Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians is a hero collector RPG, and any mobile gaming fan worth their salt will know that we’ve got plenty of them on the platform already.
However, the level of polish and nifty little features here and there does elevate it above its competitors. It also helps that the might of Ubisoft is behind it, bringing a AAA level of quality to proceedings.
You play as a student ‘Elemental Guardian’, who has to summon a bunch of cute creatures to help them in battle. Think Pokémon but with a focus on magic and you’re on the right lines.
Battles are turn-based, and act much like they do in JRPGs like early Final Fantasy. Your monsters will patiently wait their turn, then you can pick a skill for them to use.
The skills are all beautifully animated – as is the rest of the game really. Environmental effects play in the background for each level, and help add an intensity to proceedings. You’ll battle in snowstorms and thundering rain.
As the battle progresses, your character will charge a skill that deals mass damage to all of your enemies. Picking when to use this wisely helps to turn the tide of battle in your favour.
At the beginning you’ll only have a single monster to bring into battle with you, but as you progress, you’ll unlock and bring up to four of them with you. Win a battle and each of them will receive XP, perhaps levelling up in the process.
You’ll also earn items that you can equip to your units to increase their power. You can also level up each item to increase their power further, and earn bonuses the more you equip.
It’s all very straightforward, which you’ll appreciate as you unlock more monsters. There are an absolute ton to unlock, and each has its own unique visual style.
There’s a bunch of multiplayer content to experience too, from PvP to playing with your friends as part of a guild.
It’s generally quite a generous experience, requiring little in terms of investment. Sure, you could spend a bunch of cash and level p super fast, but play regularly and you’ll rarely find yourself stuck for content.
Overall, Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians isn’t a particularly unique experience, but what it lacks in innovation, it more than makes up for with polish. The animations, visuals, and overall feel just oozes quality, and that alone just might make this the hero collector RPG for you.