Review Animas Online
Defend a mystical forest from human invaders
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 13 Jul 2017, tested on HTC One S
Can be played with friends, completely free, no ads, interesting gameplay
Long tutorial, not enough characters
Animas Online for Android is an MMORPG in which you play a fantasy humanoid-animal creature. The plot is that your idyllic land is being invaded by trash-throwing humans, who want to take the place over. So you have to fight the humans away, while rescuing captured bunny rabbits. So I guess Animas is a game aimed at environmentalists.
There are a variety of game elements. You progress through missions, where you run around an area and fight humans. There is more gameplay here than many RPGs, because you have to move into the right position for attacking - whether that's swinging a sword or firing a weapon (which of course, depends what character you chose at the start).
The controls for fighting are simple to use, so you can really get into the action. Movement is controlled with a joystick, and there’s a big button for your main weapon, and a small button for unleashing your special power. Even if you are very good at the fighting aspect, you’ll have to keep upgrading your character to stand a chance of succeeding in missions. You can do this with gold that you earn playing the game and, as always, you could also buy some gold with real-world cash. But you don’t need to do that to play Animas Online and the game itself is completely free and free of ads. You can also get gold and find items by “exploring” an area, which is basically an animation of your character running on top of a progress bar for a few seconds. It sounds lame, and quickly gets tedious, but at least gives you the impression that they are out exploring.
You can link Animas Online to Facebook so that you are able to play with your friends. This feature could make it very popular among particular groups of children. Otherwise you’ll be playing the game with some randomly selected players with the same level as you. The way the multiplayer element of Animas Online works is that everyone develops their own character, and when you go for missions you take a simulated sidekick (another players’ character with you). You can also fight another (simulated) character directly in arena mode.
Overall, Animas Online could do with a wider choice of characters, or some options for customisation of characters, to make it more varied. The gameplay and graphics are well polished. It plays well on small screens and should look even better on larger ones. I found the introductory tutorial far too longwinded, but it may be useful to those less familiar with this type of game, and Animas Online feels like it is aimed mainly at younger players.