Mini Life: Social Avatar World is another attempt to bring the sim genre to mobile phones and there is something the social aspect brings to the table that definitely improves the whole experience. Now, usually these games have their own audience and all follow general guidelines in terms of gameplay design. However, every once in a while developers attempt a new thing and give a different take on what was previously done in the genre, and this is such an attempt.
Development and reception
Mini Life release date was in November, 2018, and the game was developed and published by KRAFTON, inc. This game is the company’s only entry in English speaking stores, with the exception of a game called Mistover on Android. On the iTunes App Store, Mini Life: Social Avatar World iOS is #24 in Role-Playing and it has a 4.2-star score.
Like similar sims, the name of the game is social interaction and “dwelling development”. Thus this title offers a familiar gameplay atmosphere like the famous Sims franchise and other games. However, it does take much from the social interaction and its availability on mobile, so it splits its focus between developing your home and character, interacting with people and organizing events. As far as the setting, you live in a modern-day city, whose inhabitants party, delve in fashion, and party some more.
Mini Life offers an avatar-based social experience, which is definitely the game’s strong suit. You naturally personalize your avatar and dwelling, and through a dynamic chat feature, you can connect with people playing the game. They can already be your friends who are also playing the game, or you can make new friends through the game’s immersive feature. The player will be presented with the list of avatars from players who live in the vicinity of the virtual world, thus getting the chance of making friends with neighbors from all over the world.
Other gameplay stuff includes designing and building up your home, with a familiar interface through which you purchase stuff needed for your home and gain experience points for decorating. You earn money through various events and quests in the game.
Graphics and appearance
The gameplay of this kind wouldn’t be possible if it didn’t feature at least decent graphics, and this game surely looks nice. The modeling is done in a familiar glossy smooth style, but with characters not moving much, just a tiny bit like in a motion comic. This is, however, a welcomed feature for when too many players are participating in an event together, you can get game lag so performance is the goal.
Mini Life: Social Avatar World is a PEGI 3 game, which says a lot about its nature. It is a light and fun experience, which allows players of all ages to spend quality time with their friends online. The game’s social factor certainly allows for some cool and funny moments, and given the fact that it’s a free game that features an intricate social feature, it’s no surprise it is so popular.