Two of Zynga's Japanese RPGs are heading West, being released in English for the first time since their debut across the Pacific. The first, Montopia, comes out today, and seems to bank on our innate obsession with collection fictional creatures. Ayakashi: Ghost Guild, a supernatural mystery game, will be out some time later. Sure, neither game is particularly original, but the formula works.
Both titles were developed by Zynga Japan and first released in Japan earlier this year. After the English versions are out of the way, more languages will be tackled, including Chinese and Korean versions.
Here's a quick rundown of each social JRPG:
- Monster mash: Montopia challenges players to collect monsters as they progress through their journey to uncover the truth of the lost utopia of Montopia.
- Collector craze: Players battle against other players to uncover the mysteries of Montopia as they increase their monster collection (or Monstapedia) to create the strongest team by fusing monsters together to improve their abilities.
Ayakashi: Ghost Guild
- Embrace your inner Exorcist: Players of Ayakashi: Ghost Guild are "Exorcists" trying to unravel the mysterious events being triggered by the Ayakashi, legendary creatures with enigmatic power beyond comprehension.
- Only the strong survive: Players must battle numerous ghosts (Ayakashi) in an attempt to gain control and bring them under their power, changing them to demons (Shikigami). By building the strongest team of Shikigami, players can fight against other rival exorcists.
Since only Montopia is out, you'll find screenshots of that in the gallery below. Shame, since Ayakashi really sounds like the more interesting of the two. Both games are available for iOS and Android.