First Impressions: Hogwarts Mystery

Double Jump Kris MiiI always adored the Harry Potter series growing up — they were a stable of my childhood. Even now, I enjoy rereading a book or two of the series every so often. When Pottermore came out, I was excited to take the quizzes detailing my Hogwarts house and wand, as well as my patronus and Ilvermorny House when they became a thing as well. With the app game Hogwarts Mystery finally released a couple of days ago, I got the chance to start it up and try it out.

 

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I don’t play too many app games. I’m one of those few people who don’t have a tablet so, if I wanted to play app or mobile games, I’m stuck using my phone. Don’t get me wrong, my phone is nice and I don’t have too many mobile games that I’m interested in playing, but it can still be a little annoying on the smaller screen. I have Fire Emblem Heroes and, now, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery on my device.

The idea of becoming a Hogwarts student was always a fun fantasy for me as a lover of the books and the world that J.K. Rowling had cooked up. I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical about how Hogwarts Mystery would be able to pull it off, but I’m enjoying it so far.

You start the game with a little introduction that is narrated by the great Maggie Smith herself, reprising the role of Professor McGonagall. After a brief moment of customizing your character (seriously, there’s not much customization unlocked) your character is meeting a new friend in Diagon Alley, where you obtain your books and wand in a tutorial of the few controls before heading to Hogwarts and choosing your house.

The simple controls include tapping and swiping a finger across the screen. That’s really it. The tasks are generally using energy by tapping on objects, such as books to “read through” or your broom to “summon.” When learning spells or brewing potions, you may have to swipe your finger in a small shape, usually a spiral or arch of some sort, in order to perfect the spell or potion.

The story itself is okay so far. I’m not too deep into it, but apparently your character’s brother had gotten expelled and disappeared at some point before you were accepted into Hogwarts. Therefore, you already have a besmirched reputation, thanks to whatever your brother had done. Your personality is based on three attributes — courage, empathy, and knowledge — that will supposedly affect your relationships with other characters in the game. These attributes may give you different response choices with speaking with characters and, depending on which choices you choose, may or may not help better your family name in the school.

I presume, going deeper into the game, that the Hogwarts Mystery is all about what happened with your brother. I’m already interested in the writing, and I’m impressed with the graphics of the game even on my phone screen, so we shall see how everything works out.

Being a mobile game, it’s “free to play,” but there are of course in-app purchases, where you can use real money to buy game currency, gems for longer story missions, and pieces of energy to keep the game moving. The currency and gems also unlock more clothing items to customize your characters. The customization is something I’m disappointed in — you gain levels as you go about the story, and certain clothing options are “unlocked” at certain levels, but many you still need to spend currency or gems on to actually wear them.

Other than that, I’m amused at the game so far, able to play it in a few minute intervals before losing all my energy and needing to wait for that to replenish. As long as the story is intriguing, I’ll probably keep the game around for a while.

Did you download Hogwarts Mystery? How are you enjoying the game?

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Another Mobile Game: Mario Kart Tour

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I was scrolling through the news and something interesting caught my eye. Nintendo has been working hard getting games on our smartphones and here’s the next big one.

 

Mario Kart Tour is going to be the next mobile app game. It’s going to be free to start and release in Fiscal Year 2018. That’s all we know so far.

I’ve added my two cents with the mobile games before, but I guess I’ll explain it again.

I don’t know how I feel about the mobile games.

I tried a few of them, but in the end, I wanted my handheld or home console. I didn’t get into Mario Run, Miitomo, or even Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.

I want a brand new mainstream Animal Crossing game. Pocket Camp is cool and they did a great job with it, but I can’t sit there and play for hours.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was a great game and it’s amazing on the Switch. I still want a brand new Mario Kart game. I want more. I don’t know how I feel about Mario Kart being on mobile. It’s certainly not going to play the same. If they’re working on that, are they even thinking about a Mario Kart 9?

Mario Kart Tour is definitely something I’ll download and give a shot, but I’m not super excited about it.

What are your thoughts on Mario Kart Tour? Are you excited or don’t care too much about it? Let me know in the comments! 

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Animal Crossing: Town Planner

Happy Thursday!

I’ll admit, I’ve barely played Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. The mobile game has been doing really well, but apparently, the game isn’t what it originally started as.

According to My Nintendo News, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp was originally titled Animal Crossing: Town Planner.

It was nothing like what the game is now. It was what the old title suggests.

