Tales of the Adventure Company
Tales of the Adventure Company is a casual RPG that works like a puzzle game. The tile-tapping exploration mechanic will be instantly familiar to anyone who's played Dungelot (or had an advent calendar), while the enemy grid formations will feel similar to the animal rescuing sections of Disco Zoo. Put it all together with quick combat sessions and a little bit of party-based strategy and you've got your next roguelike obsession!
Each floor in Tales of the Adventure Company consists of a 5x5 grid of tiles. Enemies are hiding beneath the tiles, each one in its own arrangement as shown at the top of the screen. When you find a foe you can tap it to initiate a battle. There's also a hero that can join your party if you uncover his or her tiles, along with the occasional campsite to restore your health and maybe some other surprises, too!
Analysis: Tales of the Adventure Company has a layer of strategy sitting on top of its deceptively simple tile-tapping mechanic. Each party member has their own attack and health scores, but they also have an ability that's activated if you make them the leader of your party. The cleric heals your weakest party member with each move, for example. By swapping leaders you can maximize your tapping potential and keep your party in good shape for the wild battles to come.
But wait, what's this? Enemies have abilities too?! Spiders and skeletons and all the rest aren't just going to sit and let you whack at them with your sword. When an enemy tile is on the screen, your party can suffer some negative effects, such as the ghost reducing hero attacks by one. This encourages you to prioritize certain enemies over others, creating a fascinating balance between exploration and party management.
Each move you make in Tales of the Adventure Company ticks away from the counter at the top of the screen. When you run out, it's game over. When you succeed, you unlock another episode filled with enemies to fight and tiles to uncover. Then you'll keep playing, because it's just that addictive.