A genre that is represented in healthy numbers on Google Play and Apple’s App Store is the role-playing game, specifically those inspired by anime or manga or just Japanese RPGs in general. One such game is King’s Raid, the 2016 downloadable side-scrolling RPG developed and published by Vespa, an indie video game developer based in South Korea.
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King’s Raid Review
Initially published in tandem with Thailand-based company GloHow, Vespa bought back the rights for King’s Raid in 2017. Currently, the game supports English language and Korean users with voice acting but has text support for Japanese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese.
Gameplay mechanics borrow heavily from other titles in the mobile space, including Final Fantasy Brave Exvius.
The main import from those titles is the gacha system for obtaining new characters.
Dubbed a character collection SRPG (simulation RPG), King’s Raid uses a gacha system to randomly give players new avatars to add to their rosters.
For players that are unfamiliar with the gacha system, it is basically a game of chance in which a player has a shot at getting a certain character in the game.
Characters are often separated by rarity with the corresponding difficulty in obtaining that player via the gacha system matching that character’s rarity.
FFBE uses a similar system, as do many games in the mobile space, and the mechanic actually has roots in the real world though it is ubiquitous in mobile RPGs.
In Japan, gacha games are similar games of chance in which a person gives a machine money in exchange for a gacha ball filled with some kind of prize or token.
So what do players do with their characters once they’ve collected them in King’s Raid?
There are player versus player battles or raids for players to engage in as well as various customization and leveling options for the collected characters.
Being an RPG, there is also a story for players to follow and complete as well. Again, this game is very similar to Square Enix’s Final Fantasy Brave Exvius and veterans of that title will find many familiar concepts in King’s Raid.
Characters are divided into classes, including knights, warriors, assassins, archers, mechanics, wizards, and priests, with each having the option of using a physical or magical attack.
Parties consist of four heroes per party and even have strategic placement options available for the player to choose from. These placements include front-line players, middle line, and backline characters.
Typical of the genre, King’s Raid is draped in lush graphics and sparkles with vibrant colors. In addition to this, the music is epic and sweeping while the voice acting is “take it or leave it” at best.
Players who are fans of the genre or who are looking for a good time sink will love King's Raid. It is a grindfest and you will play the equivalent of RPG slots to get good characters, but the underlying mechanics are solid gold.
- Beautiful game with well-executed gameplay throughout
- Multiple options for the player to choose from in the game
- Easy to understand combat that gets more difficult as players level
- A true grind
- Gacha system will rip you off sometimes
- Heavy on the JRPG inspirations but light on the depth of their stories