Town Planner was going to be a game where you mainly clicked menu options. There was no avatar to move around or such. You were going to have a plot of land and build a town.

Characters aside, it sounds as though it was similar to Happy Home Designer, except your focus was the whole town and not individual houses.

This is supposedly why the mobile game was delayed so long. Other than building a town and visiting towns of others, there wasn’t much to do. Nintendo felt the game was too bare bones and didn’t think it would sell well. So they redid the game completely.

Thus, now we have Pocket Camp.

I do wonder what the game would be like if they kept it as Town Planner though. Pocket Camp seems close to being more like the main game and I would prefer that on a handheld. Town Planner sounds as though it would be like The Sims where you build houses and buildings on bare lots, which is my favorite part of The Sims.

Yes, there is Happy Home Designer, and it sounds like Town Planner didn’t have much as far as “gameplay” goes, but I would definitely be interested in trying it out.

Nintendo has a way of making things better than they seem and I’m curious what their original goals were.

What are your thoughts on this? How are you enjoying Pocket Camp? Let me know in the comments below!

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

While Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are still our go-to games to play at this time, we’re always keeping an eye out for something new, and Niantic seems to be working on their next project….

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Pokemon GO, developed by Niantic, was revolutionary when it first came out — if it worked for you. Our accounts were a little fickle, probably due to the fact that there weren’t too many others (like, no one) around where we lived that also played the game. Wild Pokemon seemed to spawn in proportion to how many people around were playing.

While Pokemon GO didn’t last too long on our phones, the idea of it was awesome. I remember the feel-good stories from last summer of people coming together to catch Pokemon, battle at the gyms, and just meeting fellow Pokemon fans. The game still seems to be doing well, despite some mixed reviews when it was first released, with the updates for Gen II and III Pokemon as well as Legendaries and raids.

Now Niantic’s next mobile AR project is Harry Potter. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will allow players to learn spells, explore their surroundings for wizard secrets and beasts to battle and protect, as well as team up with other players, of course. As someone who grew up reading the Harry Potter series and loving every minute of it, I’m definitely interested in this idea for a mobile game!

Honestly, I would love a proper, open-world RPG Harry Potter-inspired game on modern hardware (perhaps even VR?), but it’ll be interesting to see how a Harry Potter AR game will turn out. There weren’t any date or hints as to when the game could come out, but it’s something to keep an eye out for.

Are you interested in a Harry Potter AR game? What other franchises would you be interested in seeing in AR?

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Mobile Madness

Nintendo Mobile Games

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There’s been so much hype about the Nintendo Switch, Breath of the Wild, and up and coming games. Switch aside, Nintendo has been working on other projects. Specifically, on-the-go games for our cell phones. And there’s a lot now: Miitomo, Fire Emblem Heroes, Super Mario Run, Pokemon Duel… They’re talking about an Animal Crossing game and now, they’re talking a Legend of Zelda app.

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I personally play Fire Emblem Heroes all the time. With Fire Emblem being one of my favorite franchises, being able to play a quick round of the game during the slower times of my day. A Legend of Zelda mobile game sounds intriguing, but I am curious as to how the app will run. Zelda games can be rather epic, so who knows how much data or how story-heavy the mobile game will be. Rachel, I’m sure you’re excited for Animal Crossing later this year, right?

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I too am intrigued by the Zelda app. I’m curious to see what they’ll do with it. I am excited for the Animal Crossing, but again, I’m curious about how they’ll go about it. I never imagined big Nintendo games would ever be on mobile. I have a few of the games downloaded on my iPad, but I haven’t been playing them as much as I would like to. Now that these other games are coming out, I want to give them a good try.

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Honestly, I was thinking of investing in an iPad if only for the mobile games. I like the idea of having Nintendo games with me wherever I go, but I don’t want my phone to carry the brunt of them, both for our data’s and the battery’s sake. To me, I think Animal Crossing may be more mobile ready, if you will, with the real-time aspect and the casual atmosphere. Zelda is more of an adventure franchise, so I’m not sure how they’ll pull that off. Unless they do something similar to Super Mario Run and focus on one of Link’s skills, like a target game with his bow and arrows.

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I think you should get an iPad anyway… It helps a lot with work like blogging. Still, I know what you mean. I don’t download any games on my phone due to the battery and data. Animal Crossing will most likely work well on the mobile, but Zelda, like you said, may be hard. They already have Link’s Crossbow Training for the Wii, though.

