- System: iOS, Android
- Publisher: Netmarble
- Developer: Netmarble
- Release Date: TBD
- Genre: RPG, Side-scrolling
- Players: Single-player
- Official Website: http://phantomgate.netmarble.com/en
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Aside from just what is advertised, Phantomgate: Episode of Midgard also gives players a chance to summon new Phantoms every 12 hours. If you happen to log on every day, you get a bonus item, too. If you keep playing, you just might be able to unlock achievements which will give you great rewards. It’s clear that NetMarble is a company that knows the type of things players are looking for in a game.
Phantomgate Cinematic Trailer
In Phantomgate: Episode of Midgard, players will play as Astrid and the other heroes to fight against the forces of evil that are trying to create havoc in Midgard. Along the way, Astrid will collect Phantoms to help her on her journey. Whether it’s to save the world or to find out the secrets of her mother’s past, only Astrid has the power to do it all.
The story of Phantomgate: Episode of Midgard is a rather simple story, although it is supposed to have a lot of intrigues. Astrid’s mother is a Valkyrie but what happened to her? The game goes through a series of flashbacks so that the only way for you to find out is to keep playing. While you can go through Phantomgate: Episode of Midgard without really paying attention to the story, it’s still fun to read it as it gives Astrid some purpose. Other than that, it’s not really a plot that will grab you.
Phantomgate: Episode of Midgard has 6 different chapters, which lead to different worlds. In each of these chapters are several sub-chapters that you will have to go through to reach the big boss. Of course, there are sub “bosses” in each subchapter in the meantime. Once you have defeated a sub boss, you are able to go back and just fight against the sub boss instead of having to clear each subchapter every time you want to fight a sub boss, which is a nice feature if you are interested in farming.
Despite being a side scrolling game, Phantomgate: Episode of Midgard also features battling where you and your party of Phantoms fight against other Phantoms. Turns are decided with the use of a mobility meter indicated at the top of the screen. When it is your turn, you can pick a skill to use and against who it will be used on. The basics of battle are explained on video, however, the tutorials are so basic that you barely get any real understanding of what each move is expected to do until later when you are taught how to enhance skills and you can actually find out what the explanations for each skill are.
There will be times during battle where bubbles float down from the mobility meter and you can apply a buff to your party members that may make them temporarily stronger or faster, or block attacks. Debuff bubbles will also float down that you can apply to your enemies. Despite the use of a mobility meter, this is merely some “fancy” turn based battle system. An added feature to the battle mode is the use of auto-mode which allows your characters to fight without your interference (great for farming) and being able to speed up the battles in 2x so that you don’t have to sit there and wait for each attack to be carried out.
Later in the game, more features will unlock such as runecrafting, which will help make the game more complicated. This gives Phantomgate: Episode of Midgard more entertainment value as you can continue to play and grind in hopes of gathering materials for any of the things you need. You can also collect Phantom souls to attain new phantoms, use to level up your current Phantoms, and obtain new playable heroes. The Phantom's collection of souls reminds us a lot of playing sonic as you capture them as you run through each sub-chapter.
You can also collect gold and gems. Gems are utilized more for bonus things like speeding up rune making. Gold has a rather limited use as it’s used to make runes or upgrade your skill-set, but even then, the number you make greatly outweighs the amount utilized. Gems and gold appear to be utilized as the currencies for the game and while you are able to purchase gold, gems, and Phantom souls, neither are very hard to attain in the game.
A nice feature of Phantomgate: Episode of Midgard is its ability to make friends in the game. You can add friends via Facebook or find friends in game. These friends can be handy since they can send you 1 stamina daily for when you need it. However, since this game is in early access, we basically had no friends to exchange stamina with. Still, it’s a nice feature that is reminiscent of old Facebook game applications or even today’s Disney Tsum Tsums. You can even utilize the in channel chat to talk to others like an older styled game, however again, we found ourselves all alone here.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
Phantomgate: Episode of Midgard is really simple for the casual gamer and doesn’t require much of a time investment since you don’t really have to learn that much to play the game.
In terms of negatives about Phantomgate: Episode of Midgard, it really all comes down to what you want out of it. The game is just too easy for anyone who really wants to get into it. Easy games are nice if you just want to focus on the story, but here, there’s not that much meat to the story to get invested in. If you like collecting things like gold, you can do that but it’s much too easy.
If say, you are a student who doesn’t have much time to play games while at school, you can leave the phone somewhere and battle bosses nonstop while set on [Auto] and you simply have to press [Retry] every little while. This makes grinding super easy and you pick up gems, coins, and various other materials along the way. Simply put, Phantomgate: Episode of Midgard is just too easy.
- Stats restart with each battle
- # chapter monoliths
- Stamina restores fairly quickly
- Ability to login to save game data
- Ability to speed up battle animations to save time
- Daily login bonus
- Achievements give you prizes
- Easy to level up
- Easy to attain gold, gems, and Phantom souls
- You can ambush your enemies, although that’s for you to find out
- Story is pretty weak
- Crashes/Kicks you off server stating that someone else is using your account even though the pre-launch version doesn’t support logging in
- Quests are so simple you complete them while you play anyway
- Advertisements for microtransactions
- Requires an internet connection to play
- No real use for gold aside from enhancing skills
- The game is ridiculously easy and there’s no real point in in-game microtransactions
- Tutorials are too simple and only explain the minimal details
Honey's Final Verdict:
For those out there who are familiar with mobile gaming and mobile RPGs, do you think this game interests you? Is there anyone out there who is anticipating the release of Phantomgate: Episode of Midgard? Please share all of your thoughts in the comments below and look forward to future gaming updates!