If you’re familiar with the world of Ni no Kuni, you might be happy to learn that you can now access it via your mobile phone.
Available now on iOS and Android, Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds can also be played on PC but it is very much a mobile oriented game. Select a quest and you’ll find that the game mostly plays itself, leaving you free to enjoy the beautifully realized world and just take things in. There’s the occasional quick event during story scenes, requiring you to recreate the motion of sliding your finger across the screen while grabbing and moving your mouse. So you’ll be able to play on PC if you want, and if you do you’ll enjoy improved performance and more gorgeous visuals. But the convenience of playing on mobile ultimately wins out.
Either way, diving into the world of Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds is a treat. After creating your character, choosing one of the five available classes, then modifying its appearance according to your preferences, you are immersed in what seems like a big story. Entering a virtual reality experience called Soul Divers, you find yourself in the Nameless Kingdom, where a princess is in peril. His quick actions get you – and his minion Cluu – to safety. Thus begins your adventure, with the goal of seeking the help you need to free the Nameless Kingdom from the clutches of evil.
In the end, you realize that the world you entered isn’t so virtual after all. Needless to say, the stakes are high. After all, the fate of two worlds now rests on your shoulders. But thanks to the friends and family around you, it’s a burden you don’t have to carry alone. It’s a fairly typical JRPG setup, but that doesn’t make it any less engaging. Plus, the charm of the Ni no Kuni world is enough to make it stand out, with its cute pets and colorful visuals. Especially considering it’s a mobile game.
And for those into JRPGs, there seems to be a lot to like here. The narrative is really interesting, and there’s even a decent amount of voice acting to draw you deeper into the game’s story. All the other typical JRPG features are also intact, such as equippable gear that can be upgraded and a whole host of skills that can be learned and equipped. As this is a Ni no Kuni game, there are also plenty of pets to acquire, and up to three can be equipped at any time to bolster your combat abilities.
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While quests can feel a little passive at times, with your character moving on their own to complete them once accepted, you can take control if you see something that piques your interest along the way. You also have full control between quests, allowing you to explore the area at your leisure. For the most part though, you’ll be happy that Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds pushes you forward as it lets you encounter new things while taking the stress out of navigating a 3D world with a mobile device.
It’s just a shame that the fight largely happens on its own, as that’s the one area where it seems like your input should make a difference. Although even when you gain control, the action-based system simply lets you press on-screen buttons to perform standard and special attacks, and occasionally call upon familiars to use their unique abilities. It’s very simple, which is both a strength and a weakness. For avid gamers, there’s not much of a challenge here, but for those who want a laid back experience, it’s just plain fun to be around.
Anyway, with Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds being free, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t download it if it piques your interest. So far, all signs point to it being an enjoyable way to pass those downtimes, especially with its wonderful soundtrack. And while we imagine he’ll end up throwing a lot of menial quests at us that aren’t so crucial to the story, his beautifully realized world and laid-back nature probably won’t make them that arduous. As far as mobile games go, this is definitely a game to watch.
Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds is now available on iOS, Android and PC.