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I know they have the Crossbow Training, but a tapping game to take out enemies and targets for a high score, perhaps against others on a leader board, would be a simple premise for a Zelda mobile game. Considering how large the fanbase is for the Zelda games, it may do well just for having Link’s and Zelda’s faces on the game.

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That wouldn’t be a bad idea. It would definitely be a nice starting point for people who don’t typically play Zelda or people who just want to give it a try. Still, I’m looking forward to it coming out. I can’t wait to give it a try.

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First Look: Fire Emblem Heroes

Double Jump Kris MiiAnother Monday, another week… What kinds of games are you playing this week to help get through the days?

Perhaps a new mobile game…?

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This past Thursday, Nintendo released a new mobile game, Fire Emblem Heroes. Much like Pokemon Go and Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes proves to be a popular hit. While I played Pokemon Go for a few months before forgetting about it and ultimately uninstalling the game from my phone, and then not having the correct OS for Super Mario Run, I was a little skeptical for Heroes.

Fire Emblem is one of my absolute favorite franchises, and I prefer them on the handheld consoles. Home consoles are fine as well, but there’s a certain charm in having the Fire Emblem franchise being portable, allowing you to best an enemy army on the go. Having a mobile game just makes it easier to bring the franchise with you.

While I’m not far along at all in the Fire Emblem Heroes story, I am pleased by game. The graphics are smooth and the little chibi characters on the battle screens are adorable. The artwork in general is pleasing to the eye, and the music is enjoyable.

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My little team so far!

Besides the combat system, my favorite aspect of the Fire Emblem games are the characters. The majority of them in the franchise have rich background stories and you can usually develop them further with the use of supports and pairings in most of the games. It’s fun and exciting to see which characters I end up summoning to join my team, or to see who will be my team’s opponents. Although I haven’t succumbed to actually paying for summoning orbs yet, earning them in the game for more heroes is a good incentive for me to keep going.

Overall, I’m enjoying this little mobile game. I haven’t been playing it long enough to see a negative impact on my data plan just yet, but I also haven’t had any server issues or glitches. The game runs pretty smoothly, and it’s nice to have a slice of Fire Emblem in my pocket to play during my few free minutes throughout the day.

Have you downloaded Fire Emblem Heroes? What do you think of it so far?

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Friday Favorites: Mobile Games

Double Jump Kris MiiAnother week down, one more full week to go in October!

Mobile gaming has definitely spiked recently, with all sorts of genres being played right at the tips of your fingers. From Angry Birds to Pokemon GO, there’s tons of downloadable games that you can spend your money on (even if the base game itself is free). Although some don’t consider mobile games to truly be “video games,” they’re making strides, especially with the plans to bring Super Mario onto the iPhones! Here are a few of my favorite mobile games from over the years.

3. High School Story by Pixelberry

I know, a game about high school? I’m a bit old for that, aren’t I? While I don’t play the game anymore, hear me out on it. I had downloaded this game years ago when my younger cousins started playing it, mainly because I wasn’t sure what they were getting into. Neither of the two were in high school yet, and their father wasn’t very cell phone or Internet savvy to figure out what they were doing, so I played the game with them to be sure it was appropriate.

Honestly, it’s a very tasteful, fun game. Although it categorizes characters into “cliques,” like jocks, artists, and nerds, it promotes inclusion and nonjudgmental friendship, something that could be promoted more in schools today. A few of the story lines even focus on more serious subjects such as anorexia (but it’s also completely optional in case it’s triggering), and I found them to be well-written and sensitive. The characters are all well-rounded and, even if the event waiting times can be long, it was a pretty enjoyable game.

2. Archie Saves Riverdale

Anyone else read Archie comics? Besides Batman and X-Men, I grew up on Archie comics and still read them from time-to-time. They’re clean, tasteful, and usually hilarious with the antics that the characters get into. They had a mobile game called Archie Saves Riverdale that, unfortunately, isn’t available any longer, but it was fun to someone like me who grew up with the characters. The main goal was, more or less, to do tasks that “cleaned up” Riverdale while also being able to raise relationships between the characters. The dialogue sounded as if they came straight out of the comics, and playing the game was just like being at home.

1. Pokemon GO

Although I’m not addicted to the game, Pokemon GO is still on my list. The augmented reality game helped keep my excitement for the Pokemon franchise, and it was a refreshing new take on the game, even if there were tons of bugs in the program. Being able to search for Pokemon in real world locations is pretty fun, and I’m excited to see where the new updates will take the game.

 

What are some of your favorite mobile games?