Waiting My Turn – Tap Titans & Monster Strike

I think I have a problem. I have somehow become the crazy cat lady of Cookie Clicker games, and I have no idea how.

While my significant other eagerly plays Splatoon, I try to keep myself entertained with new games on my phone. Splatoon only allows one person online at a time, and it’s his turn, dang it. It’s a pretty fantastic game, and a valid reason for getting a Wii U if you don’t have one. It runs beautifully online, the weapons are all different enough to give you an advantage in different scenarios, and the music, story, and art personality sync very well with everything. I’m sure you have heard plenty about it, so I’ll talk more about it after I get my turn back and have more time with it.

For now, thought, I wanted to talk about two games that keep me entertained when I’m not being a squid kid and have been preoccupying way more of my time than I’d like to admit: Tap Titans and Monster Strike. Having played a lot of Mola Mola and Puzzle and Dragons, these both appealed to things I enjoyed: poking things to make them squish, and building monster teams to squish other monsters.

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In Tap Titans, you play as a scrappy blond fighting against a titan infestation. Whenever you poke your screen, your fighter swings and damages the monster, eventually killing it. The monster will drop some gold, giving you the opportunity to upgrade your damage. Every tenth titan you fight will be a boss, giving you more trouble than previous beasts with more health and a 30 second time limit. After beating five waves, you move onto a new area with different monsters to beat up. As you progress with your strength, you also get the chance to hire mercenaries. The mercenaries will help you fight the monster passively. This is great for those of you who don’t really have a lot of time to play directly. The game can continue to gather gold for you in the background while you handle more important business.

Hero
Here’s your hero and his abilities. The cool downs are really long, but they make up for it with power. Poke a monster for money, upgrade, poke the next monster even harder. Also, you can see in the top right corner a count for the current wave, or a button to swap into the boss fight when you’re ready. Quite a handy mechanic.

 

Mercs
Here’s a part of the list of mercenaries you can hire. Each mercenary has a list of their own abilities that contribute to either their potency or the entire team’s power. It really does help to boost your buddies.

Monster Strike, on the other hand, is far more hands on and requires a lot more luck and commitment to make any progress. In Monster Strike, you control a team of three monsters you either captured from previous adventures or gachapon rolls. You make them attack by pulling on the screen and flinging them in the opposite direction like a touch screen sling shot. With their strength and speed, they ram their cute, little anime faces into the enemy in hopes of taking their health down to kill them. Crashing into teammates activates a bump combo, performing some secondary attack like a laser beam or explosion, depending on the ally.

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Pull your finger across the screen and fling your characters around. Orange arrows mean the character will bounce, while blue indicates a character that will pass through monsters.

There are a couple of things Monster Strike does that impresses the hell out of me: multiplayer and better organization. You can play with other people to take on special co-op missions you can only access with friends. Truth be told, I don’t really have friends in this game, so I don’t really get to see how everything works. Frown. What amuses me most is that this seems to have pushed Gung Ho to consider putting multiplayer co-op into their own game, Puzzle and Dragons. I love when the success of one company makes others strive to be better.

Team
If you’ve played Puzzle and Dragons, this interface might look a little familiar. It’s not all the same, but it definitely has some similarities.

As for better organization, they allow the player to keep evolution materials in a separate category, freeing up your storage boxes of unnecessary monsters. You can eat everything you don’t care to keep (I don’t keep anything below a three star rarity) and focus on the few good monsters you do get from the gachapon hatcher. There’s a lot of luck to who you get, and applying the roll and restart strategy is, unfortunately, the best thing you can do to hope to be successful in this game. There’s an extensive tier list on various websites, and I would recommend taking a look if you’re interested in getting into this game.

Evo
Most evolutions can be achieved using catalysts that are stored in their own category. If the monster is at max level and you have enough materials, you can evolve them into a different, typically stronger creature. There are some monsters that can ascend, but they require the consumption of other, specific monsters.

One last thing about Monster Strike I’d like to point out is how inefficient the game can be. This game eats my battery like I eat sushi, which is equally horrific. It can drain a full charge in a couple of hours, which is pretty outrageous. Also, it sends large chunks of data quite frequently, so I would keep an eye on that if data usage is an issue.

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All in all, I am enjoying these new little time wasters. If I had to choose these over something like Guild Wars or Splatoon, I probably wouldn’t pick these two. Then again, I don’t really have to, which is the nice part of both of these games. I can play them a little while loading, waiting for an event to happen, or during a brief relief break.

 

To download Tap Titans on iOS, click here!

To download Tap Titans from Google Play, click here!

To download Monster Strike on iOS, click here!

To download Monster Strike from Google Play, click here!

rndmmeow
I am RNDMMeow, catless crazy catlady extraordinaire! Obsessed with gaming big and small, I relish in the weird and quirky. Join me on Twitch every Tuesday as I burrow through my collection of games, one life at a time.

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