Interested to see your review of Pirates Outlaws. For me, it’s easily the best Slay the Spire-ish game on iOS. I’ve tried MANY of the clones and near-clones (including the recent Card Crusade), but they’ve almost always disappointed or been too much of an exact clone to want to support. Pirates Outlaws is similar but different enough to StS to appreciate, looks and works great on my phone, and is challenging enough to keep me interested.
I like how ammo-energy isn’t a given, and becomes a resource you have to manage with cards, and how traveling itself requires action points that you need to maintain. Cards/effects are comparable to StS, but not identical, and have some original ideas. One quibble is that on the card reward screens, you aren’t able to opt to NOT take a card, which isn’t always ideal.
But the design is tight, and I like that the developers seemed to think, okay, clearly people want StS on their phones, but how can we do that in a way that feels fresh and incorporates some new angles? In that sense, they succeeded very well here.
But... and it’s a big but... the way the prestige (or whatever it’s called) system works is AWFUL. There are other characters you will want to get, and two other adventures, and there are two things you need in order to unlock them; gold and prestige. You could grind for them... for an insanely long time. Or, okay, you can pay for gold. Sure, I dig the game, so I’ll support you with a few bucks to get some gold and unlock the other stuff. But wait... gold isn’t enough. There are still prestige points needed to unlock everything. And you can’t pay for prestige. The first unlock is at 500 prestige. I’ve played this game a ton the past few days and haven’t even reached that much yet, and I even bought the thing that gives you 2x prestige. So once I hit 500 and spend that on a new character or adventure, I’ll be back at 0 prestige and need to start all over to get something else?? Oy. I like this game a lot, but not that much. I’m already starting to become weary of playing it, and what would probably solve or help that is to be able to play with other characters and adventures. But instead of letting me just buy it all straight up, it’s making me nickel and dime for stuff, and making the path for getting new content extremely tedious.
So big boo on that. I’m about to say screw it, delete the game, and wait patiently for StS to arrive on Switch.
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on Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:29 pm, edited 1 time in total.