Lost Portal Review – Gaming Tips and Tricks 30

A review of Lost Portal on the App Store.

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Hello, dear reader, I hope you’re having a good day. This is a review on Lost Portal, a dungeon crawling CCG (collectible card game) battle RPG with some rogue-like elements. For tips and tricks, check out Gaming Tips and Tricks 17. I have fully played the game and beaten it. I did not reach the level cap of 34 before writing this review. I will have a video of a Lost Portal Review up on Saturday at the Lunar Nebula LLC Gaming YouTube channel. I’m not being paid to write this blog, and it contains information based on my opinions from playing Lost Portal. 

Parents should know-Lost Portal is rated 9+ on the App Store for Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes and Cartoon or Fantasy Violence. I don’t remember any curses, yet the Let’s Play on my channel would showcase them if there are any. They would be few and far between since I can’t remember off the top of my head if there are any. The game features some scary artwork including skeletons, monsters, and the like. It’s similar to Magic The Gathering’s artwork, yet less foreboding. If you think the artwork of Magic is too much for your kids, think twice about this game. The battles in the game are card battles, there is no gore, and overall it’s a simple and fun deck-building RPG (role-playing game) game kids can enjoy. The only in-app payment is the Aerahym expansion which adds over 30 new cards, 3 new dungeons, a higher level cap at 34, more game save slots, and more character customization. You can pay the initial price of $2.99 (or wait for it to go on sale to $0.99) once and play forever. Literally, the game can randomly generate more end game content indefinitely if you have the resources. 

Life Lessons– Losing is a part of life. Even in easy mode, with a really good consistent deck, there is a high probability you will lose at least once. Perseverance will reward the player with more cards and gold for progression through the game. 

Story– It’s a simple tale of finding the portal stones, defeating the bad monsters, and reuniting the cities. Some themes of Lost Portal include transportation and communication. These are essential to society.

Gameplay– Lost Portal is a single player turn-based card game with RPG skill acquisition and exploration. Timing your plays is important. Building a consistent deck will contribute to your victories. You can read  Gaming Tips and Tricks 17 for more tips on gameplay. It can get monotonous if you’re building towards one perfect play style. That’s one reason I played it on easy mode first. I wanted to try different decks and prevent the game from becoming stale. Progression through the game, finding sweet cards, and learning the skills to build your ultimate character will be enough for some players to keep grinding through games with the same cookie cutter tactics. I highly recommend Easy mode so players can learn what the game is like and decide if they want to challenge themselves in the hard mode grind. Important note, buying the expansion is most helpful to new game states since the expansion cards won’t be available at merchants if you buy the expansion after you’ve started a file because the world and merchants are generated at the beginning of the game. You can still collect the expansion cards from expansion monsters. 

Sound– The music provides a good background video game soundtrack. It varies in loudness quite a bit so be careful when wearing headphones or recording. It’s not extremely memorable but it certainly does the job. I enjoyed the variety and thought it spiced up the games. 

Price– This is a paid game on iOS and other platforms. As mentioned earlier, you can pay the initial price of $2.99 once and play forever. Literally, the game can randomly generate more end game content indefinitely if you have the resources. The Aerahym expansion is $1.99. 

iPad notes– Lost Portal requires at least 210 MB of data available to download. It doesn’t require Wi-Fi to play. Some sections of the game made me turn up the brightness on my iPad Air 2 to increase visibility. The game never crashed on me and works well. 

More Info- Lost Portal’s website is http://lostportalccg.com/ and Mike Camilli has a great FAQ section on the game. He answers questions and helps players out. http://www.pockettactics.com/reviews/review-lost-portal/ is a Pocket Tactics review of Lost Portal.

Would I recommend Lost Portal on the App Store? It depends! Lost Portal is a solid CCG when you want a stable, offline game. It can get monotonous when you’re trying to build towards one perfect deck or play style. I started to get bored and was able to make new decks to destroy the monotony. The Hard mode is definitely challenging and may decrease the monotony by forcing players to reevaluate their strategies when they lose important cards or gold. Overall, I enjoyed the graphics, music, and gameplay. I would have taken more breaks between play sessions if I wasn’t recording the game on Lunar Nebula LLC Gaming. If you have $3 left to spend, are tired of Free to Play, and want a challenge, then Lost Portal is another game to add to your collection!

by Brian Petrilli AKA Jalinon

Some of My Favorite iPad Games (as of 2017) – Gaming Tips and Tricks 25

Hello, dear reader, I hope you’re having a good day. This article has a list of a few of my favorite iPad games. You may enjoy them so I thought I’d share. I will try to have enough information to do an article on Angry Birds Evolution next week. You can catch various iPad gameplay on the Lunar Nebula LLC Gaming YouTube channel. I’m not being paid to write this blog, and it contains information based on my opinions from playing these games. I will include age ratings for each game I mention as a favorite.

My Favorite MOBA Game:
Vainglory is an addictive and well executed MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena). If you enjoy League of Legends or DOTA, then I believe you will enjoy Vainglory. It is rated 9+ for infrequent/mild cartoon or fantasy violence. I’d up the rating because of the in-game chat feature. There are also some fake blood splatter effects with certain characters’ abilities. They look very fake. Still. Vainglory is free to play, has daily quests and rewards, a guild system, several game modes, and fantastic artwork. The main downside to the game I have seen is the occasional lag spike. I don’t have the best Internet connection, yet even pros on YouTube seem to suffer the occasional lag in their gameplay. I hope to cover this game in more detail in the future. Vainglory is popular and there are a variety of resources for learning more about the game.

