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Champions Arena Review 2023

Champions Arena Review 2023

Champions Arena Review 2023 What is Champions Arena? Champions Arena is a 3D Turn-based RPG published by Gala Games Inc, with a new Play to Earn(P2E) system inside the game for Android and PC. The game revolves around collecting champions to fight using cards system 

Woodoku Review the best free to play around?

Woodoku Review the best free to play around?

Woodoku Review 2023 What is Woodoku? Woodoku is a wood block puzzle game published by Tripledot Studios Limited. Famous for been simple, addictive, free to play and a brain teaser. We shall see if all that is true or not in this Woodoku Review. Woodoku’s 

Panilla Saga Review

Panilla Saga Review

Panilla Saga review

Idle Reward in Panilla Saga

What is Panilla Saga?

Panilla Saga is a new mobile idle role-playing game developed and published by Ujoy Games. A hybrid Idle game that combine Active and Passive gameplay with a Retro fantasy 2D style.

Overall Rating

3/5
3/5

OVERVIEW of Panilla Saga

Are you looking for an idle game who looks like AFK Arena? Do you have some time on your hand to play a RPG like game? Panilla Saga, have you tried it yet? With a diverse hero pool, different active gameplay mode and a comination between 2D art and Chibi like characters.

1. Graphics and Visual Design

Overall Visual Quality:
4/5
Character Design:
4/5
Environment Design:
2/5
Special Effects:
3/5

With it’s retro art style and chibi characters to add a certain level of cuteness, fans will be delighted by the Panilla Saga‘s art style. Heroes does look like some popular anime characters and offers some degree of fanservice.

2. Sound and Music

Music:
2/5
Sound Effects:
4/5
Voice Acting:
4/5

Panilla Saga has a rather poor library of music with some tracks but cover it’s weakness with a good sound effects and Japanese voice acting for all of the characters.

Combat in Panilla Saga

3. Gameplay Mechanics

Combat System:
4/5
Champion Variety:
4/5
Progression System:
3/5
Team-Building Mechanics:
4/5
Game Modes:
4/5
Summoning Rate:
4/5

The good classic 5v5 combat system with skills, runes, equipment and heroes. Don’t forget all the different game modes like Divine Path, Chessboard of ages, Rubick’s Maze and Dreamtown, which offer a simulation mode and arcade gameplay. Panilla Saga let’s you summon heroes and build any kind of team you want with any factions, only downside i found was your hero formation is static.

4. Story and Lore

World-Building:
2/5
Character Development:
3/5
Quest Variety:
2/5

The story is interesting but gets boring without the voice actors. Panilla Saga still has different lore for each character which you can unlock when you increase your affinity with the hero.

5. Progression System

Character Progression:
2/5
Equipment Upgrades:
3/5
Game Mode Progression:
3/5
Achievements and Rewards:
4/5

Panilla Saga presents a good progression system if have the right amount of resources and duplicates of heroes. The character leveling, skill upgrades, gears and runes does offer enough freedom for players to shape their champions and progress through the game. However, lucked based heroes acquisition can ruin your progression and set you in a waiting mode where things may come monotone.

Other game mode

6. Multiplayer and Competitive Gameplay

Community Interaction:
4/5
Balanced Matchmaking:
3/5
Reward System:
3/5

Beside Arena and Guild missions like Lion War, Guild Expedition and Guild Crusade, Panilla Saga lacks of multiplayer gameplay. But i think it’s enough for an idle game.

7. Events and Updates

Variety of Events:
4/5
Frequency of Updates:
5/5
Reward Quality:
3/5

The events and updates in Panilla Saga is what keep the active gameplay alive. Although some events are only the reskins version of the previous events for another hero. Game offers frequent update and rewards you after maintenance.

Cash Shop in Panilla Saga

8. Monetization and In-Game Purchases

Value for Money:
4/5
Fairness of Pricing:
4/5
Balance Between Free and Paid Content:
2/5

Panilla Saga presents a monetization and in-game purchase system that offers players optional enhancements and conveniences. While you don’t really have any obligation or reasons to rush contents, the availability of in-game purchases can provide shortcuts and a significant boost to your account. Game is P2W specially for events where F2P struggle to collect enough points to exchange for good rewards.

