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Posted by BeachThunder

Yes, I've been looking forward to this.

I hope Drew Plays Mobile Games So You Don't Have To becomes a regular thing.

Posted by Morningstar

Im up for this!

Edited by Droop

Thanks for taking one for the team, Drew!

Edited by sku

I'm so excited to see Liam Neeson on his very first Quick Look!

Edit: I can't be the only one seeing shades of Dota in the third game. I can't.

Edited by Y2Ken

I started playing Clash of Clans at the start of this year, because I had a few friends who have been going for a year or so and needed a couple of extra players to engage in the Clan War feature.

It's pretty fun, you can comfortably get by without spending money and just putting maybe 5-15 mins in a day to check up on your city is enjoyable. It doesn't consume enough time to be a hassle but what you actually do (laying out and upgrading your town while attacking others) is fun in short bursts.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised. I could easily see how someone who didn't play many other games and particularly wanted to dump a bunch of time in (or get powerful quickly) could spend ridiculous amounts of money, but it certainly doesn't feel like you're at a disadvantage by not doing so because they match you up quite fairly against players at a similar level to you.

Posted by CairnsyTheBeard

Is there a sub-culture of gamers who only talk about and play Game of War and know no other games?

Edited by Autumn_Thunder

I have never seen commercials for these games (I live in the US). Am I really in the minority?

Posted by dstopia

That last game, they are ALL Dota 2 characters, either the looks (Queen of Pain and Lina are so fucking identical it's scary how they're getting away with it) or the attacks (Zeus ult, Kunkka boat and torrent).

How the fuck did they not get sued yet?

Posted by alwaysbebombing

Spartan y?

Posted by MooseyMcMan

Nice Spaceballs reference (I assume) Drew!

Posted by Lunnington

Game of War looks like an old 90's website.

Posted by Vrikk

Game of War doesn't have Kate Upton's boobs in it. False advertising. Let's sue, m'lord.

Posted by ConVox

@dstopia: DotA probably isnt the flag to rally around for this fight. A F2P game, based on a Mod, of an RTS, which cribbed from a Tabletop game, which was itself a melange of a ton of fantasy literature and folklore.

Edited by Redsox44
@dstopia said:

That last game, they are ALL Dota 2 characters, either the looks (Queen of Pain and Lina are so fucking identical it's scary how they're getting away with it) or the attacks (Zeus ult, Kunkka boat and torrent).

How the fuck did they not get sued yet?

I was thinking thinking the same thing, plus the healer in the back is enchantress pretty much. All of the ults and designs are right from Dota 2.

Posted by RE_Player1

Game of War looks like shit. At least Clash of Clans is somewhat polished.

Posted by BluPotato

Game of War makes me want to play some of the old Caesar city building games. Probably the graphics reminding me of them.

Edited by KevinBacon

Do the characters from the last game remind anyone else an awful lot of Dota 2 heroes? Kinda feel like Drew's crew was Queen of Pain, Lina, Enchantress and some generic dwarf warrior

EDIT: Apparently it's not just me!

Posted by Autumn_Thunder

Less than 3 minutes in and they're already pulling the "limited time" deal that keeps going past the timer. This will be good.

Posted by Evilsbane
Posted by lacke

I guess we know what games Drew are going to talk about on the Bombcast next week.

Posted by ripelivejam

This supercedes my own foray into the world of mobile financing with Guy Men: Dudes of Shooting. $775 tier gets you unlimited spendo points for the next 45 min!

Posted by AMyggen

Man...

Posted by Lelcar

@lacke said:

I guess we know what games Drew are going to talk about on the Bombcast next week.

Hahaha so true.

Edited by Crysack
@convox said:

@dstopia: DotA probably isnt the flag to rally around for this fight. A F2P game, based on a Mod, of an RTS, which cribbed from a Tabletop game, which was itself a melange of a ton of fantasy literature and folklore.

True, but those are direct rip-offs down to the character designs and abilities. I mean, in this QL alone I can see (female) Kunkka with his/her torrent and ghost ship, Queen of Pain with her sonic wave, Lina with her dragon slave and laguna blade, Zeus with his thundergod's wrath and Enchantress with her attendants, impetus, enchant and what I can only assume is her untouchable ability.

Posted by briktal

@dstopia said:

That last game, they are ALL Dota 2 characters, either the looks (Queen of Pain and Lina are so fucking identical it's scary how they're getting away with it) or the attacks (Zeus ult, Kunkka boat and torrent).

How the fuck did they not get sued yet?

And the Lina has a powerful single target attack and the QoP does a scream.

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Posted by Cheesewheel

Game of war looks like nothing more than storefront for pushing microtransactions. It just shoves store prompts it in your face at every opportunity.

