Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 15 Dec 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Very passive and stress-free gameplay, unique game modes, good art
Sometimes games get real weird on mobile. Voxtale for Android is one of those times. It’s a game, currently in early access, that has you create 3D models using voxels. It’s a pretty soothing game to relax and play, but it also gets inventive by throwing you some curve balls. It’s not all fun and games.
Believe it or not, this game has a story. You are the chosen one that has stumbled upon a world that appears to be on the verge of dying after something called “The Event” ravaged the land. Now, buildings, animals and just about everything else is torn into pieces and guess what? You’re the only one that can put everything together the way it was. But don’t worry, you’re not alone. You’ve got an annoying sidekick companion called Screeny that will explain how things work and provide context around what you’re doing.
What I dislike about the game is the arbitrary currency system you need just to unlock levels to play. If you don’t have enough energy to keep playing, you have to unlock chests that require lengthy timers just to play or else you’re forced to pay real money just to keep playing the game. As I’ve always said, locking your users out of your game is a good way to make sure they never play it.
Overall, I really like the way Voxtale is coming along. It’s a really unique game that offers fairly relaxing gameplay. Unfortunately, I really don’t like the way the game is going from a monetization standpoint.