9. Community and Player Support

Social Media:
4/5
Website:
5/5
Customer Support:
4/5

Overall, Panilla Saga does have a good Social Media presences on different popular platform. Also the game has a rather positive customer support with 3 ways to contact them.

10. Game Size and Compatibility

Game Size Rating:
3/5
Device Compatibility Rating:
5/5
Performance:
5/5

With 2.51 GB, Panilla Saga is a quite heavy for an idle game. Game runs without any issue on both phone and emulator.

Should you play Panilla Saga ?

Yes, If you like classic idle game like AFK Arena, with a little of idle gameplay and a very active gameplay. Panilla Saga is a good game where you can enjoy collecting your heroes and play multiple modes to advance at your own pace.

However, i find the game a bit too demanding in terms of active gameplay. Panilla Saga feels more like an RPG than an idle game. Playing an idle game for 2 hours daily gets tedious after a week. Another thing i found annoying was the lucked base heroes, although the game gives you a wish lists and a pity system. RNG can still mess your account easily.

Anastasia in Panilla Saga

Overall, if you enjoy RPGs, chibi art style, have some free time playing an idle game for more than 1 hour daily. Panilla Saga is your game, with no big wall for progression and if you disregard the P2W of events, the game is very enjoyable providing you have the patience and like idle games.

Raid: Shadow Legends Review

Raid: Shadow Legends Review

Raid: Shadow Legends review What is Raid:Shadow Legends? Raid: Shadow Legends is a popular mobile role-playing game developed and published by Plarium Games. Your mission is to save the world of Teleria with the help of heroes that you will recruit and form a team 

Echocalypse Review 2023

Echocalypse Review 2023

REVIEW Echocalypse First Released Oct 20, 2022 Android, IOS Echocalypse is a gacha collection RPG published by Yoozoo on mobile. Info Info Overall Rating : Positive Type : RPG Category : Free to Play Contains Ads : Yes Micro Transaction : Yes Country : SEA Content Rating : Teen,Violence, Fantasy, Suggestive Themes 

Idle Angels: Realm of Goddess Review 2023

Idle Angels: Realm of Goddess Review 2023

Idle Angels: Realm of Goddess

REVIEW

First Released Sep 21, 2019

MUJOY GAMES has been working hard for their only title "Idle Angels: Realm of goddess" which has been here for several years now.

Google Playstore has been showing me Idle Angels: Realm of Goddess for quite a long time which i was ignoring due to a lack of interest in idle games. However, to see an idle game still running after all multiple years where so games have shutdown in less than a year, is incredible. It make me wonder how did this game stood up against so many giants and why are they still here?

What is Idle Angels: Realm of Goddess?

Idle angel is a Collection Idle RPG game where you collect different waifu, upgrade them to fight waves of enemies and bosses. The game is in 2D with animated characters which make things more interesting( for those of you who know what i mean…). The game obviously use the theme of angels, demons and goddesses which give a huge variety of unique illustrations.

Does Idle Angels: Realm of Goddess have fan service?

Yes, yes, yes(reference to jojo), however Idle Angels cleverly block their gallery(skins) behind certain requirements that will force to play the game to achieve. You will need to be at a level 20 account to unlock the fashion(gallery). Fashion is where you can view or preview the skins of your characters that you have obtained in summoning.

Idle Angels:Realm of Goddess's Fashion

However skins require some specific tickets that you will need to farm daily and some are only available via cash shop. It’s a bit disappointing to see only a grey and motionless illustration of your waifu and same goes for the skins. Sadly skins with the most fan service are obviously the higher rarity character which is not available early on.

Idle games

For those who may ask why i starts the review with fan service instead of the gameplay itself? Before i answer this question, i would like to mention 2 important point concerning idle games. First an idle game is a type of game with little interaction from the player as most things are automated.

