Nexon Mobile, known in the Power Rangers community for having created the popular mobile game Power Rangers Dash, has developed a brand new Power Rangers game for mobile devices. Titled simply “Power Rangers RPG”, the game features a real-time automated battle system with up to five Power Rangers battling against numerous monsters and a boss at the end of each stage. We were lucky enough to take part in the closed beta testing process (which was open to certain areas via the Android Google Play Store) and this is our first impressions of the game.
Please note – this game is still under development and nothing seen in these videos or images should be considered final. The developers have already stated that changes will be made based on user feedback.
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Check out our video of the opening screen of Power Rangers RPG as well as the interactive 3D menu where your Power Rangers run around as you decide what portion of the game you’d like to play.
The story is set in the Power Rangers RPM universe. Professor Q, who is revealed to be the fiance of the late brother of Ranger Series Operator Red Scott Truman, has gone missing. She was developing what is essentially time travel/dimension travel technology and the worst is feared by both Colonel Truman and Doctor K. The Power Rangers RPM are sent to investigate and run in to a number of monsters – including Rita Repulsa – who reveal that they know the Power Rangers but not THESE Power Rangers. Soon after, Doctor K and Colonel Truman theorize Professor Q is no longer in their current dimension and the Power Rangers have to go out and find her.
The tutorial portion of the game gives you control of all five of the main Power Rangers RPM (Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Black). You also get to test out the High Octane Megazord during the battle. Once the tutorial ends, you end up with only Red, Blue, and Yellow as you begin the story.
As for the Power Rangers themselves there is quite a bit more to them than just running around fighting. Each Power Ranger has a “class” – fighter, defense, or “magic”. The fighters, obviously, are up front fighting away. Those who are defense tend to have special skills to raise various forms of the team’s defense as well as being ranged damage per second (DPS). And finally, the “magic” class utilize various special skills that can do various things such as heal the group, raise different types of stats during battles, and so forth.
Here are the base details you need to know about the game:
Player Level – determines how strong your characters can be, how much stamina you can have, and different areas that you can participate in
Stamina – Needed to perform all actions within the game.
Crystals – Needed to unlock certain areas, purchase powerful items like Ranger Pieces, and used to summon Ranger Pieces to complete your roster
Gold – Standard currency, used in the Shop to purchase items to upgrade your Power Rangers equipment and to summon items and Ranger Pieces
Friendship Points – Sent to you by friends you make in game and you can send them to your friends as well
Valor Points – Gained through Player vs Player battles (PvP) … a different form of currency similar to Gold and Crystals
As for the Power Rangers themselves – there is a wide variety of ways for you to power up your Rangers. For starters, every mission you complete rewards you Experience Crystals, which can be used to level up your Power Rangers. At the time of publication we are unsure of how high the levels can go – we got some of our Rangers up to Level 28 before the beta test ended. Aside from that, you can collect additional Ranger Pieces to “Enhance” your Ranger, increasing his or her overall power. After you’ve “Enhanced” them 5 times (or gathered 25 Ranger Pieces for that Ranger), you can “Evolve” them, which takes them from 1 star to 2 star. As of Closed Beta Testing, you could reach a max potential of a 6 star Power Ranger … though we never saw (or obtained) a ranking higher than 2 star.
Additionally, each Power Ranger has equipment attached to them as well as a special skill that can be used in combat. Using items that you obtain in missions or through the shop allows you to level up those things as well. As your Power Ranger becomes 2 star and higher, more equipment slots open up for you to then level up the item attached in there as well. The items equipped cannot be changed (IE: RPM Red has the Street Saber and you cannot de-equip it).
As for Power Rangers – there’s quite a few, but not as many as you might expect. During this Closed Beta Test, the following Power Rangers were available to acquire:
Power Rangers SPD – Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink
Power Rangers Mystic Force – Red, Green, Yellow, Blue, Pink
Power Rangers Operation Overdrive – Black, Blue, Yellow, Pink
Power Rangers RPM – Red, Blue, Yellow, Black, Green
Power Rangers Megaforce – Red, Blue, Black, Pink
Power Rangers Super Megaforce – Red, Yellow
Power Rangers Dino Charge – Pink
Check out the video below for an in-depth look at each character.
