4 Quick tl;dr iOS Game Reviews / Recommendations (Episode 39) : iosgaming


Happy Blizzcon Friday (maybe we’ll get some news on Diablo Mobile?). As always, Friday means I’m back with my weekly 4 recommendations based on the mobile games I have played this week πŸ™‚

This week, I played a dungeon-crawling RPG purely based user-generated dungeons, an awesome high-quality fighting game with over 200 characters to play as, a fishing RPG with a rhythm-like combat system, and a tank battle royale io game.

Disagree with my opinion? Let’s have a friendly discussion below.

New to these posts? Check out the first one from 39 weeks ago here.

The games are “ranked” somewhat subjectively from best to worst, so take the ranking for what it is.

Here be the games:

MONOLISK [Game Size: 135 MB] (free)

Genre: RPG / Dungeon-crawler / Card-collecting – Requires Online Access

Orientation: Landscape

Required Attention: Full

tl;dr review:

MONOLISK is a unique mix of aRPG combat, card collecting, and dungeon building, and is based 100% on player-created dungeons.

The art-style is pleasing, the soundtrack great, and the many user-created dungeons keeps the game fresh.

Progression, which includes unlocking equipment for the game’s different characters (all of which are unlocked from the start) as well as elements and creatures to use when creating dungeons , is very slow. Unless you pay to speed things up, of course, through in-app purchases.

The game is an enjoyable experience, but might grow stale unless you truly enjoy the dungeon creation process or exploring the endless dungeons πŸ™‚

App Store: Here

First Impressions / Review: Here


The King of Fighters ALLSTAR [Game Size: 2.11 GB] (free)

Genre: Fighting / Brawler / Action / Fast-paced – Requires Online Access

Orientation: Landscape

Required Attention: Full (unless using auto, which is not recommended)

tl;dr review:

The King of Fighters ALLSTAR is a new high-quality brawler fighting game with silky-smooth fast-paced combat, 200+ characters, and a ton of both singleplayer and multiplayer gameplay content.

We take 3 fighters with us into any battle and can switch between them at any time to utilize type-advantages, which is especially important for boss battles.

The game monetizes through a light energy system and a gacha unlocking system for fighters, which means paying users can progress faster, which inevitably makes the PvP slightly unfair. Fortunately, it does take actual skill to win PvP since it’s real-time, and so having the best fighter and gear isn’t everything.

Still the best fighting game I’ve played on mobile this year!

App Store: Here

First Impressions / Review: Here


FishIsland: Fishing Paradise [Total Game Size: 1.09 GB] (free)

Genre: Fishing / RPG / Sports – Requires Online Access

Orientation: Landscape

Required Attention: Full

tl;dr review:

FishIsland: Fishing Paradise is an RPG fishing game mixed with rhythm-like “combat” where we have to tap the screen at just the right time to defeat the fish we’re trying to catch.

The graphics look great, and the gameplay is fun, and there’s plenty of both PvE and PvP content to dive into (no pun intended).

The game does allow you to pay to progress faster, and there’s also a gacha unlocking system. But none of it is necessary to enjoy the game as a free casual player.

App Store: Here

First Impressions / Review: Here


PvPets [Total Game Size: 238 MB] (free)

Genre: Battle Royale / .io / Shooter / Action / Top-down – Requires Online Access

Orientation: Landscape

Required Attention: Full

tl;dr review:

PvPets is a tank battle-royale game that plays like a mix between Battlelands Royale and an “.io”-game, which means we slowly grow stronger and more powerful the more power-ups we pickup throughout each match.

The core gameplay is fun and simple, with each tank having a normal attack and a special attack, for which we pick-up bullets scattered throughout the ever-shrinking map.

The monetization sadly means that certain tanks can only be acquired through premium currency, which makes the game very pay-to-win in the late-game.

App Store: Here

First Impressions / Review: Here


Google Sheet of all games I’ve played so far (searchable and filter-able): https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bf0OxtVxrboZqyEh01AxJYUUqHm8tEfh-Lx-SugcrzY/edit?usp=sharing

TL;DR Video Summary (with gameplay) of last week’s 4 games: https://youtu.be/ztmnL9KcISI


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