Secondly in order to compensate for the lack of gameplay, idle game will capitalize on either beautiful illustrations or some fancy animation. Idle games offer some of the best quality of life in the mobile gaming world. So remember you will be watching your phone most of the time and will act more as a manager.

What is the Story of Idle Angels: Realm of Goddess?

Idle angels as the title says is an Idle Collection RPG with the theme of divinity. Strangely despite the game title, the main character is neither an angel nor a goddess. She’s a human chosen by the goddess and seems unhappy about her duties. The story revolves about her being drag around the world to fight evil.

Tutorial

Idle angels gives a simple tutorial but with the annoying tap here else you won’t be able to do anything. It then leaves you on your own to discover every single red dot blinking on your screen. Each time you unlock something new, a little tutorial will pop up. Better have something than nothing at all when you compare some games that don’t even bother explaining anything.

How is the gameplay of Idle Angels: Realm of Goddess?

Battle feels a bit of Pokemon except your unit will use the auto attack when your is skill cool down. It’s a turn base mechanics as the enemies will hit you back if you didn’t kill it during your turn. Once you clear the stage, you will move to the next one until you meet the boss. Killing the boss will get you to the next location where you will repeat this process until your team is defeated.

Don’t worry you won’t lose experience or need to wait for your goddess to recover. Instead you will have to upgrade your goddess or leave the game so that you can collect idle resources for upgrade. This is where the idle part of the game kicks in, resources will depend on how much time you have been idle and what stage your currently stuck in the story. You can also do quick claims to obtain 2 hours of idling for free daily.

Upgrade

Updrade in idle angels: Realm of Goddess

Now that you have obtain a bunch of resources, what do you do with them. Well some of them will be used to level your goddess, some for crafting and leveling gear and some would be for later use. Speaking about resources, you have so many different of them. Making it difficult to manage after a while. Even summon scrolls have different rarity, skins also in the same boat, now imagine you add the event currency n top of that.

Summoning

Let’s leave that resources management and let’s go into the summoning section of the game. As hinted previously, summon banner have different rarity. Ranging to R to SSR, they separated each rarity in different banner which is locked behind level. I understand in order to avoid game breaking units to mess up the beginners progression, they decided to locked the best units behind a certain level requirement.

But i think it’s not a good thing to lock the SSR units like this, as many people rerolls to get those units in gacha games. Having to wait 1 or 2 week of progress to reach a chance to pull for them is bad in terms of gacha perspective. Many people leave a game forever after the first day of playing. So losing player so early on because of some lazyness .Banners will give either fragment or the goddess itself. Again due to the lack of lower grade unit, they are using a fragment system to increase the lifespan of their game.

I personally don’t like this method specially when money is involve in it, imagine buying a car and they give you part of other car with it. And you need to pay more in order to have a chance to complete your car. Worst part is they lower the number of fragment obtained depending on the rarity and increase the number of fragment needed to complete SSR units

Ads are everywhere in Idle Angels: Realm of Goddess, fortunately they are either ads of the games or ads that you decide to watch to obtain additional rewards. It’s cool that i can decide to watch ads or skip it today, too many game takes that freedom from you.

Graphic

Up to now, idle angels have not show anything special that would answer our question. Yet they can always redeem themselves on the graphics and illustrations. As for graphic, the is only in 2D, no special animation on skills or units. All that is left are the illustrations, that’s where the game budget went in.

Fanservice

All illustrations in this game has some kind of fanservice, the default skin doesn’t show much. Whereas the skins are stripped version of the characters for some obvious fanservice. The units are in a very suggestive pose which will let your adult imagination understand what they intended to show. Beside that illustrations colourful and fully animated which add even more bouncy effects on certain part of their body.

Idle Angels:Realm of Goddess fanservice

 While most of those skins can be obtained with some patience as f2p. The most sensual skins are hidden behind pay walls, to see more you will have to pay. I think i get an idea how they manage to obtain the fund to continue running Idle Angels: Realm of Goddess. But don’t despair as you can always see the units and skins as an enemy and see the animation.

