Magic & Dragons
A matching game with RPG elements, Call of Antia from FunPlus International AG has a little bit of everything for players to enjoy. Dark forces are gathering, and the people of Antia need you, the Dragoneer, to gather heroes and summon dragons to protect them. Lead your team of magical warriors through the land to stop the second coming of an ancient evil that could destroy everything. Eye-catching fighting animations combine with an engaging story to make one well-made RPG you won’t be able to put down.
While following the story, the first thing to notice is that every hero and villain has a color assigned to them. Match game pieces, called Naya stones, of the same color to power up a hero’s special attack. Tap on the portrait of the hero to activate that attack. Additionally, some colors are stronger than others. It’s important to know this when fighting, as it could mean the difference between winning and losing.
For example, red is stronger than green, green is stronger blue, and blue is stronger than red. Yellow and purple cause the same amount of damage to each other. These colors also represent what faction a hero or villain is from, of which there are 13. Lynn, a red knife-throwing bounty hunter, is in the Ranger faction while Eliza, a green healing elf, is with Chattingdale. It’s a good idea to have one hero per color on the fighting roster. There’s only five slots available, so choose wisely.
You’re A Star!
A hero’s strength is determined by how many stars they have, ranging from two to four. The more stars a hero has, the more power they can use in battle. Leveling up heroes takes a few steps. Not only do you need gold and exp. potions, you also need specific materials for each hero. Nessa, for example, needed three dark skulls, two holy telescopes, and two dark bones to ascend past level 30. All heroes need materials to ascend past level 10, 30, 60 and beyond. Gold and exp potions are all that’s needed for the other levels. Materials are found after battle victories and in material chests. You can go back to previously won battles to get materials and skip fighting again by tapping the auto win option. This can only be done twice a day per one battle, however.
Divide & Conquer
Beyond the saving the world story, Call of Antia has many other things to do, like missions. There’s daily, main, and progression missions, all of which have different rewards. Daily missions involve actions like completing three campaign levels, leveling up a hero and summoning a hero, among others. Main missions are actions that will take longer to complete, such as fighting 10 players in the Arena and collecting 40 heroes.
Progress missions vary from chapter to chapter, usually asking to complete the chapter you’re on and upgrading the castle. Completing progression missions earns chapter rewards like gold and raw meat. All missions will give rewards of either gold, exp. potion or gems. Both the gold and exp potions level up your heroes, while gems purchase special items and summon heroes. Additionally, it’s a good idea to get three stars on all chapter levels, as getting enough will reward you with gems. For example, 12 stars earns 60 gems, 27 stars earns 75 gems, and so on.
Big Ole Dragons
So, where do the dragons come in? Well, players meet their first dragon, Drago, during the tutorial section of the story. Though he joins the party for free, acquiring other dragons requires gathering Dragon Shards and then summoning them. Dragon Shards are found during Hero Quests or are bought in the shop. Hero Quests are timed excursions that require specific heroes to complete. For example, one quest might require two four-star heroes and take eight hours to complete.
Besides Drago Shards, rewards include gold and raw meat, needed to feed and upgrade the dragons. Dragons can only be used at a time. However, they can attack multiple times at once. A dragon attack is charged by your heroes fighting in battle, and once charged, the dragon will rain down a set number of hits onto the enemies. Drago, for example, deals damage to all enemies 13 times. Additionally, once his attack is finished, he gives his allies a shield buff for three turns. There are five dragons to find overall.
Something that makes Call of Antia stand out is its above average animations. From summoning heroes to dragon attacks, it’s clear the developers spent a lot of time making them look good. Mobile games typically don’t have top tier animation like a lot of console games, but this one really knocks it out of the park. The summoning involves a water droplet turning into a fully blooming tree, and the dragon attack, specifically Drago’s, has him emerging from the clouds and unleashing his power. Words really don’t do the animations justice; you’ll have to play the game to fully understand how beautiful they are. Call of Anita is more than just a matching RPG; it’s a gorgeous experience that all players can enjoy. Magic, heroes and dragons, what more could you want? A lot of love and effort went into this game, and it really shows.
Is It Hardcore?
Easy to learn gameplay coupled with plenty to do and quality animations make for an amazing time for all players.