Let's take a look at Revenge of Dragoon (RoD), out now courtesy of UNION Mobile. Kanemoto-san and Ito-san here at TABROID have been playing this game off and on for a while and wanted to share their opinions on it. Let's listen in:
Ito: I used to play social games a while ago, but I'd end up quitting soon after I started. Social games nowadays are quite a bit different.
Kanemoto: Really? I started playing when I got my smartphone, so I'm not familiar with pre-smartphone games.
Ito: For one thing, the graphics are different.
Kanemoto: Yeah, compared to old feature phone games, the graphics are much better now.
Ito: Yep. What cards do you use? Any favorites?
Kanemoto: Elf Queen Odette!
Ito: Got thing for the lovely ladies, eh?
Kanemoto: Nothing wrong with that! I like elves. I'm trying to collect all the elf characters. Who's your favorite?
Ito: Dragon Monk Batiste, of course!
Kanemoto: A dude?! I guess he's pretty cool.
Ito: Yep, a cool dude. His shoulders are dreamy.
Kanemoto: There're still a lot of cards I haven't seen yet, so I'm interested in seeing what else is out there. I've heard there're 300 cards, each with different illustrations.
Ito: Really? Not just altered colors, reversed pictures, or other reused illustrations? That's impressive.
Kanemoto: They also just released some new cards. There's got to be some new elves I haven't yet laid eyes on...
- Over 300 beautifully illustrated cards
One of the biggest selling points of Revenge of Dragoon is its illustrated cards. The characters on the cards run the gamut from frightening monsters to cute girls and fearless warriors, and every one of the cards is beautifully illustrated.
There are two ways to get cards: from enemies you meet in the story, or through the free/pay-to-play "summons lucky machine." You get two free tries per day with the machine, and you can also get "kizuna" points by interacting with other players.
- Enjoy the story in Quest Mode, use your head in Battle Mode
The main parts of RoD are the Quest Mode and the Battle Mode.
In Quest Mode, you and the warriors that join you follow the story and pick up items along the way.
Your guide changes for each chapter, and each one has their own unique personality. You have a chance to make some of the characters in the story join your group, but your chances vary greatly for each character. If there's a character that you really want in your group, you should pay extra for the Charm Horn.
Battle mode is where you can fight with other players.
Basically, the player with the stronger cards has the advantage. However, due to attributes, specific card skills (special abilities), etc., rare cards don't necessarily make for an automatic win.
I found it a little weird that all the skill names were all music-related, but whatever.
Also, in both Battle and Quest modes, you'll sometimes find treasures when you're playing. When you collect the seven different types of treasures, you get a really strong rare card, so it's good to start collecting these treasures from the beginning.
- Free rare card! "Genius Scientist Sidney"
To all our TABROID readers, you can get a free rare card for "Genius Scientist Sidney."
Genius Scientist Sidney
Skill: She Blinded Me With Science (its effect is a secret!)
Genius scientist with IQ of 300. Reported to be working day and night in a shed on the outskirts of the capital on some kind of research, rumored to be related to a steam engine of some kind. Her trademark item is her huge goggles.
For those who want her card, go to the RoD code entry screen and enter the following serial code:
This serial code doesn't expire. Use it anytime you want!
Time played: 5 days
Device used: GALAXY S II SC-02C
Publisher: UNION Mobile
Last updated: 7/2/2012
Compatibility: Android 2.1 and higher
Translation by Jason Morgan