Posted By Shaun K. about 2 months, 1 week ago
Like it or not, mobile gaming has become a major force in the industry. This is especially true in Japan at the moment where it feels like a tide change largely away from console gaming altogether might be in the offing. So expecting any major Japanese-based publisher not to focus serious resources on servicing that market is frankly unrealistic. Hence why we have seen so much mobile output from Square Enix of late. Today the company has made it clearer than ever that they will not be limiting such efforts to their Eastern-based properties with the full unveiling Lara Croft: Reflections.
Reflections is a name that first surfaced back in March when Square Enix trademarked the title and at the time there was speculation that it might be some kind of DLC for the reboot. Now as it turns out not only is this not the case but indeed Reflections seems to be more a follow up to Guardian of Light than the reboot at least as far as art style is concerned. In gameplay terms, Reflections is a free-to-play card collecting game that has players battling it out with both the computer and each other.
The setup apparently involves a mirror that brings together Lara Crofts from multiple universes and which, OK, I guess is now something that happens to Ms. Croft because why not. Players will need to use cards to attack, explore and collect artifacts and can upgrade their abilities and weapons through a card combination crafting system. The game also takes a page from Infinity Blade‘s book by featuring massive boss enemies that will require players to team up to take on and claim the prize. Incidentally the game was developed by Smile-Lab which is a Japanese-based Square Enix mobile studio.
Lara Croft: Reflections is available now in Australia here for both iPad and iPhone devices with a US, Europe, UK and Japanese release to follow soon. Stay tuned to Blistered Thumbs for continuing coverage of the game and be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.