Master of Eternity Review: All That and a Little Moe?

Master of Eternity cut-scene

The Basics

  • Name: Master of Eternity
  • Developer: Nexon
  • Genre: SRPG
  • Price: Free with in app purchases

The Details

  • Installed size: 2.1 gb
  • Best played in medium sessions
  • Minor bugs experienced
  • Playable Offline: No

What is Master of Eternity?

Master of Eternity is a free to play gacha strategy RPG with a strong emphasis on story and moe content. Moe often refers to feelings of affection towards anime characters, and that’s the case here. Between the game’s mecha battles players are able to interact with their crew of Pixie mecha pilots, decorate their rooms, and more. Instead of the gacha system being used to collect Pixies, it’s used to gather mechas that they pilot. The Pixies themselves can be unlocked after completing certain tasks in the story or other missions.

The game features a story mode that is one part visual novel style cut-scenes and one part turn based SRPG combat. The story mode’s combat missions mix up their objects, with levels asking players to anhilate their enemies, get at least one unit to the finish line, or take out a stage’s boss. As players move mechas on the game’s square tiles they do not have the opportunity to take advantage of positional, elemental, or terrain bonuses. However mechas have their own unique combat abilities, giving players the chance to use knockbacks, stuns, charges, penetrating fire, and a variety of area of effect attacks to their advantage.

Master of Eternity gameplay

Recommendation

To put it bluntly, if you have an issue with moe content, this game is absolutely not for you. Master of Eternity is in large part built around the game’s pilots, their personalities, and interactions between them and the player. These interactions are only somewhat optional, as developing strong bonds with the game’s female characters also strengthens them in combat.

For the most part the moe content is fairly benign with character development scenes and occasional voice acted dialog. Though game could have definitely been done without adding breasts physics. The game’s story is surprisingly well written by gacha game standards, complete with unique character, humour, and an overarching plot that might actually be worth paying attention to.

On balance MOE’s combat is not quite as deep as some SRPGs, but it still ahead of the curve as far as hero collection games go. While having force multipliers based on positioning and matchups would have added a nice layer of strategy to the game, the skill variety gives players plenty of opportunities to plan ahead. Some story levels also add to that by giving players multiple levels to finish a stage and the opportunities to go beyond blowing up everything that moves.

As far as pay to win goes, Master of Eternity has its ups and downs. Players can only improve their Pixie’s rooms using premium currency, and the amount of it that free players get is quite low. That being said, using premium currency to summon new mechas is not as much of a requirement as it is for other games. Players can use friend codes to summon mechas everything other than the highest tier (S3) and then evolve those units. Unfortunately odds are not disclosed for premium or friend point summons. Perhaps the biggest issue from a P2W standpoint is the game’s limiting stamina (AP) system. Battles can easily take upwards of 10 stamina points even early on, and stamina regeneration is definitely on the slow side. That severely limits the amount of time one can spend in game.

Master of Eternity is a game that is definitely worth trying if you are into moe or if you don’t have any strong feelings on it and are looking for an above average mobile SRPG. Although it definitely rewards players who spend money on the game, the rewards relate more to Pixie room decorations and the game’s stamina system rather than creating a paywall.

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A game with a lot to offer, but it’s not for everyone
Available on Google Play
Note: This review reflects the author’s views on the game at the time it was played. The state of the game may have changed since that time. Please note that installed size includes optional downloads where applicable.