Monetization

Monetization of idle angels is one of the worst. Not only the game confuse you will a large number of in game currency. Each of them having their own packages with varying prices. But that’s the real issue, the cash shop is too large, you easily get lost track what you came to buy in the first place. This indicates you can easily get tricked into buying the wrong package.

Also this show, how much predatory the game can get. From VIP, multiple pass, limited packages and let’s not forget about events. Event is the twin of the cash shop, they pair so well together that’s impossible to complete any event without it. Even the beginner event is not possible to complete without buying something in the cash shop.

One of the worst cash shop i have ever seen. The shop feels like a bazaar with hidden corners and secret shops that keeps popping the more your account advance. Each selling a different in game currency or resources that some are locked behind account level. Basically you can get tricked into buying something that you cannot use yet. Battle pass over battle pass, VIP, cash only events, cash only skins and the list goes on. This is the definition of being a real noob trap and feels predatory.

Is Idle Angels: Realm of Goddess worth playing?

Overall i think Idle Angels is an ok idle game with some trick up it’s sleeve. It’s a big No, i don’t recommend anyone to play it. Why? Simply because the game lacks a way to show your progression. No evolving units, no awakening that will change your units appearance. Instead they add even more resources for you to farm to add more accessories on your character as a Christmas tree.

Let’s not forget about the dozen of red light that blinks everytime you log into the game. Plus the ads of time limited packages that is forced into your face for the events. Also the dozen of resources to keep track make it difficult to manage. In the end all i see are negative points, sorry for fans but i didn’t enjoy my play through of Idle Angels: Realm of goddess at all.

It’s a big disappointment for me as i expected so much more from this old idle rpg. In the end the only thing keeping this game alive is fan service and an aggressive cash shop. Let me know what you think about Idle Angels: Realm of Goddess in the comments. As usual i will see you in the next game review, thank you for reading.

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People also ask

Yes, the game is totally free and offers the new player a huge amount of freebies including VIP points and free SSR unit. No real paywall in that prevent you from progressing slowly as f2p.

Yes the game is very Pay to Win, a big cash shop including VIP, Battle pass, event pass, paid skins and limited time package. If you want to compete to be number 1 in events and have all the skins, cash shop is the only way.

No, i don’t think so there are many other game with way more fan service and showing much more than Idle angels is showing.

Ultimate Bowmasters Review 2023

Ultimate Bowmasters Review 2023

REVIEW Ultimate Bowmasters First Released Aug 31, 2022 Android, IOS Data Data Overall Rating : Negative Type : Action, Shooter Category : Free to Play Contains Ads : Yes Micro Transaction : Yes Country : Global Content Rating : Teen, Violence, Blood Mode : Single Player Published by: Playgendary Limited Installation Size : 119 MB Full Size : 379 MB 

Fishdom Review 2023: Is it good?

Fishdom Review 2023: Is it good?

REVIEW Fishdom Review 2023 First Released Mars 02, 2016 Android, IOS Data Data Overall Rating : Negative Type : Puzzle, Match 3 Category : Free to Play Contains Ads : No Micro Transaction : Yes Country : Global Content Rating : Everyone Mode : Single Player Published by: Playrix Installation Size : 124 MB Full Size : 521 MB Platform : 4.4 and 

Path to Nowhere Review

Path to Nowhere Review

REVIEW

Path of Nowhere - Sins Arise

First Released Oct 21, 2022

AISNOGames present a solid SRPG with Real-Time Tower Defense that rivals 'Arknights'.

I remember watching the trailer of path to nowhere , with cool beautiful looking characters in 2D illustrations which resembles the anime “Noblesse”. But what really catch my attention was when the eyes glowing a blue light like the vampires in the movie (underworld).

Path to Nowhere Story

Your story starts with a rather unusual wake up from a mysterious women. You seem to have memory problem as the only thing that you remember is only your name. After you write your name, the story goes on a roller coaster. MBCC (Minos bureau of crisis control) is under attack by your savior.

