay-to-Win" games, companies will have no incentive to stop making them.

The Story of DC Legends

One of the most egregious recent cases of this trend is DC Legends. There are only two ways to unlock more powerful characters in this game. Either you can spend countless hours slogging through the game to unlock character -- or you can pay upwards of $50 to unlock them.

$50. For a character in a mobile game. This should be unacceptable, but alas, it's become the the West.

Over in the East, it's a different story. Game devs there are the ones who've learned how to make microtransactions profitable for themselves, while also making them worthwhile for consumers. Examples of games which utilize this concept are Monster Strike and Soul Clash.

Audiences in Asian countries realized long ago how unfair the pay-to-win system was -- and stopped supporting it. As a result, things were changed for the better. Sadly, for the time being, it doesn't seem the West will be following suit. 

The difference between games made in the East and West is night and day, but that doesn't have to be the way things are with business practices. In fact, Western developers could take a cue from their Eastern counterparts and ditch the practice altogether. But in reality, companies do things based on the law of supply and demand.

So as long as Western consumers continue to buy up and use microtransactions to make their games "better," and eat up what's being sold to them, Western developers won't stop doing what makes them the most money. 

Addicted to Puzzle and Dragons? Here are 5 Other Awesome Puzzle RPGs for Mobile! Sun, 06 Nov 2016 10:00:01 -0500 StraightEdge434


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5. Tower of Saviors (Android and iOS)


Another puzzle RPG that followed in the footsteps of Puzzle & Dragons, Tower of Saviors is also a game where players must match three or more of the same color to get combos. But what makes this game great and unique are the monster designs. They feel "ancient." In other words, they look like they were ripped out from some fairy tale and put into this game. The background music is phenomenal as well. It's so distinct and different, that it's almost memorable.


Another aspect that separates this game are the monster skills. They are completely different from those from Puzzle & Dragons. For example, there is a skill that erases all fire orbs on the current board, and then deals damage to enemies based on the amount erased. Puzzle & Dragons is yet to incorporate such a skill. 




Do you yourself have a favorite puzzle RPG for mobile devices that wasn't mentioned in the list? If so, what is it? Feel free to share some of your favorite games in the comments below!


(Credit: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe)


4. Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle (Android and iOS)


There is a puzzle RPG based on Dragon Ball Z? Sure is! This mobile app allows you to once again construct a team of your most favorite characters from the series. And the gameplay is fun too! Players need to match Ki of the same color by dragging a path to the enemy. However, the color needs to correspond to the color of your character for maximum effectiveness!


The game is a bit tricky to master, but eventually will prove to be fun, unique, and challenging for any player. 


(Credit: Monster Strike)


3. Monster Strike (Android and iOS)


All you have to do is pull and release. Think of playing billiards. Choose a monster that is on your team, and pull it as hard (if you need to) as you need, then release. It will bounce around the battle area. If it comes in contact with an enemy, it will damage that enemy depending on momentum. If however, your monster touches an ally, then the monster that was touched will activate a certain skill. 


It's basically a fun physics game. I myself have tried this puzzle RPG, and it's pretty darn awesome.




2. Terra Battle (Android and iOS)


This puzzle RPG looks to be one of a kind! From the looks of the trailer, it looks like players need to align their monster cards with one another in order to flank enemies, and activate certain skills. It kind of reminds me of Tetris. The puzzle aspect revolves around coordinating your movement (since there is a timer) by moving your piece to the perfect position.


On a side note, I personally like how there is a download counter that displays what awaits players for every milestone reached. It sort of sets a goal and encourages people to try the game out. But to be fair, the trailer is from 2014, so it's safe to say that certain milestones have already been reached.


(Credit: Legendary: Game of Heroes)


1. Legendary: Game of Heroes (Android and iOS)


This mobile app looks very similar to Puzzle & Dragons. Match three or more of the same color to clear a combo, and deal corresponding damage to your opponent.


However, one thing that stands out are the character designs. They look fairly interesting simply because of how unique each one is designed. Another interesting feature that this game has unlike Puzzle & Dragons is the ability to join guilds. As seen in the trailer, players can join guilds, make friends, and embark on adventures together.


Puzzle & Dragons and Candy Crush Saga aren't the only popular puzzle RPGs available for mobile devices. There are countless other clones and originals that too, challenge players' minds with puzzle mechanics. 


The following list showcases five other puzzle RPGs that are available now, waiting to be downloaded!

Trailer for Monster Strike anime released Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:52:40 -0400 Sam Yoo

Online social networking service Mixi and video game designer Okamoto Yoshiki's Monster Strike, the #1 popular iOS and Android game in Japan, will be adapted into a YouTube exclusive anime.  Details for the new project were released on July 21, including the latest promotional video.

Monster Strike is a “physics strategy” game with a JRPG element and cooperative multiplayer capability.  Players flick their monsters across the field, much like air hockey, to bump off the walls and incur damage by colliding into their enemies, while at the same time creating “Friendship Combos” by bumping into their allies. 

The Monster Strike anime episodes will each be slated to be approximately 7 minutes in duration.  Monster Strike producer Kimura Koki has assured fans that the anime version of Monster Strike offers a new form of anime optimized for YouTube. If the PV is anything to go by, the short series promises to feature a fast tempo and exciting developments that will immediately pull viewers into the story, as well as an abundance of exhilarating battle scenes and humor.

The cast:

The protagonist Homura Ren will be voiced by Kobayashi Yuusuke.

The monster “sidekick” character Oragon will be voiced by Fukushima Jun.  

The heroine character, whose name will be released at a later date, will be voiced by LYNN.

Aside from Japanese, the series is the first of its kind to feature multilingual support in English, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), as well as Korean. The first episode is scheduled to air on YouTube, October 10, 2015.