Pocket Legends, an MMORPG for multiple mobile platforms, was recently released for Android devices. It has had many updates in the last month or so, since it was released as a beta, but now it is a “full” release for Android. Have you played it? Surprisingly, from a person who does not like MMORPGs, it can be fun. Keep reading my review of Pocket Legends for Android.
Before I talk about that gameplay, I want to mention everything else first. The graphics are very impressive for a mobile game. The frame rate has always consistently been at least 30 fps without any slow downs. There are decent lighting effects, especially from the various weapons. When graphics are on the “use low texture” setting, or something like that, it is extremely pixelated and ugly looking. On my Droid 2, without that, it looked beautiful.
Sounds are satisfactory. My character, when attacking, makes a loud noise of a sword swinging constantly over and over again, which is extremely irritating and louder than the other sounds in the game. Other than that, the sounds are fine. Don’t really have any complaints about them. There is a nice set of background music that you would expect in an MMORPG.
The menu system is actually pretty easy to use without difficulty. There are different tabs for character/stats, items, store, quests, skills, etc… The menu is easy to navigate. You can even warp to areas where quests occur or back to the towns that you can recover in.
Like all “free” MMORPGs, there is a store where you can purchase, with real money, in game money that you can use to get upgrades like elite weapons, gameplay types (CTF, PVP, etc…) open up new dungeons and new quests/new areas, upgrade your character’s level and more. Real money gets you platinum while in game chores gets you gold. However, gold cannot be used to get platinum (I don’t think) so there is really no opportunity to exchange unless you purchase it. Unfortunately, I don’t ever purchase these so I can’t comment on it but it does its job while effectively limiting higher-level players that do not purchase anything. When you are at the lower levels, its not an issue.
The gameplay is somewhat enticing but somewhat repetitive. Like all MMORPGs, your quests involving going somewhere and doing something like collecting keys or killing a boss. Its a lot of pointing and clicking (or you can use the on screen movement control). You earn various skills as you level up which are useful. When you start a quest/join an area, you are automatically teamed up with whoever is in there fighting the same quest. This allows all EXP, gold and rewards to be shared amongst the party. Pretty nice feature.
In the towns, you can buy, trade, sell, get new quests, turn in quests, talk to and team up with other players, start PVP, play other modes like CTF and more. It’s kind of the do it all center of the game. Completing quests earns money, items and experience (gained on the way). You can also communicate with other players to do things together.
The game is solid on the Android. If you are looking for an MMORPG, then look no further. While limited, it is only limited by the phone, not by the game playing experience. Solid 8/10.