My Favorite Free to Play Game:
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is my favorite free to play game due to its accessibility, smooth gameplay, and the value it places on players’ time. What I mean by that is you can use Sim tickets to speed up farming within the game, and you can make combat animations speed up. This means accomplishing daily quests can take as little as 11 minutes if you’re efficient. The game provides several means of PVP (player versus player) combat which require attention and strategic decisions. All that said, the game does require quite a bit of patience in order to progress. It took around 9 months for me to reach the highest level in the game. To summarize, the game makes the daily grind much more bearable and efficient for free to play gamers and includes a surprising amount of strategic depth within its smooth combat system, yet it will take patience or money to truly progress. Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is rated 9+ for infrequent/mild cartoon or fantasy violence on the App Store.

My Favorite Tower Defense Game:
Kingdom Rush Frontiers is my favorite Tower Defense game because it fixed the issues with heroes the original Kingdom Rush had. Kingdom Rush Origins continues the traditions laid down in Kingdom Rush Frontiers. There are plenty of great tower defense games on tablets. Somehow Ironhide’s Kingdom Rush series continues to outshine them in my eyes. Maybe it’s nostalgia. The addictive gameplay, iconic art style, and solid mechanics would argue otherwise. Kingdom Rush Frontiers is rated 9+ for infrequent/mild cartoon or fantasy violence. Bloons TD 5 HD is close. All the tower defense games mentioned here are rated 9+ in the App Store for infrequent/mild cartoon or fantasy violence.

My Favorite SRPGs:
Surprisingly, Fire Emblem Heroes (rated 12+ in the App Store for infrequent/mild sexual content and nudity and infrequent/mild cartoon or fantasy violence) is my favorite turn-based strategy RPG (role-playing game) on the iPad. It doesn’t have the strongest story, yet it does feature a story. The gameplay is fast and fun. My second favorite would have to be Chroma Squad (rated 9+ for infrequent/mild cartoon or fantasy violence) for its Teamwork mechanics and comedic tone. I have included both here in case people have an issue with me choosing a free-to-play game like Fire Emblem Heroes when there are paid options like Final Fantasy Tactics: the War of the Lions (rated 9+ for infrequent/mild cartoon or fantasy violence though I would up the rating for its heavy content) or Banner Saga (rated 12+ for infrequent/mild mature/suggestive themes; infrequent/mild horror/fear themes; infrequent/mild profanity or crude humor; infrequent/mild alcohol, tobacco, or drug use or references; infrequent/mild cartoon or fantasy violence) which fit the traditional SRPG style.

  • I Have Several Favorite Action RPG’s:
    Infinity Blade 2 (rated 12+ for infrequent/mild realistic violence, infrequent/mild mature/suggestive themes, frequent/intense cartoon or fantasy violence), Swordigo (rated 9+ for infrequent/mild cartoon or fantasy violence,) and Bastion (rated 12+ for infrequent/mild cartoon or fantasy violence; infrequent/mild alcohol, tobacco, or drug use or references). They all feature different mechanics which change the gameplay enough that I can’t group them all as one genre in my head.
  • Hack and slash Combat Infinity Blade 2 streamlined Infinity Blade’s combat system, expanded the story, and added more content. Infinity Blade 3 would have been here except for the occasional glitches and animation lags which interrupted the gameplay for me. I didn’t experience these issues with Infinity Blade 2. The Infinity Blade series inspired one-on-one combat games which used touch controls.
  • PlatformerSwordigo is like an old side scrolling Zelda game with responsive modern controls. There are collectibles, hidden upgrades, and adventure awaiting you in this App Store gem.
  • Top-Down ViewBastion takes the idea of a dual stick shooter, adds RPG elements, weaves an intricate narrative and combines it all into a beautiful package. I’ve done a Let’s Play of Bastion on the Lunar Nebula LLC Gaming Channel in case you’re interested in seeing why I enjoy this game so much.

Favorite RPG:
Knights of Pen and Paper is rated 12+for frequent/intense cartoon or fantasy violence. I believe there may also be some mild profanity. If you ever wanted to see a decent JRPG set up which uniquely makes fun of Dungeons & Dragons, the game master, and the players, then I suggest trying out Knights of Pen and Paper. I haven’t played enough of Doom and Destiny to compare them.

Favorite Pokémon-like RPG:
Micromon follows the Pokémon tradition of catching every cute critter you see, training them, and saving the world. At least this world’s just digital, right? I don’t know if it still works with modern iOS updates. It was rated at 9+ for infrequent/mild cartoon or fantasy violence.

What are your favorite games, dear reader? I don’t have a favorite racing game yet so I’d appreciate some tips on a good one. Feel free to comment below and discuss your favorite games.

Disclaimer: I’m not being paid by anyone to mention these games. The only money I could make would be through advertising on this site or on YouTube at this point in time.

by Brian Petrilli AKA Jalinon