By Kayleigh Partleton
Welcome back! Hope everyone had a great Christmas and a good start to the year. Well, as good as you possibly could have.
A new year means one thing for little old me, another 52 weeks of checking out some incredible mobile games. Some may be created from the big hitters of the industry, and others could be one of those precious indie gems.
Either way, I am guaranteed to come across some awesome games in 2021, and I am keen to share these discoveries with all of you.
To say I loved the first game that has secured PocketGamer.biz's Mobile Game of the Week would be an understatement. For those that enjoyed reading my ramblings last year, you will be aware that this journalist is a sucker for RPGs and open-world adventures.
Therefore, we are kicking 2021 off with Sella Arcana, a neat little mobile RPG with a pretty soundtrack – yes, we still after some killer tracks in 2021.
Players must first select their character, as with any good role-playing game, users must choose a hero that will reflect their desired playstyle.
Stella Arcana offers five different classes – Mage, priest, warrior, archer and assassin – all of which have their own strengths and weaknesses.
Usually, I would go for warrior or archer, but on this occasion, I chose the assassin; I thought it would be fun to be the one giving surprises rather than receiving them...looking at you, COVID!
Graphically speaking, the game is pretty enough, though it falls just short of the outlandish gorgeousness displayed by Genshin impact. At times, characters may appear to be a little blurry.
In terms of controls, the layout is non-interfering with the gameplay with a transparent analogue stick and attack buttons on the opposite side. However, at times movement can prove to be a little clunky.
Moreover, the combat proved to be as fun as I hoped it would be, nothing like a little bit of hack n slash through a beautiful world. While running can be clunky at times, actual action proved to be relatively smooth.
Not only is there a standard action attack, but as players grow, they will unlock special abilities to give that extra edge in battle.
Naturally, as with any RPG, there are customisation options, including gear. As players progress, they may find gear that is better suited to them or features higher stats than their current arsenal.
Not only does Stella Arcana offer a fun PVE experience, but it also features some PVP for those that like to get competitive.
It will come as no surprise that the open-world RPG features in-game purchases for currency.
However, it is worth noting that all money can be obtained through playing Stella Arcane. Be it through winning in PVP, defeating bosses or completing quests; there are options for players that prefer not to splash the cash.
Overall, Stella Arcana was a pleasure to explore thanks to its beautiful landscapes, which were accompanied by a pretty soundtrack.
So, for the first time this year, I have to ask myself, will Stella Arcana keep its place on my phone? For the time being, of course, it will. Any game that allows me to get lost in its world on the go is always going to be a winner.