Play Soul Ark and dive into a world with soul energy and an all new dimension to fight the forces of oppression.
Assemble a team of warriors to accompany you on your journey to protect the human world.
Enjoy a game with beautiful anime-like art style and intriguing world!
Korean-made RPGs dominate the smartphone market today, given that like Japanese games, they have intriguing stories and an anime art style. Soul Ark may not be the more popular Korean games out there, but it’s fairly decent enough to warrant a playthrough. As soon as you start the game, you’re treated to a storyline involving an intricate plot and a huge cast of characters. With that said, is it an RPG you would want to invest in, or are you better off skipping Asiasoft’s most recent game? Let’s find out what it has to offer.
Soul Ark has an intricate story, and in turn, it makes it a little harder to follow. Without diving deep into spoilers, you’re basically a hero set to fight against the main antagonist who seeks to conquer the world with the artifact called the Soul Ark. Although the war takes place on earth, the setting is mostly inside another dimension, called NetSphere. It’s quite hard to follow the details considering that the localization is rather subpar, and the names are Korean, though with English letters. If you’re that invested in the story it would be best to take notes: you’ll need it to keep up with what’s happening.
Soul Ark is basically a gacha-style game wherein you assemble a team of heroes and fight off enemies in the main adventure, boss raids, or in real-time PvP battles. Assembling them requires you to place them in positions that would give you a tactical advantage, given that there are multiple character types. For example, it would be best to place defensive heroes in front of the formation, while the all-rounders and attackers are behind it, and finally, the healers and support heroes on the rear. Battles are turn-based, and all you have to do is simply tap on your characters’ portraits to have them activate their skills. However, there are link skills to take note of, and these can help you chain skills together to deal even more damage.
Everything, from buying and selling items to assembling your team is done on the NetSphere. In addition, you can also meet with other players here, run around, and treat yourself to the various facilities. Areas such as the Daily Dungeon, Shop, and Town Raid can also be visited in just a tap. The tutorial does a good job in introducing you to these places, and in teaching you the basics of the game in general.
The biggest appeal Soul Ark has is its graphics and art style. Although the battles aren’t action-based, the cutscenes and the way the characters move feel immersive. Whenever characters activate their abilities, they speak in full Korean dub and show a short animation of them doing so. Unfortunately though, the localization is horrendous: broken sentences and words that are out of place are everywhere.
Overall, Soul Ark is a fairly decent game and is arguably worth a shot. Unfortunately, its terrible localization can put off players who would want to be invested in the game’s story. On the bright side, the gameplay is fairly well-made, and the huge roster of characters and formation arrangements paves the way for numerous tactical opportunities. Give it a shot, play, and assemble a team of heroes that would help you save the world.