Sometimes it’s simply hard to believe that games for mobile devices can really look great even in gameplay. That’s the same as disbelief that some new games for PC look like they were made in the previous century (not gonna pull names here, tho, I’m just sayin’).
However, Age of Magic by Playkot is among those games that seduce you with their looks, first with the trailer and then with in-game graphics.
Age of Magic is a turn-based RPG with beat ‘em up elements released for Android and iOS from the developers that created Titans, a game with almost 3 million players around the world. The game is set in the mythical world where True Mages fight in epic battles to save it. Demons of the Legion are attacking the ruined world and devouring its light. But there is an ancient Dragon Prophecy that foresees a chosen one will rise from the rank of True Mages and enter the Dark Tower, thus choosing the future of the whole universe.
The Campaign story seems to be somewhat inspired by the Robert Browning’s poem Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came which was written in 1855, although the reference to Stephen King’s Dark Tower series would be more familiar for the players. In the game, Roland the True Mage is on the quest to enter the Dark Tower, just like a knight in the poem or a gunslinger in the novels. During the Campaign, you will go on the quests and fight kobolds and monsters by using the chosen characters from a variety of heroes.
You will also find various weapons and equipment, the latter being really important since it will increase your power level. Make sure to combine different artifacts in order to gain more strength, however, to gain all these items, it’s best that you do EVERYTHING to get them. That means doing every quest and turning every rock. This will also bring you enough gold to spend in the store and upgrade your heroes, which is imperative that you do if you want to level up.
When it comes to combat, there is a nice cinematic before each one starts with opponents facing each other on the field. Then the dialogue boxes appear and you get a better picture about who you are about to fight. I found this really empowering especially when I was about to fight someone who is bigger and more menacing than my heroes.
Speaking about heroes, there are more than 50 of them which is really a lot, especially when you have to choose the ones you will fight with. My advice is to stick to the same 8 since it will help you to level up more easily and you can concentrate your resources solely on them, and not waste it around on too many characters.
And that’s the thing about resources – don’t spend it if you don’t have to since the savings can turn out to be really important later in the game. Have in mind that this is a free-to-play game and you will have to be patient as well as work much harder than the players who pay for their upgrades.
Now, another thing that will help you level up is joining a clan in which case you will have access to the clan shop. That way you will be able to get rare shards and equipment for your heroes but in order to use these perks, you will have to participate in clan activities like daily quests.
Additionally, try playing in all available modes since it will help you get more resources and give you more experience with the game which is really important for novice players. The modes will unlock as you progress in the game so just be patient and don’t rush things, especially if you didn’t plan to pay real money.
Each week you can participate in the 24-hour Tournament and challenge other players in the PvP Arena which are also ways to earn for impressive rewards. There is a star reward system and it’s connected to the heroes you lose. Meaning, one hero – one star less. It’s pretty simple and you can easily keep track of your stars by simply paying attention to the number of heroes you lost. I have to say that this was quite a motivator for me to try harder not to lose any.
In the end, Age of Magic was a solid RPG which has all the good features of the genre. Although the game lacks originality, it compensates for that with amazing graphics which many other RPG mobile games tend to lack. And above all, it is fun and progresses gradually which really allows you to enjoy it, as well as for new players to get the hang of things.