Mobile game review: ‘Disney Twisted-Wonderland’

Now available on iOS and Android, Disney and Aniplex of America have brought the new JRPG to mobile gamers in the United States and Canada. Disney Twisted Wonderland.

DISNEY TWISTED – WONDERLAND. ARTWORK: YANA TOBOSO ©Disney. Edited by Aniplex

Disney Twisted Wonderland takes players to the magical academy of Night Raven College, an institute of learning in many ways similar to Harry Potter‘s Hogwarts, if the different houses were based on the characteristics of each of a group of Disney villains known as “The Great Seven”.

In this reality, villains are seen as exemplary legends who are idolized. Students are divided into different houses based on their degree of identification with each villain’s signature traits:

  • Heartslabyulbased on the rigor of the twisted Queen of Hearts of Alice in Wonderland.
  • Savanna Clawbased on the twisted Beast King (Scar) persistence of The Lion King.
  • Octavinellebased on the benevolence of the Sea Witch (Ursula) diverted from The little Mermaid.
  • Beetle, based on the twisted Sand Sorcerer (Jafar) mindfulness of Aladdin.
  • Pomefiorebased on the tenacity of the beautiful (evil) twisted queen of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • Ignihydebased on the twisted Lord of the Dead (Hades) diligence of Hercules.
  • Diasomniabased on the nobility of the Witch of Thorns (Maleficent) twisted from Sleeping Beauty.
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The story begins as your character wakes up to find he’s been transported to Night Raven (in a coffin!) as an enrolled student. Unfortunately, the Dark Mirror who sorts the students into their respective houses finds that you are absolutely not magical and therefore ineligible to attend their academy. Worse, no one knows how to get you home, so you’re stuck there until Manager Dire Crowley can figure out how to get you back.

Say Crowley from TWISTED-WONDERLAND

Grim, a creature that looks like a cat but adamantly insists it isn’t, adds to the general chaos. As lovable as he is moody, Grim can use magic (unlike you) and eventually becomes more or less your avatar in the various beat-up battles and challenges peppered throughout the game. He constantly picks fights and demonstrates through elsewhere poor impulse control occupying your life.

Grim is usually in hot water. TWISTED-WONDERLAND

The home screen provides easy access to the three main facets of gameplay: stories, lessons, and exams.

TWISTED-WONDERLAND home screen

“Stories” represents the main course of the game, which is divided into different books, each of which is subdivided into chapters. Any given book seems to focus on a specific house and the game begins with a prologue and two chapters, one each on Heartslabyul and Savanaclaw. Each chapter reads directly like a visual novel or presents a challenge that must be completed before moving on to the next chapter.

TWISTED-WONDERLAND Chapter Setup

Musical mini-games, called Twistunes Rhythmic Challenges, are fairly standard games where the player has to tap the screen like a moving symbol just as it reaches a circle. Difficulty increases with speed and pacing, while requiring different combinations of simultaneous taps in specific areas of the screen.

Twistunes Rhythm Challenges in TWISTED-WONDERLAND

Turn-based battles require the player to accumulate and build different playing cards of different characters to fight various antagonists as the story progresses. Not only do card levels have to be high enough to beat the opposing team, but each battle usually revolves around a specific magical element (fire, water, flora, and cosmic/no element), so it’s an advantage of have a variety of cards ready to use.

Turn-based battles in TWISTED-WONDERLAND

Cards are reinforced with “Lessons”. There are three different types (History, Flying, and Alchemy) that each increase the stats of your cards in different categories. Each lesson consumes a certain amount of stamina which automatically recharges throughout the day. While you can automate the process (you’ll take a lot of lessons) by enabling the “loop” feature, the animation and character design of the little chibi figures are entertaining all on their own.

History lesson in TWISTED-WONDERLAND.

“Exams” are more or less tests of the same turn-based battles used in the story. Players have a number of chances per day to engage in specific element battles. After a certain number of days, players earn Exam Medal rewards based on their battle success, which can be exchanged for different things at the store.

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The store, run by what looks like a descendant of Dr Facilier, has areas where players can exchange in-game currency, but largely caters to people who prefer to pay cash rather than spend. their time learning or fighting. their progression in history. The game is completely playable on a free-to-play basis, but there’s no denying that it will go slower than that if you’re willing to invest in better maps and items to level them up.

Overall I think Disney Twisted Wonderland is a solidly entertaining game. The story is fun, though hard to judge from the two chapters that have been released, but the localization of the subtitles is excellent and the writing is often much funnier than you’d expect. The character designs are beautiful as you would expect black butler‘s Yana Toboso, and the animation is very smooth and fully voiced, which is a surprising amount of work to put into a free mobile game. The Japanese voice cast is great even if, like me, you don’t understand Japanese, and really adds a lot to the presentation. The only part that could be improved is the amount of explanation for all the different aspects of the card stat raising process, but if you’re new to this (again, like me) there are plenty of web pages with guides on the most involved details. The battles are fairly easy until the end of each book’s boss battle, which usually requires your maps to be upgraded a bit, but at least at this point it’s a fairly straightforward process.

If you like RPGs, Disney villains, or just a cute story, Disney Twisted-Wonderland is a great option. I encourage anyone interested to download the app and get started, as Book 3, based on Octavinelle, is due out this month with various login bonuses and experience bonuses. See you soon around Night Raven!

disney TwistedWonderland is now available as a free download with in-app purchases on the App Store and Google Play.

To learn more about Disney Twisted Wonderlandvisit the official site at https://disneytwistedwonderland.com

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