When I think of RPG’s I think of 100 hour games. Castles, goblins and pages of text to read. By my own admission that is a horribly uneducated summarisation of the RPG genre. For whatever reason though, I’ve just never been drawn to those games. But when the talk of Pocket RPG came around, I was intrigued. I had visions of a bite sized RPG adventure which for someone of my lack of experience in the area sounded perfect. Could this be the game to draw me in?
Pocket RPG was originally released in 2011 for iOS and this is essentially a straight port (a good one too). You have a choice of one of three characters (Dark Ranger, Battle Mage or Blade Master), all of which boast different abilities. Then it’s time to embark on your quest of hacking away at enemies, grabbing cold hard cash, speaking to others and levelling up. For my playthrough, I chose the Blade Master. The Blade Master is all about getting up, close and personal. The longer he stays in combat, the greater his rage, resulting in a stronger, faster character who can unlock more special moves. During your rage make sure you smash nearby crates and barrels for extra loot. You want to be prepared because every level accumulates with a boss fight. Not a huge boss fight, but a boss fight all the same. But before you reach the peak of the mountain, you sure as hell have some climbing to do. There are an insane amount of enemies to hack and slash your way through, but although the combat is fairly simplistic, it’s undeniably fun. Don’t forget your upgrades amongst all the madness though. You can upgrade your character with your earnings, awesome. But wait, dun dun dun!
Your unexpected twist is the fact that you lose everything you’ve collected by the next level. It’s a slightly cruel but necessary way of progressing. If you could keep everything constantly, you’d breeze through the campaign. As it stands, the campaign will take you around 4 hours to complete. But you didn’t think you’d be done with an RPG in 4 hours did you? As you’re paying more than the iOS version, one of the extras you get is a fine trophy list. To grab the 100%, you’re going to need to complete the campaign at least 3 times. So if you’re looking for an RPG, and don’t have a spare 100 hours, this is the game for you.
I’m not sure if Pocket RPG has completely won me over with regards to RPG’s, but it is certainly enjoyable and is perfect for people like me who have an interest in the genre and want to simply dive in and out in short cycles. Definitely worth a look if you have enough cash in your pockets.
Punk rating: 7/10