Epic Clicker Journey
Switch version tested
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Quality over Quantity is often an overused saying for just about any company, but let’s face it hardly any one of them actually practice it. Although I am not too certain what Ultimate Games preaches within their business it is easy to see they are all about quantity. They are cranking games out at an unprecedented pace and it is clear that there is not much of a standard to get their stamp of approval.
Now not every single game that is related to U.G. sinks to the bottom of the barrel (for example my recently reviewed Scrap is an exception) and it would be unfair to just assume the continuous shovelled out games would all be stinkers. It is up to this Permed Chicken to sift through the endless mishmash of bad eggs to find the true Hidden Gems.
Epic Clicker Journey developed by Cleversan Software fell into my coop recently. It is labelled as an Action/Adventure/Role-Playing/Simulator but in reality it is more of something I would call a “Clicker” with some RPG aspects thrown in. Honestly, there is nothing to talk about in regards to a story or plot here.
There is a world map fairly similar to the Solo mode one in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate only presented much more poorly and less interactive. In each level you will face a group a fairly unique monsters/enemies one at a time. The entire gameplay is hitting the trigger buttons or tapping the screen as fast as possible to attack an enemy. Every enemy you defeat will earn you money and experience. When you level up three spending points will be earned that can be dispersed over attack, defense, luck, and DPS. Money can be spent on levelling up your equipment that increases your attack, defense, and block. A fellow can also be hired that will do a certain amount of damage per second when fighting. The last feature is item sockets that have various perks to use in fights or can be sold for gold. I sold every single one for money because I found upgrading my equipment was much more useful.
PRO TIP: When fighting awkwardly hold your Switch so you can hit both ZL, ZR, and tap the screen all at once as fast as you can to do triple the attacks at once because they will all register as hits.
There are only 20 levels on the map and once you make it to the end you can restart at the beginning with all the levels becoming more difficult than the first go around. It was hardly enough of a reason to play through the very short game again. Epic Clicker Journey can be beaten in one sitting but will require some grinding on the player’s part in order to beat the later levels. Some levels require a bunch of keys to unlock. Keys can be earned after battles or be purchased for a rip off price at a shop. No matter how you slice it you will need to grind for keys, money and experience to beat the map. There is also an endless dungeon level you can play but I found it to not be worthwhile at all.
SECOND PRO TIP: If you do decide to grind for a while make sure you beat a new level after otherwise you will lose all the grinding you did. This did happen to me, I levelled up 5 levels to earn 40 keys turned the game off and when I came back it started me back at where I last beat the level the first time. Seems like it only saves your game after you beat a level for the first time.
The animated drawings of all the level’s background and monster are the best part of the game but they are easily ignored because of how you play the game. It is hard to see or appreciate the monsters when my thumb is on top of them attacking in order to beat the level. It seemed like one song played on loop the entire that was more suitable for a game set in medieval times. Another aspect in the game is hashtags every enemy and item has at least one attached to it, but I am completely clueless as to why. I guess just to be trendy? It just came off as #Lame to me though.
Unfortunately, there is nothing “epic” about this game despite the title. I suppose it goes perfect with “Ultimate” Games as a collective bit of false advertisement. I could not recommend purchasing this to anyone in particular at the price of $4.99 (£4.99) or even on sale. It would seem like it could keep some younger kids busy, but the game is rated mature because of some of the language used in the hashtags and some nudity with some of the enemies. This egg one is rotten.
TBG Score: 2/10
Platform: Steam, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 06/08/2019
No. of Players: 1
File Size: 1.2 GB
Category: Adventure, RPG, Action
Developer: Cleversna Software
Publisher: Ultimate Games
Download link: eShop