She took your appearance for an obvious reason, as you are the Chief of MBCC. Now she’s freeing every single prisoners including the Sinners. Sinners are dangerous prisoners with special abilities that you will discover during the tutorial. Sinners will be the units and enemies that you will encounter during your game play.

Path to Nowhere Tutorial

After some encounter that you probably can’t lose as it’s part of the tutorial teaching you the basics.  Discover later that you also have powers, the “Shackle“. A power that lets you control the Sinners, an ideal power for the Chief of MBCC. At the end of the tutorial you will be accompanied by 2 Sinners namely Hecate and Hela.

Sinners in Path to Nowhere

The fact that the voice actors does an excellent job to give more depth to those characters and contribute to an interesting story, each Sinner also reflect their class. I love how the game match both personality and class for example Hela is very straight forward and is a melee unit whereas Hecate is distant type and is a range unit.

The end of the Tutorial of Path to Nowhere

Finally this is end of your roller coaster ride, tutorial is over and you now have full control in the game. Of course the first thing everyone would do after collecting all the rewards given freely by the game which includes redeeming your codes to be able to pull(summon) for units. Depending on your luck, you may want Reroll to restart over again with better better units or continue enjoying the game with units given to you.

To be able to go forward in the story, the game will start to ask for a level requirement. By now, you should go clear different dungeons to obtain those resources to upgrade your Sinners. The game will give you a lot of energy(stamina) which you will have the sensation of playing the game endlessly. You will spend stamina on progressing through the chapters and try different units that match your play style.

Path to Nowhere Endgame

I have reach part of the game where in order to progress in the story, grinding of resources is required. By now you should already unlock all the features of the game including Crimebrand. This is where your units will be different from other people as crimebrand have different stats and abilities. Sinners will unlock them on stage 2 and 3, so equip and upgrade those crimebrand as soon as possible.

Crimebrand of Path to Nowhere

If you already cleared a stage before, you can raid it multiple of time which make grinding easy. A very good QOL(Quality of life) that pairs badly a low energy pool and few daily energy supplies. As for the endgame you will need to focus on a team of Sinners of different class if possible, raise them to stage 3, max their level and crimebrand. Follow this advice to avoid losing resources unnecessarily as your account will become stagnant and you will lose a hefty amount of time grinding.

“Later, you no longer obtain energy refill easily from leveling your account as leveling will take more time so say goodbye to unlimited energy unless you refill your energy with your precious hypercubes”

This is where many people will either stick with the game or quit. Managing your resources correctly will let you have powerful units which will let you clear the endgame stages. Fail to manage and your doom having a very slow pace grinding resources for characters for weeks, thus getting bored of the bottleneck of energy that game have.

Should you play Path to Nowhere?

It’s definitely a Yes, I was happy to see that the mechanics similar to “Arknights”, which is why I understand how so many people was associating both games. The game is fun and require some level of strategy if your planning on using units not in the Tier List. But Path of Nowhere has a flaw that I personally don’t like, low energy pool with high energy cost stages. 

Energy system in Path to Nowhere

Ultimately, Path to Nowhere shackle the players to a minimum amount of gameplay per day specially for free players(f2p). Yes the game is a must play but would transition from a main game to a side game later on. The experience was good but I felt detached every single day as playing a game for less than 5 min only to obtain some resources isn’t the definition of fun. As always i thank for reading till the end, i will see you in the next game review.

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Pros

Cons

Curious player corner

Yes the game is very Free to Play(F2P), the game give you access to the whole game and also give enough to progress through the whole game. Although your progress will take more time as you lack energy to grind as cash players.

No it’s not Pay to Win(P2W), as the only advantage as cash player are skins, additional energy and hypercubes.

While there’s no official PC Client of Path to Nowhere, you can however use an emulator such as Bluestacks, Nox and LDPlayer to play the game.

Space Leaper Cocoon Review 2022: How good is the game?

Space Leaper Cocoon Review 2022: How good is the game?

Space Leaper Cocoon is a pixel art Idle RPG game which has unique art and game play. If you like Retro games and Monster Musume you will surely like the waifu in this game. Let’s dive in to find more about this particular idle game.