Many mobile games are coming up in the video game market as the time to access the internet or video games is getting longer than the time to face in person due to Covid-19. From casual, action, art games to geography-based and fantasy role-playing games, let us talk about 10 best free-to-play mobile games in Korea.
1. Cookie Run: Kingdom 2. Roblox 3. Gransaga
4. Lineage M
5. The Kingdom of the Winds: Yeon
6. SEVEN KNIGHTS 2
8. Brawl Stars
9. Sangokushi: Strategy Edition
10. ICARUS ETERNAL
1.Cookie Run: Kingdom | Devsisters
Cookie Run: Kingdom is an IP-based game by Devsisters that developed the Cookie Run series. Players pre-registered in December 2020, and the service started on January 21st. The overall system is based on building and fostering, and Devsisters has been releasing a variety of characters by adding role-playing elements.
With the adoption of voiceover recording and 3D live for each character that has not been seen on the last series, Cookie Run: Kingdom is still ranked high in the Korean mobile game market.
2. Roblox | Roblox Corporation
Roblox, which is emerging as the most popular game for generation alpha around the world, has ranked in second place. Roblox has a unique system that allows the players to create games. As of last year, more than 50 million games have been developed by 8 million game creators.
Roblox’s growth continues steep as children, who can no longer go to school due to the Corona pandemic, gather in Roblox. Roblox draws attention to the profit model of Robux which is in-game currency.
3.Gransaga | NPIXEL
Gransaga is a casual 3D graphical MMORPG game. It is a story game in which you select 3 out of 7 characters, and the members can be changed at any time. Gransaga has been promoting with teaser since 2019 and is a new mobile game that was pre-registered in January 2020.
With well-designed characters, splendid production, and experienced voice actors, Gransaga has been rated excellent by existing RPG fans and continues a high rank since the release.
4.Lineage M | NC SOFT
Lineage M, released in June 2017, is a mobile game with core elements, management method from Lineage which is popular IP. Nearly 4 years after its launch, Lineage M is still a long-standing open-world game featuring a free PK system with the choice of character classes such as prince, knight, elf, magician, etc.
It recorded one billion in sales in just one year after its release, and it was the largest sales for a single mobile game in Korea.
5. The Kingdom of the Winds: Yeon | NEXON
The Kingdom of the Winds: Yeon is a game based on the IP of The Kingdom of the Winds which is an online game developed and published by NEXON in 1996. Pre-registration started in June 2020 and the number of reservations passed one million even before July.
It is set in post generation of the original The Kingdom of the Winds, and an MMORPG game in which you can select a basic path which is warrior, rogue, mage, and poet in the Goguryeo generation. With the popularity of the original one, the Kingdom of the Winds: Yeon is consistently at the top.
6. SEVEN KNIGHTS 2 | Netmarble
SEVEN KIGHTS 2 has the worldview of 20 years after SEVEN KNIGHTS, Netmarble’s popular game IP, and was reinterpreted to an MMORPG. It was launched in November 2020 and received favorable reviews from the players for its well-organized story that can be understood even without playing the previous story.
Unlike SEVEN KNIGHTS with an auto hunting system, it shows the high quality of detail that players did not expect. It earned positive reviews, mostly with the players praising the game’s good control which allows them to clear high-level bosses even when the stats of their characters’ items are not enough.
7. Genshin Impact | miHoYo
Genshin Impact is a role-playing game released by miHoYo, and the players can do various activities and experience battles in an open world by acquiring weapons and resources. It was first introduced on G-Star in Korea in 2019 and was launched on PC, mobile and PlayStation platforms at the same time in October 2020. It made a profit of one billion dollars within six months of its release.
It receives high praise for the freedom of action such as running, climbing, swimming, and gliding. The character’s personality can be also modified, and the graphic quality gets rave reviews in terms of visuals for its smooth cartoon rendering graphics.
8. Brawl Stars | Supercell
Brawl Stars is a third-person hero line battle arena game that was developed and published by Supercell, a Finnish video game company, and was released globally on iOS and Android in 2018. The players battle with multi-players or AI and play the game in different game modes. Brawl Stars has been downloaded more than 200 million times worldwide and earned 526 million dollars in revenue, which was the second highest in Europe, in 2020.
The players choose one of the characters called ‘Brawler’ in a variety of ways, move with the joystick on the screen, and target the opponent to attack. The cute and tiny graphic design brings more and more mayhem, and it has been consistently ranked at the top since its launch.
9. Sangokushi: Strategy Edition | QOOKKA GAMES
QOOKKA GAME in Hong Kong developed Sangokushi: Strategy Edition by receiving the license from Koei Tecmo. Sangokushi: Strategy Edition is a simulation strategy game where the players expand their territory based on the contents of the Three Kingdoms and create a party with the warriors. It was released in February 2021 and has been marketed through YouTube since March.
Sangokushi: Strategy Edition is a game where the players feel the similarities to the original one through illustrations and animations by the official license. There are a lot of reviews that the players miss the previous Three Kingdoms series of Koei, and it continues to be popular.
10. ICARUS ETERNAL | LINE GAMES
ICARUS ETERNAL is a new mobile MMORPG game developed by LINE GAMES, based on WEMADE’s IP. It was released in March this year and won the second most popular Google Play game and the fifteenth most popular game in sales.
It is a novel game including many different contents such as a flight battle and puzzle elements in the dungeons. There are plenty of contents for the players to enjoy through the characters’ attributes and the pet & fellow system.
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