As for the gameplay itself – it’s pretty simple to learn but does have a slight difficulty curve. The further you progress in to the story, the harder the bosses become. The “trash monster or beasts (mobs)” have different abilities that can throw you for a loop (example – some can heal, others self-destruct after a few seconds, others poison your entire team) that require you to think ahead. Thankfully, every monster and boss is detailed in a summary prior to starting the level so you can prepare.
Your Power Rangers move on their own and also auto-attack the enemies. There’s an option (granted I rarely used it) where you can pick “Auto”, and your characters will do everything – from moving and fighting to using their special abilities – all on their own without any input from you, basically making you a spectator who can intervene when necessary. You can move the party by tapping on the screen where you want them to move, or you can tap a different mob for your Power Rangers to focus on. In some instances, I had the Rangers take out the mobs that spawned with the boss before downing the boss in an attempt to try and mitigate the damage taken by the team. There’s a “slow motion” option where you can push it and use it to slow everything down to a crawl so you can move the team to a new area of the screen, or the Red Ranger closer to the Yellow Ranger so he can get healed. You will need to make sure you level up your characters and their equipment if you find yourself having troubles defeating some of the bosses. Luckily, you can go back to any stage you’ve already completed and redo it for extra materials. If you have “clear tickets”, you can auto-clear the level and simply reap the rewards.
Each Power Ranger has a special ability that can cause massive damage to an enemy or group of enemies, that can heal the party, or that can buff up special attributes of your characters. On top of that, if you have all five of the Power Rangers SPD, Power Rangers Mystic Force, or Power Rangers RPM team, you can summon the respective Megazord of those Rangers at any point in the battle. Check out this video below of some gameplay footage of us clearing a level and using the High Octane Megazord to take down the boss!
Check out the Megazords available during Closed Beta Testing below!
As with most mobile games, half the excitement comes from doing character summons and item summons. Nothing gets you pumped then when you get that character you were hoping to grab. One of the last characters we were able to grab (but sadly unable to use due to time) was the Power Rangers Dino Charge Pink Ranger, the only member of the team in game at this point. But the summons (using a Gosei Morpher to top it off) are a ton of fun and half the draw to the game.
While being a “Closed Beta Test”, what I played felt like an extremely polished version of the game. While it took a bit of time to get used to how it played, once I did, I didn’t want to put the game down. Now, being a beta it meant that the developers sent you tons of materials (random 100,000 gold messages, random 500-5000 crystal draws, etc.) to keep you invested in the gameplay and not the grind of trying to get materials to enhance your team. I hope that more Power Rangers are put in the team as opposed to just using a majority of the latter Disney seasons and a handful of the recent seasons. The Megazords feel as powerful as they’re supposed to be, if not a bit over-powered.
In the end – this game is going to be a blast to play. You will sink a good portion of your free time in to it and probably throw some cash at it as well trying to grab your favorite Power Rangers that are available to pick up. Add in PvP to the mix (granted, I didn’t test that portion out as I didn’t want my poor confidence to be shattered) and you have a game that’s going to stick around for awhile.
With so many additional features to unlock as you progress, along with leveling up your characters to get stronger – even their equipment – the game promises many hours of fun ahead of you. Add in some detailed history of the lore (especially for Power Rangers RPM), fans of every season of Power Rangers will enjoy what’s in store for them.
Power Rangers RPG by Nexon Mobile doesn’t have a firm release date yet but we imagine the game is nearing completion. If we get a chance to test the game out again, we’ll let you know what changes have been made. In the meantime, we hope you enjoyed this in-depth first impressions look at the game with videos and screenshots. We’ll see you in game!