Konami may have made its biggest splash at E3 2013 with details regarding its forthcoming “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain,” but it still had some interesting gems left up its sleeve. Case in point, the four new social/ mobile games the company is getting set to release this summer. The offerings include “Domo Jump,” “MLB Live Challenge,” “Casino League: Texas Hold ‘Em” and “Slot Revolution: Hero’s Journey.” Each of the four games are free-to-play and will offer in-game purchases.
Each game was fun in its own right. “Domo Jump” is a casual game that tests how far you can climb using a series of platforms, and “Casino League” lets you play cards against online opponents. The two games that stood out for us, however, were “Slot Revolution” and “MLB Live Challenge.” “Slot Revolution” caught our attention because of the way it tries to cater to both casual gamers and fantasy role-playing fans. The RPG portion of the game sees users choose a player class, whether that be warrior, wizard or ranger.
You then have the ability to outfit your character with different weapons and armor. Armor and weapon sets have their own special stats that can help improve your attack and defensive abilities. Once your character is set, you can choose to join up to two different players in the game world using asynchronous game play. You move through the game by entering dungeons, each of which require 10 pulls of the slot handle.
As you spin the slot, you come across random monsters and battle them using a special combat slot machine that features different attacks, bonuses, and damage points, all of which can hit you at random. It’s all rather simplistic on the surface, but when you factor in the different character stats from your armor and weapons, it starts to become more complex, and looks to be a game players could sink quite a few hours into.
On the other end of the spectrum is Konami’s “MLB Live Challenge.” The game, which will be available for iOS and Facebook, is essentially an online fantasy baseball simulator. Players select their team using trading cards to represent their favorite players. Each game is a simulate nine-inning affair and includes a turning point feature that lets you become the batter for your team. As the batter, you pull a slot machine-style slider across the bottom of the screen for a chance to win the game for your team with a home run or lose it by getting the final out.
That’s not all, though. Because “MLB Live Challenge” is connected to the Internet, it collects stats on all of the MLB players represented in the game every 24 hours. So if a player has a good day at the plate, their batting stats will improve in the game. Likewise, if your pitcher is getting shelled each time he’s up in the rotation, you may want to consider dropping him, as he’ll be more likely to lose games for you.
Overall, both games are intriguing entries into the mobile gaming space, and should help drain many players’ batteries when they finally hit the market later this summer.