Phantomgate Preview: Gacha RPG With Platforming
- Name: Phantomgate
- Developer: Netmarble
- Genre: RPG, platformer
- Price: Free, with IAPs
- Installed size: 568 mb
- Best played in short-medium sessions
- Minor bugs experienced
- Playable Offline: No
What is Phantomgate?
At its core, Phantomgate is a hero collection gacha RPG. However, Netmarble’s newest game has a lot to offer beyond that core. The game has a cohesive story that is inspired primarily by Norse mythology, and plays out in voice acted dialogue scenes. Gameplay has two basic parts, level exploration, and combat.
Level exploration consists of light platforming and puzzle solving as players navigate each of the game’s many story levels on their way to finding that level’s Phantomgate and taking on its boss. Combat turn based, and each character has a variety of skills to choose from. There are also the usual extra modes like arena, training, and various events to go through outside of the story mode.
- Lots of different characters to collect and power up
- Stamina system: Yes
- PVP: Yes
- CO-OP: No
- Social features: Friends, chat
- Graphics quality: Good
- Audio quality: Average
- Audio recommended: No
- UI quality: Average
- Overall presentation: Good
Phantomgate is an above average gacha game in a lot of ways, but it is far from perfect. The story is definitely a cut above most mobile RPGs. In this case that means it’s good enough for players to not instantly reach for the skip button, but not good enough to be a selling point for the game. The voice acting is bad, but not bad or frequent enough to be a major annoyance. The game’s real problems start with platforming.
Platforming feels really out of place in Phantomgate. It plays out well enough, during the review it was never challenging or particularly fun. Yes, there are a few secrets here and there, and approaching an enemy from behind gives you an advantage, but overall there is not much of a purpose to it. The platforming certainly extends the game’s content, and while it isn’t bad, it feels unnecessary.
Overall Phantomgate is one of the better gacha games out there. It has pleasant graphics, solid combat, and one of the better stories for the genre. The collectible characters are a bit underwhelming, and not many will be instantly recognizable for those unfamiliar with Greek, Finnish, or Norse mythology. Everyone should give Phantomgate a chance, but it’s a that not everyone will like. Phantomgate is currently in its soft launch phase, and only available in certain countries.
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