Another year, another bulk of mobile game to rate. Last year I wrote a blog titled “Top 5 Most Friendliest F2P Gacha Game In 2017”, so it’s only natural that I’d do one for 2018. There’s a lot of mobile games this year, especially gacha games, but for me I tend to play only mobiles games that reward you for your time, not your wallet. Now there’s nothing wrong in putting some money in a mobile game, especially if you enjoy the heck outta it and want to show your support towards the devs who made the game, but for me, if I have to spend money to enjoy a mobile then it’s no fun for me.
Now this list is my own personal opinion of gacha games I feel have done a great job in providing a level of fun and entertainment without leaving you with a feeling like you’re missing out if you don’t spend some dollars.
Before we get started, let me give you a brief explanation on what a gacha game actually is. The term gacha, is a monetization model for video games. In the model, the game displays multiple items for players to randomly draw for a price, similar to the Gashapon (or “gacha”) vending machine. So yeah, that’s pretty much it. Now that you know what it is, let’s get right into the list.
Honorable Mention: Fate/Grand Order
Fate/Grand Order is an online free-to-play role-playing mobile game based on the Fate/stay night visual novel and franchise by Type-Moon, developed by Delightworks and published by Aniplex, a subsidiary Sony Music Entertainment Japan. Fate/Grand Order is a turn-based tactical RPG. The player takes the role of “Master” and commands a group of individuals called “Servants,” who are typically historical, literary, and mythological figures from various cultures. The player commands a party composed of up to 6 Servants in each battle, 3 active members and 3 reserve members. I wanted to mention this game because outside from the fact that this game STILL HASN’T MADE IT TO EUROPE, it does sport a pretty fun gameplay. However, more importantly, the units in the game all look super dope and makes the summoning experience that much fun, especially if you’re a fan of the series.
OK, now lets get to the actual list:
5. Honkai Impact 3rd
Honkai Impact, fast-paced Action-RPG with vibrant Anime style graphics, smooth control and gameplay. Now, I know what you’re thinking. This ain’t your traditional gacha game. However, I felt like I had to at least mention this game as it sports one of the most amazing graphics this year. The gameplay is intuitive and fun and the character model sare extremely detailed for a mobile game. Not to mention that there’s a really interesting story mode that’s worth following. It’s definitely worth checking out.
4. Sonic Forces: Speed Battle
Sonic Forces: Speed Battle is a 2017 online battle-racing game. It was developed by Sega Europe and Hardlight for the Android and iOS mobile devices to promote the then-upcoming Sonic Forces at the time. The gameplay of Sonic Forces: Speed Battle is very similar to that of Sonic Dash and Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom, with a competition element from Sonic Rivals added to it. Sonic Forces: Speed Battle is a basic runner where players choose a character and race against each other online in real-time. It’s really fun and a great way to kill some time en route to your destination. Unlocking characters isn’t too hard and personally, I never felt like I had to spend money to compete in a race so that’s a plus for me. The controls are great and most of the time, if I lost in a race, it’s because I made the wrong move.
3. Fire Emblem Heroes
Fire Emblem Heroes is a free-to-play tactical role-playing game developed by Intelligent Systems and Nintendo for iOS and Android devices. The game is a mobile spin-off of the Fire Emblem series featuring its characters. For me, what I liked about this game is the great story and gameplay aspect. I’ve never personally played any of the Fire Emblem games before this but I can still appreciate learning the simplified strategy gameplay that the game has to offer. That and summoning the units in this game is rather fair from my experience.
2. Dragon Ball Legends
Dragon Ball Legends is a game that requires players to assemble teams of fighters in the form of ‘Z-Power’. When I first played the game, it din’t offer much for me to stick around for too long but after countless updates and refining on how you earn Chrono crystals to summon units, it honestly became a really great game. It has a multiplayer aspect and an interesting story that ties it all together. It’s a must for any Dragon Ball fans out there.
1. Dragalia Lost
Dragalia Lost is an action role-playing game developed and published by Nintendo, in collaboration with Cygames, for Android and iOS. It’s honestly the most addictive mobile game of this year and for good reasons. It has story that takes place in Alberia, the kingdom where dragons live. All royal members in Alberia have the Dragon Transformation ability, that lets you wield a dragon’s power by forming a pact with a dragon to borrow their form in battle. It’s an action role-playing game with a ton of customization and crafting options, great music and a really compelling multiplayer component. Best of all, almost everything that you do in the game earns you Wyrmites, the currency in the game that allows you to summon dragons, warriors and other important items to help you on your quest. It’s definitely worth checking out.
So there you have it, my list of the top five gacha mobile game I’ve personally enjoyed. Do you agree with the list? Do you disagree? Let me know your list of gacha games you feel is friendly to players in the comments below.