Gailardia series, iOS, free promotion

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Re: Gailardia series, iOS, free promotion

Post by chrlpolk » Sat May 09, 2020 3:56 pm

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Fri May 08, 2020 6:13 pm
You're right — the most frustrating thing was the buff spells wearing off so fast, and getting separate notifications (text only) for each character as they wear off. An icon would've been better.
G2 has the same issue with paralysis. I can't tell you how many times I discovered in a battle mashing "all attack" that one of my members isn't striking and I was left to question how long they had been paralyzed for! Or likewise, went to heal and got the message that the caster is paralyzed - had no idea!

I'm throwing in the towel.

I've gotten pretty far into G2, I feel, but the way they've extended gameplay is annoying. Every step pretty much boils down to: You need Object A. In order to get to it, you must find Object B. Once you collect Object B, you get almost to Object A, you learn that you also need Object C to progress, so you have to backtrack.

Every. Single. Step.

It just got tiresome so for that reason, I moved onto G3. The classes are handled a bit differently, with Warrior, Samurai, Magic Swordsman, Monk and Wizard available to your 4 characters from the start. Eventually, Ninja, Sage, Fencer (an upgraded Samurai so far as I can tell, although that feels backwards when thinking of field battles...) and Holy Knight (a true Paladin!) are opened up without the limits of the first game. I started playing it a little bit but it just felt the same... I'm interested in giving it a chance, but for now, I need to cleanse the palate with something different!

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Re: Gailardia series, iOS, free promotion

Post by Visstar » Sat May 09, 2020 5:25 pm

Silversword does a bit of that "now you need A, but to get it, go to B, but to go there, you need C" as well, but it felt so much less contrived. Partly because the game is better designed, partly because the story is better fleshed out.

I also find the lack of a decent map frustrating. (A journal would help, too!) If memory serves, we started in Howard Castle for some reason, but I'm not 100% sure, and I'm also not completely sure how to get back there. Travelers Wings are handy but a cheap cheat to avoid implementing a map. I shouldn't need to keep paper and pencil handy to play a mobile game I might be playing in the train or whatever.

If you're a sports fan, Out of the Park's MLBM (Major LeagueBaseball Manager) is quite good. It's a management game, so you are making the personnel and strategy decisions rather then pretending to be the player and pretending to swing the bat with your finger. And if you like jigsaw puzzles, Zimad's Magic Puzzles is my favorite.
May the Vishanti guide me through this eldritch maze!

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Re: Gailardia series, iOS, free promotion

Post by chrlpolk » Sun May 10, 2020 3:56 am

In Silversword, it just doesn't feel like Mario is zigzagging us across the entire world map over and over again as a cheap way to extending gameplay time. Gailardia series has a spell to quickly warp between towns, but it's still tedious when there is plainly no other purpose than an egg hunt.

I think the 3rd or 4th town you come across gives you the same kind of world map you get in the first game - you have to take care of a problem in a cave for it, which isn't bad. But after that, you will put that world map to use zig-zagging back and forth! And like you said, I wish there was a quest log to recall where that one person was who COULD HAVE done something the first time you talked to them, but no, you had to run into an issue first, AND THEN they will do it.
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For instance, you go through what you need to obtain the ship, then you find someone who can upgrade your ship, but you cannot get the upgrade because, well, that would be too easy for you! First you must follow some clues about the gold key being in a cave, to get to the cave you must travel through a maze of rivers, and you almost reach the cave and are told - oh, look at that, the currents are suddenly strong and your ship will need an upgrade! So now you have to warp around to find the person who could have just done it to begin with seeing as how he doesn't charge and just wants to help your cause, then you warp to the town nearest the cave, navigate the river maze AGAIN...
no, Silversword wasn't THAT bad, repeatedly!!!! Heck, G1 wasn't that bad, and exploration such as finding a new town felt meaningful because you were moving on from where you started.

And I don't feel like I'm being too critical, after all, I didn't even make a fuss out of the bizarre translation choices.
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Although everyone tells you the Demon King is back, it's actually the offspring of Lamia. Same in G3, everyone says the Demon King is back a third time, but again, it's a new one. The translation in both games gives the erroneous impression that the G1 boss has resurrected.
I do fully intend on giving G3 another go after I have the chance to get through some others. I've had "Stranger of Sword City" on Steam for awhile and haven't had the chance to really sit down with it, and I'm still slowly working my magic-lite party through Silversword!

I've actually considered the baseball manager one, I had read some good reviews on it! I'm not really into jigsaw puzzles, but oddly enough, I've played several escape-room scenarios which involved jigsaw puzzles and found those quite enjoyable! In small doses, I suppose, but thank you for the recommendations!

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Re: Gailardia series, iOS, free promotion

Post by chrlpolk » Wed May 13, 2020 3:53 am

Visstar wrote:
Sat May 09, 2020 5:25 pm
If you're a sports fan, Out of the Park's MLBM (Major LeagueBaseball Manager) is quite good. It's a management game, so you are making the personnel and strategy decisions rather then pretending to be the player and pretending to swing the bat with your finger.
There are several versions, looks to be up to 21 now. Which one are you playing? Also, it looks like the company makes a similar one for hockey!

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Re: Gailardia series, iOS, free promotion

Post by Visstar » Wed May 13, 2020 4:03 pm

Wow, I'm behind! I'm only on 18. But in my experience, having played v. 11, 12, 13, and 16, most of the upgrades don't change or fix very much. E.g. I complained on their forum years ago that you could make trades DURING THE WORLD SERIES and the acquired player would show up on your playoff roster. I did this once when my best player was injured during game one and I couldn't put him on the DL or bring up a player from the minors due to the rule against making roster moves during a series. BUT, I was able to make a trade! They have put out about four new versions since then and the bug is still there. But they have added a plater editor and fixed some bugs, e.g. One that allowed you to sometimes acquire a team's best prospect in exchange for a low level career minor leaguer.

I haven't tried the hockey game. My iPad is pretty old and there are some newer games I can't download.
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