Bless Mobile is the latest free MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) to hit Android devices. It brings with it everything you’d expect from this type of game: various character classes, hack-and-slash combat, magic, exploration, loot, and monetization.
What does Bless Mobile offer?
MMORPGs are a dime a dozen, ranging from the cute Lumia Saga to the sinister Grim Soul. Bless Mobile fills the middle ground with its fantasy character classes (such as Berserker, Guardian, Ranger, Mage, and Paladin), massive monsters, and pets to collect.
The story sees your character caught in a war between two factions, Hieron and Union. You get to choose quests for whichever side, team up with other players in guilds, or fight them in PvP (player versus player) combat. The in-game currency is used to unlock advanced gear and there’s a store where you can pay real money for upgrades and other content.
Feature-lock and paywalls
Bless Mobile is free but falls victim to similar drawbacks of other MMORPGs. Namely, gameplay that focuses on grinding (playing the same areas repeatedly to level up), with the possibility to progress faster if you pay money. While it’s possible to unlock better equipment and new areas without paying, the microtransactions highlight how repetitive the game is.
Worse yet, character classes are locked to specific races. For example, you can have an elf mage but not an elf ranger. Similarly, you can have a human guardian but not a human mage. Anyone hoping to create a truly custom character will have to look elsewhere.
Graphics and customization
Although the Bless Mobile world design falls into the typical fantasy style of “Europe, but grimmer,” it’s an absolutely beautiful game. Additionally, the character appearance customization options are incredibly detailed. However, the female character clothing options also fall firmly into the outdated and unfortunate fantasy trope of “show more skin than fabric.”
On the surface, Bless Mobile ticks multiple MMORPG boxes: fast-paced combat with colorful explosions of magic, damage numbers during every battle, giant bosses, and an open world. Sadly, it fails to do anything new or particularly interesting with any of these features.
Should you download it?
No. Even if you’re a fan of MMORPGs, Bless Mobile will test your patience with its cluttered UI and generic gameplay.