A few days ago, right from the dizzying highs of Skyland and into our humble earthbound Android and iPhone mobile devices, skydived a game called Aurora Legend. This is the title which had been present in the gaming media for quite some time thanks to (mainly) extremely positive impressions of players engaged in closed beta. Now, to the universal thrill of all casually oriented gamers, the game had been finally officially released on March 14. And, as a sign of their appreciation, creators of Aurora Legends have decided to treat their audience by introducing their very first major game event aptly named Aurora Feast. Naturally, we won’t spoil your fun by giving you the exact details about it, but let’s just say that Aurora Feast event will make a gourmet cook out of you yet. And if you manage to satisfy Miho’s demanding taste buds, you’ll reap rewards better than that coveted Michelin star.
Of course, the bummer is that at the moment you most likely won’t be able to download it unless you’re resident of US, Australia or Canada. Nevertheless, that shouldn’t bother you too much, since other regions will be included soon enough. Another pretty annoying letdown, as you’ve doubtlessly discovered if you engaged in the beta, is that all of your progress so far had been deleted, so you’ll have to start from the scratch. Apart from that, this title by renowned mobile and browser developer Rastar Games is an extremely enjoyable treat. It will easily woo most casual RPG mobile gamers with its perfect harmony of eye-catching, comic book Anime-styled graphics, addictive, yet casual gameplay, appealing soundtrack and absolutely perfect voice acting done by some of the best and most famous artists in the business.
Now, what’s exactly Aurora Legend? Before you say it’s just another JRPG, Aurora Legend is much more (or less, depending on your viewpoint) than that. In short, Aurora Legend is a colorful jumble of genres, including so-called idle, gacha, hero collecting games, spiced up with elements of multiplayer JRPG. Although to some players this might sound appealing as a hefty swig of castor oil, to those mobile-oriented players who don’t want to spend all their time focused on just one title, this is the perfect formula for a high-quality gaming entertainment that won’t take too much of their time.
As is the case with most JRPGs, Aurora Legend boasts pretty colorful story that involves demons, angels, demonic portals, cataclysmic combats and, of course, a pretty flamboyant cast of heroes which are there to clean up the mess the higher forces left behind them. The game takes place in the once tranquil world called Aurora which had been invaded by demonic forces. Doing what they do best, demons had proficiently enslaved the people of Aurora and pretty much made a muddle out of everything. Thankfully, freedom fighters led by the guardian angel Lucifinil and three seer heroes decided it’s high time to get rid the distressed world from those nasty ill-mannered demons. They finally managed to do so, but the leader of demons Astaroth had one last ace up his sleeve – being outmatched by our heroes and their divine protector, he spitefully decided to self-destruct, destroying also the portal that introduced them into the world. The result was that Aurora was also blown into smithereens. What left was only the broken shards of the Aurora, floating in the air like islands. All that was a long time ago, and, in the meantime, the civilization and its mighty cities had risen again, striving to usher Aurora into the new golden age of peace and tranquility. Unfortunately, there’s always some new threat on the horizon and one or two demons left to be whopped, only this time, it’s your turn to set everything right.
Of course, before the happy end, you’ll do quite a lot of grinding, adventuring, traveling, fighting, leveling, allies collecting and rinsing and repeating. You’ll start the game with just a few basic heroes, collecting more on the way. The screen is divided into two sections. The top part which shows a beautifully drawn map with the locations in the form of dots (that will be your stages), an arrow that points your locations and the route you’ll be following. The lower part basically serves as the combat screen, with your characters and enemies engaging in simple clashes, earning you EXP and everything else you need to level up, awake or promote your characters. The same goes for weapons which can be upgraded thanks to the Runes system, thus making that pathetic blade of yours into a mighty monster-slaying tool.
After a while, when you collect enough intel, you’ll be able to initiate quests and you’ll automatically be transported to the right location. The cool thing about it that there are no restrictions whatsoever and the structure of the quest levels isn’t turn-based, so you’ll basically be able to freely explore surroundings as you’re trying to figure out what’s going on. Of course, to those players which are used to more immersive content, this will inevitably sound deathly boring, but that’s just how idle games work. The world is randomly generated, so you can always expect some new surprise at the corner and when eve that becomes old, you can take up arms and engage in co-op raids.
Since the game is idle, you can stop playing at any moment. When you get bored of our drab mundane world (or between during one of those irritatingly long commercial breaks which make you forget what you’ve been watching in the first place) you can always return for a quick and satisfying Aurora Legend session. Despite the story which we saw in countless of other games and this grinding system which isn’t up to everyone’s liking, Aurora Legend is a skillfully crafted game which will hit all the right buttons if you’ll approach it as an idle game should be approached – casually, carefree and in moderation.