In the land of gaming, there’s a legend known as Yoko Taro. While less popular than the likes of Hideo Kojima, Taro has a cult following for his work. Both the Drakengard and Nier series have garnered many fans the world over, especially the fantastic Nier Automata.
Yoko Taro took to mobile this time as we all wait for the next installment of his genius. SINoALICE is, on its surface, quite reminiscent of Taro’s other work. It’s thought-provoking and introspective, with an interesting story beat and gameplay loop. In a perfect world, this game would be a premium title that we could all enjoy without hindrance, but since it’s free-to-play, there are certain caveats that we’re all used to by now.
SINoALICE, previously available in Japan and recently launched in the U.S., is more complex than most mobile games you’ll find. Published by Square Enix and developed by Pokelabo, SINoALICE is leagues beyond most free-to-play games. It reminds me a lot of Fire Emblem Heroes in many ways, especially in how you summon new fairytale characters and classes.
You the player exist in a limbo space known as the Library, a sort of purgatory between reality and fantasy. You collect different fairytale characters, classes, weapons, and armor, developing your own playstyle from there. You use Twilight Crystals to buy Grimoires, which come in different rarities and give you anything