Check out my review of the game here: Tales of Illyria review
I don’t exactly hold mobile games in high regard; the me-too design that so many adhere to stifles creativity and turns everything into a mess of micro-transactions and arcade gameplay lacking in depth. That being said, I was looking through the “paid apps” section on Amazon a few months back, trying to find something like Fire Emblem for my strategy-RPG October that I miraculously managed to survive. While I didn’t find any Android games that stood out in that particular genre, I stumbled across Tales of Illyria.
Something about the mixture of Oregon Trail and a choose-your-own-adventure novel piqued my interest enough for me to shell out five bucks for it, and looking back, I can honestly say that it was the best five dollars I’ve ever spent in an app store. The game’s not only like Oregon Trail (minus the tedium), but it’s also incredibly reminiscent of King of Dragon Pass and older Final Fantasy games. Long story short, this is one of the best mobile games I’ve ever played.