Shopping has long been a weirdly important part of the RPG world. Shops are where you go not just to get gear, but to get ready for the big quests ahead of you. Shop Titans' is one of the latest games to flip that entire concept on its head, putting players on the path not to conquering dungeons but to outfitting adventurers who need a few extra...[read more below]
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Turning a Profit is the Real Adventure.
Shopping has long been a weirdly important part of the RPG world. Shops are where you go not just to get gear, but to get ready for the big quests ahead of you. Shop Titans' is one of the latest games to flip that entire concept on its head, putting players on the path not to conquering dungeons but to outfitting adventurers who need a few extra potions. The concept isn't new, of course, but it is one that is worth exploring.
Shop Titans' has a reasonably simple concept, but it is one that's at least intriguing. Instead of taking on the role of an adventurer, you take on the role of a shopkeeper. Your goal isn't to explore dungeons, but to make more money off those who risk life and limb. It's a neat flip of the usual script, and it allows the game to have some great fantasy trappings on top of its economic focus.
Don't be fooled by the marketing, though - this is a business sim first and foremost.
Unlike many of the other games in this genre, you won't be sending your character out to gather materials or delve into dungeons. Instead, you'll focus on the economics of paying adventurers to do your work and trying to turn a profit while you wait for them to come back with undiscovered loot. It's a nice twist that helps make this game stand out from the pack.
Like many other mobile games, there's a real divide here between the graphics that you see in the game's ads and the graphics in the game. The ads look very stylized and unique, but Shop Titans' uses what feels like a very standard type of mobile visual design. It's very bright and cartoony, which is fine, but there's not really much special about it.
The same could be said about the audio, honestly. As with most mobile games, you can turn the sound off and miss absolutely nothing. There are some decent background music and a few reasonably good audio cues, but you're not going to find yourself missing the sound if you're trying to play quietly during a meeting.
On its surface, Shop Titans' has a fairly nice little loop. You create items to sell, which you use to expand your shop, which helps you to sell more items. From time to time, you'll pay and outfit adventurers, who bring back new recipes and allow you to expand your selection of wares further. There's nothing particularly notable here, but nothing offensive.
It's a shame, then, that the game does all it can to punish you for not spending more money.
Yes, the dreaded specter of micro-transactions rears its ugly head in this game. The game paces itself around wanting you to spend your real cash on its fake store, so those who try to play for free are going to find themselves spending more time waiting than doing anything.
The truth is that Shop Titans is a reasonably mediocre game ruined by micro-transactions. If you aren't willing to pay into the system, you're not going to have that much fun. Give the early hours a shot, but don't feel compelled to stick around when the game tries to force its way into your wallet.
Shop Titans is an idle economic game that focuses too heavily on micro-transactions.
What follows is the official description of Shop Titans, from the developers.
Shop Titans is a simulation RPG game that consists of building your own shop within a fantasy kingdom. In it, you can craft and sell armor, swords, potions and all kinds of gear and equipment to heroes to help them in their adventures. With the money from the sales you can expand and customize your shop to become a business mogul in the village. Heroes of all kinds can enter your store: warriors, wizards, dwarves... even ninjas! Help your heroes and champions in legendary battles against the most powerful bosses!
The quest mode of Shop Titans is similar to other famous RPG and simulation style games. You will recruit a team of heroes who will battle against ogres, orcs and other creatures in epic combat. Use sword or magic to defeat them and receive gold coins to spend in your store. In addition, these quest rewards will give you materials to help create new weapons and gear, enabling you to access increasingly difficult duels.
Build up your store as fast as possible to support the heroes who will protect and defend your village. Get rich by selling items you craft in your store, building a crafting empire! For each epic war a hero fights successfully, you will receive rewards for equipping them with weapons and armor. Open a chest to discover what new items you have available to build new swords, shields, armor and more!
YOU are the new craftsman in town. Help the heroes in epic battles against fearsome monsters that lurk in the dungeons. Personalize and design your store, build epic armor, swords and gear for the heroes to defend your village. Team up with blacksmiths, tailors, priestesses, carpenters and herbalists to make your business prosper. Trade, sell or auction your products to the highest bidders from other shops. Sell your goods to warriors and even add a surcharge!
Show off your medieval style by customizing your avatar. Choose from different types of clothing, hairstyles, eye color and more to make your avatar unique. Once you’re ready, the adventure begins! Follow the Elder, Owen, in the tutorial of this RPG simulation game, and learn how to build and manage your store to become the kingdom’s greatest tycoon!
In this fantasy adventure you can: - BECOME a master shopkeeper! - CREATE and CUSTOMIZE your own fantasy shop ... in 3D! - TEAM UP with your friends and build a prosperous town! - RECRUIT and customize your own heroes, each with their own skills and equipment! - TRADE with players from all over the world! - BATTLE bosses and CONQUER mysterious dungeons to acquire rare loot!
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