Welcome to our Epic Clicker Journey review. Clicker games have really started to gain popularity these past few years, due to the increase in mobile gaming. As the word ”clicker” would imply they often have you simply tapping away at your screen. The idea sounds boring but some games tend to do it quite well, so how does Epic Clicker Journey fare?
- Epic Clicker Journey
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC
- Reviewed On: Nintendo Switch
- Developer: Cleversan Software
- Publisher: Ultimate Games
- Multiplayer: None
- Available: August 6th, 2019
- Price: £4.49 (U.K), $4.99 (U.S)
- Age Rating: PEGI 16 (UK/EU), M (U.S)
- Review Code Provided
Being a clicker game, there is naturally no proper movement in this game, instead each encounter you take part in features a mostly static background. Each level is home to several creatures to fight with the power of your tapping. For the most part, it is pretty well put together and it’s easy to see that the developers have put their heart and soul into each level and encounter.
One big problem with this game is its got a similarity to games with in-app purchases, yet in this case are none, thankfully. However, the similarities are strong, for example, there’s a health bar that takes a while to replenish at lower levels and even longer at higher levels. You’re free to play the game with any amount of health but you’re more likely to just die quickly if you play with barely any. You can use your hard-earned gold coins to replenish your health but at 3500 coins a pop these potions are expensive, especially when you consider how long it can take to collect loads of coins. There are also keys you can purchase to unlock new levels on the map but it’s possible to collect these in encounters if you really don’t want to fork out 5000 coins a time. During the later stages of the game, you will have gained enough experience to have higher level stats which will make it easier to acquire more gold coins from the beginning levels if you’ve got the patience to grind away, but in this game, I just can’t do it as I find myself getting bored of tapping away.
Between each level, you’ll be on the game’s world map, which is home to each of the levels you can access. Some levels, as I mentioned earlier, are locked and require gold keys to access. The world map is easy to navigate as it basically requires you to just click.
One of the most interesting things about this clicker game is its use of an RPG system alongside the clicking mechanic. In Epic Clicker Journey the RPG element comes in the form of data such as strength, health, luck and hit points all of which naturally increase as you level up from playing the game. There’s also equipment such as weapons and armor which can be upgraded using gold coins you earn. This equipment can be upgraded as you play so if you’re struggling a bit just tap the equipment on the left side of the screen and upgrade if you can.
For each encounter, you successfully complete you will earn experience and be able to collect gold coins. The experience aids in helping you increase your level while the gold coins can be used to purchase items as well as the aforementioned upgrades. Such items include buffs, different weapon variations and abilities which can all be used to give you an advantage in battles.
Beyond the normal game mode, Epic Clicker Journey also features a dungeon game mode. In this mode, you can play the dungeon endlessly as long as your health will allow it. If you happen to die in this mode you won’t lose anything you’ve collected, such as gold, items and experience, unlike in the normal mode where you lose all the stuff you’ve earned during that encounter. It is a lot of fun but it’s just not enough to keep me entertained.
As well as clicking the touchscreen, it’s also possible to play this game using the Joy-Cons instead of your finger. The controls are surprisingly easy either way you choose to play. it’s nice to see that the developers have allowed two input types.
In conclusion, Epic Clicker Journey makes use of a well-designed RPG system that adds a bit of fun to this game, but unfortunately, its similarities to a game packed full of in-app purchases soon make the game feel tedious and boring. This is a real shame because the idea of an RPG style clicker game sounds very appealing on paper and this one is so far from perfect. I should point out that the Steam version on PC is free to play with in-app purchases which shows why they have opted to keep the aforementioned similarities.
That concludes our Epic Clicker Journey Review. You can use the links below to purchase this game on the Nintendo eShop.