Tales of Illyria: Beyond the Iron Wall Review

Several months ago, I stumbled onto Tales of Illyria while looking for something sRPG-ish on the Android platform. While it’s more of a choose-your-own-adventure/RPG/Oregon Trail hybrid, I was nevertheless hooked, so I couldn’t help but be extremely excited when the sequel was announced. Amazon’s app store evidently updates slower that Google Play’s store, however, and I checked for Beyond the Iron Wall’s release there every day for almost a month to no avail. Just when I was starting to feel ridiculous for holding out hope, it finally appeared, and I wound up snatching it up for even less than the 7-dollar price I was expecting. Despite being a bit rough around the edges (as newer releases tend to be; I played the original Illyria some time after its release, so a lot of the bugginess had been fixed by then), it proved to be every bit as enjoyable as I had hoped, and that’s saying a lot after a month of built-up expectations. Read more →

Heroes of Kalevala Review

Casual games aren’t usually my thing (I’ll never understand the allure of hidden object games), but I’ll admit to enjoying a few match-3 games in my time. In fact, I’ve lost entire weeks of my life solely to Birzzle, which is an incredibly addictive and fun game. Heroes of Kalevala, on the other hand, starts off fairly promising, but is eventually so desperate to throw in unnecessary gimmicks that it completely undermines any potential fun that it could have offered. Read more →

Tales of Illyria Review

It’s not unfair to look at Android and iOS games as though they’re beneath “ordinary” gaming, especially with simplistic, cartoonish wastes of time designed to milk you out of your money through micro-transactions making up so much of the market. Every so often, however, a game comes along that forces you to think better of mobile gaming as a whole. For iOS, that game would definitely be Chaos Rings 2. For Android, I’d have to give that honor to the surprisingly incredible, micro-transaction-free Tales of Illyria. Read more →

Chaos Rings 2 Review

There’s a seven-month gap between when I bought Chaos Rings 2 and when I actually started to play it. Part of that has to do with it being an sequel unrelated to the previous stories; the original Chaos Rings and Chaos Rings Omega were both such great games that it was hard to imagine another iOS game—even one made by the same developers—meeting that same standard of greatness with a new world. Still, I eventually worked up the courage to dive in, hoping all the while that the game wouldn’t end up being too much of a disappointment. Read more →

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