Spacetime Studios is responsible for the very first cross-platform, 3D persistent mobile MMO, beginning with Pocket Legends in 2010. Since then, the Legends franchise has expanded with the sci-fi Star Legends and horror Dark Legends. These titles boast an impressive eight million downloads, making it the world’s most downloaded mobile MMO series.
Returning to their roots in fantasy, Spacetime has created a fun world where players can go one quests, fight monsters and of course, collect loot; all in a cross-platform environment. If you aren’t familiar with cross-platform, it means that you can play on your computer, walk out the door and pick up your game where you left off from your smart phone or tablet – or both!
So, if I’m playing on my browser and you’re playing with me on your smart phone across the country, how’s the latency? Will there be lag? Will I attack a monster only for it to load and find out you already did 2 seconds ago?
Playing on two tablets at the same table, the boys at Spacetime showed me just how fast the reaction time is and how smooth the animations render – even on the incredibly crowded E3 wi-fi connection! I could only imagine how fast it would be under normal circumstances.
As usual, the overall design of the game is great. With Arcane Legends, Spacetime is returning to the cutesy design fans have come to know and love. Players can choose from three classes; Warrior, Rogue or Sorcerer. All three character designs are fun and amazingly NOT stereotypical! Let’s face it – there’s no shortage of fantasy MMOs out there, so it’s nice to play your favorite class or try a different one with a little much-needed creativity thrown in.
NOTE: As of this writing, it’s not certain whether you can choose a male or female version of your character, but I’ve requested more information.
The graphics, from what I saw are crisp and colorful. The animation styles are fantastic – we came across some enemies (I wanna say goblins?) who just LOOKED like they were up to no good, lol; all shifty-eyed and they had that “hand in the cookie jar” body language. (You moms will know this look well!)
You can play alone or with others, but teaming up will allow you to unlock explosive combos. You can also play player-vs-player (PvP). As you level up, you’ll be able to specialize in skills so you can customize your character.
For those who’ve played previous Legends games, you’ll be happy to know that the energy mechanic will not be used. In fact, it’s being removed from Dark Legends at the fans’ request. Combat is as easy as a tap of your screen or a click of the mouse. You can repeatedly use small attacks or charge up your rage meter for a more destructive strike. Watching them play the game seemed delightfully simple.
I’ll definitely be giving Arcane Legends a try. My favorite thing about the game is that it’s designed for the gamer on the go – I don’t have time to commit my entire life to one game, so being able to play when I can and WHERE I can is a huge incentive!
As always, the game is free to play and will launch sometime at the end of summer. Keep it here as new information develops!
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