Mage and Minions – A Review
The Short Review:
Mage and Minions has great graphics, fun playability, and you need to download it.
The Main Review:
I love RPGs. I’ve been known to play an MMO every now and again, but my 1st game of choice will always be a fun RPG. My 1st venture into the PC game world was Zork. Yeah, the place where if you ventured into the dark you would most likely be eaten by a grue.
Fast forward a couple of years and Ultima would be my next non-stop game. Following that was Bard’s Tale. All classics. In the late 80’s I got heavy into the TSR Dungeons and Dragons games, Pool of Radiance, Heroes of the Lance, Curse of the Azure Bonds, and Secret of the Silver Blades just to name a few. There was also the various Dragon Warrior games, oh, and Legend of Zelda!
Getting into the late 90’s we of course had Diablo. Man oh man what a game changer that was…
Okay, enough with the nostalgia, I’m simply trying to establish for you a game style that I really enjoyed playing.
Fast forward to now. 2015. Yeah, I guess I kindav put an age on myself. Oh well, us old guys pioneered what games are today, so if you think I’m an old fogie, just consider that in a few years, you will be where I am.
Oh, I went off on a tangent… Sorry about that, us old guys tend to do that…
Okay, 2015. I got myself a new fangled tablet to goof around with. A Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4” to be exact. This sucker is perhaps among the top of the top as far as tablets go. But now I needed games.
I have a tendency to download games, play em for an hour, then delete them if I don’t like them.
Well.. I grabbed Mage and Minions from the Google Play store (You can also get it from the Apple App Store too).
Let me tell you… This is quite possibly among the best games I’ve tried for this tablet (and I’ve tried a lot!).
It’s a game that is still seeing developments and new updates, which is always a good thing, but I know you guys wanna know the details… so… here you go:
Mage and Minions developed by Making Fun and Snow Globe Games.
It’s a.. hack and slash (sortav) RPG game. You can chose to be either a male for female, and you have two classes to pick from, warrior or mage. Keep in mind that this may change as the game is further developed.
The warrior likes to get up close and personal while the mage tends to hang back and shoot things.
Combat is beyond awesome. When you get an enemy on screen, you simply click them and combat goes into auto mode. What I mean is, once you select a target and begin attacking you will continue to attack the other targets until all in that area are dead (or you die). You can break that combat any time by clicking anywhere else on the screen. You can heal yourself or eat an apple to restore health when in combat too. Yes, there is a cooldown, so if you find yourself in a fairly sticky spot, don’t smack both the apple and the healing potion down at the same time.
When you kill things they usually drop stuff. Gold, apples, healing pots, healing orbs, gems, and gear. Okay, so the REALLY cool part? You don’t have to go through and pick up everything that drops. I mean you can (and to do so you simply walk over the dropped thing and it sweeps into your backpack), but you don’t have to. When you complete the level, don’t jump to click End Level. All your loot will fly to you regardless of where it is on the screen. WE LOVE THIS!
Okay, you also have skills and abilities. These will grow as you upgrade them. For example, the mage has a basic fireball. As you gain gold you can upgrade that fireball, eventually getting it so powerful that it can call down a meteor to smash up your enemies.
To perform certain abilities you draw a specific type gesture onto the screen, for example, I have mine set so that when I draw a V onto the screen it drops a ring of fire on top of my enemies.
You can also recruit some NPCs to help you and for the most part they automatically attack, however they do have one ability that is at your command, the healer, for example, when you draw an O on the screen it will “vortex” the enemies to that location, kindav like shooting fish in a barrel.
There is all kinds of cool gear to find and craft. Yes, I said craft. To craft something you need 3 other pieces of gear. Click a button, pick what gear slot you want to create (like a ring, a weapon, a helm, etc), chose which 3 you no longer want, and click Create. Wait a little bit of time (or use your red gems to speed up the process) and voila! You have new gear!
Like other tablet type games, Mage and Minions is also in the business to make money. Several elements of the game can be upgraded with red gems and gold. Those in turn can be purchased with real world cash. Now, like other games, you do not have to ever spend a dime on this one to get gold and gems. There is a great balance of daily quests and daily rewards just for logging in, in which you can get gems. Hell, even completing levels multiple times will get you gems. Give em some of your hard earned cash if you want to support them. I have. Just know that you don’t have to.
If you get lost on the map and you are unsure of what to do next, you can always follow the Green Arrow. I suggest you go off grid, so to speak, as there are hidden chests all over the place, all full of goodies!
You can also invite Facebook friends in to play and you can get red gems for that as well. By the way.. my code is: BISU SEKU YOSU 3098
Right now there are 2 Acts.
Act 1, The Broken Dragon, takes place across fields, through an orchard, up a mountain, and into a volcano. The main monster to fight at the end is.. well.. a dragon.
Act 2, Far Side of the Moon, takes place.. well… on the far side of the moon. I am currently on Chapter 18, which is only 4 spots in on Act 2, so I am not able to delve into too much detail there.
What I can say is that once you complete Act 2, you can go back into a harder difficulty mode which in turn gives you better gear.
Rumors abound about what comes next. One can assume that Act 2 will be followed by an Act 3 and I’ve heard whispers that the design team is working on a dungeons feature. Who knows where the next adventure will take us, but I for one am gearing up and ready to have fun!
The music is great, the artwork is outstanding, the levels are fun to run though, and the playability simply kicks ass.
This is what I want you to do; there is usually a team of people who develop these games that get very little thanks; do this: Download the game, play it for a bit, then click on your Menu button and on the right click the More… button. A new menu will open, go ahead and click that first one called Credits. Give those guys are good thanks, they have done one hell of a job.
Remember you can download Mage and Minions on the Apple App Store and on the Google Play Store, as well as in the Amazon App Store.
You can also visit their website here: Mage and Minions.
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