Ragnarok Tactics has launched in Southeast Asia, and while I never was too into the original Ragnarok Online, I might as well give my first impressions on it, right? It’s not the MMORPG most of you would be used to. Instead, it dubs itself an “idle + strategy” game. The Facebook group mentions this is an open beta, but for all intents and purposes, it’s pretty much a full-fledged game. Let’s dive into it!
As advertised, you will control a handful of monsters and send them into battle. To start off, you’ll be able to field five at once. They have their own “factions”, and their elements. The rock-paper-scissors type dis/advantages will always be visible at the top right, so even if you forget, you can just quickly refer to it.
You will always begin battles in a preparation stage to set your monsters on a grid, so swap whenever you need to. It’s a little aggravating that sped up combat is locked behind player ranks, but it is what it is. Auto otherwise unlocks quite early, upon which your monsters will automatically attack if you didn’t set targets, and use skills. Multiple monsters can be told to target something specific.
Monsters and various essence upgrades can be found in the gacha, otherwise known as the Hatch Lab. The probability of getting SS Monsters is a little on the low side at 2%, likewise for Legendary Essences (2.2%). Each duplicate Monster is its own unit, while you can obtain shards to eventually merge into the full thing. Monsters can be upgraded into higher star levels, equip essences and equipment.
There’s also a whole bunch of features locked behind certain ranks. Depending on how you feel about it, this could possibly turn you off. I’d like to think of it as a way for newbies to slowly ease into the game. Once people have played enough, then the more complex operations won’t be overwhelming them.
First impressions of Ragnarok Tactics is personally fairly favourable. There is a certain depth that you can prepare yourself to learn once you’re willing to put in the time. Casual play is fine too, since you can still collect materials while you’re not online. Give the game a try, and see how you like it.