Edited by rabid_chinchilla2195

holy shit is that last game just dota hero's

Edited by DCF15

I'm 90% sure that last game is using stolen art assets from WoW for its equipment icons.

That's fucked

Posted by LarryDavis

Drew is a true hero. This is the video game equivalent of jumping on top of a live grenade.

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Posted by Sessh

I'll never get the hook of any of these games.

I have a few friends who play this stuff and thus got roped into trying Game of War and some other similar games, but I've never stuck with any for longer then 2 or 3 days. All these games just suck and I don't understand why anyone would play them at all, when there's so many better options (including other mobile games, that aren't just a huge money grabbing machine) are out there.

The Liam Neeson commercial is pretty good, though.

Posted by Ravelle

@briktal said:

@dstopia said:

That last game, they are ALL Dota 2 characters, either the looks (Queen of Pain and Lina are so fucking identical it's scary how they're getting away with it) or the attacks (Zeus ult, Kunkka boat and torrent).

How the fuck did they not get sued yet?

And the Lina has a powerful single target attack and the QoP does a scream.

The art is also pretty bland, there's way more games out there with better looking art and the same game mechanic.( Summoning, leveling, promoting etc). Such as Brave Frontier.

Posted by ZmillA

disappointed this is less than half an hour

Posted by Jack_Lafayette

Oh, hell, not even five minutes in and this UI is making my eyes bleed.

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Posted by sisterbob

Heroes Charge... doesn't look entirely, irredeemably awful.

Posted by MosaicM80

wow.... these look horrible! I'd rather play Age of Empires or Civ 5!

Edited by Hassun

Thank you for sacrificing yourself for the common good like this Drew.

Posted by Tsuchikage

Oh my God, Game of War looks like complete garbage!

Posted by Deathpooky

It's weird, I don't necessarily have a problem with any of the game concepts in these games. The first two are basically a pseudo-RTS with lots of obtuse upgrade systems and overall strategy, and the last light party-based RPG. As Jeff said, they're all about progress bars, but a lot of games these days are about progress bars, to the point where you have games like Cookie Clicker satirizing them.

The problem is more that these games have weaponized the basic satisfaction and expectation concepts that keep you playing games in order to extract as much money from people as possible, complete with every psychological trick in the book (loss aversion, leaderboards and competitiveness, "sales", timed events). It's to the point where, as a guy who spent the 90's railing against potential government censorship of games, I wonder if we should have the government step in to regulate some of this crap since a lot of it is on par with gambling in terms of intentional addictiveness and danger through dopamine responses and pulling money out of you.

Sure, we make fun of people who spend hundreds or thousands of dollars in these shitty, shallow, nakedly designed games. But people get addicted to them for a reason and we don't just scoff any more when you hear a sad story of a person who spent their life savings at a slot machine. We're only a few steps away from a "iOS addicts anonymous" from some of this crap.

Posted by mbr2

Wow, Heroes Charge is not even trying to be subtle about ripping-off character designs from Warcraft 3 and Dota 2.

Posted by SpaceCouncil

1000 thingy ma bobs for $9.99 BEST DEAL!!! ACT NOW!!

Posted by IsoMentric

Jeff talking about exposing people to "the game" JEFF! it is because of you that I got back into WWE. talking about the game...

Edited by Bollard

When I was younger I used to go search out these free text-based MMOs, where you would randomly get a city you managed and you had coordinates and could see other cities around you and everything took time to build and... hold on, Game of War is a text-based MMO.

Posted by ph00p

Someone should ironically make one of these that are straight out a spreadsheet, but with all the microtransactions. It'd probably make a fortune, people are pretty dumb.

Posted by bsstephan

Man, this QL is fucking depressing.

Edited by bemusedchunk

@bsstephan: agreed.

I was fast-fowarding through most of the video.

This was pretty much "Quick Look: Watch This Bar Fill Up" - but then again, thats my sweeping generalization of most iOS/Android games...

Edited by Stormraider

Heroes charge is the most creatively bankrupt game I have ever seen. Every hero in the game is a copy of a Dota 2 hero in appearance and in skills for the most part. Drews team was composed of Enchantress, Queen of pain, Lina, Zeus and female Kunkka. I also watched a youtube video showing at least 20 more heroes, all from Dota 2. So it might be the the least disgusting game in this video in terms of micro transactions shoved in your face, but it has no shame in ripping off other peoples work when it comes to hero and skill design.

Posted by DannyHibiki

Heroes Charge is more of a rip off of Chain Chronicle - a Sega game that came out a couple years ago in Japan.

It's also boring, but prettier than Heroes Charge.

Posted by fr0y0

Holy shit, that third game. Dota heroes, Warcraft icons, Torchlight menus.

Posted by ArtisanBreads

Common thread to these games: they play themselves basically.