Attack on Titan: Assault is a free-to-play mobile game based on the successful anime and manga franchise Attack on Titan. As with its source material, the plot of the game sees human settlements being attacked by terrifying giants, and your job is to assemble a force strong enough to fight them off. As you play, you will level up your characters and earn new weapons and equipment to boost your game.
Attack on Titan: Assault sits alongside titles like My Hero Academia: The Strongest Hero and Dragon Ball Legends that takes the world of a popular anime series and allows the player to step inside and take on the roles of the animated heroes. As is often the case, the differences between such titles tend to be aesthetic; the actual mechanics of Attack on Titan: Assault are very similar to many other mobile RPGs, so fans of the genre should appreciate it.
While Attack on Titan: Assault is based largely around combat, it retains a number of non-fighting mechanics that players will have come to expect from mobile RPGs, particularly those based on anime. You will be able to collect more characters using a "gacha" (vending machine) dynamic, and if you log in every day, you will receive additional bonuses. In addition to the main fights, there are tasks and achievements that you can use to level up your character or simply obtain greater satisfaction as a player.
Captures the visual style of the anime
Attack on Titan: Assault strives to capture the aesthetic of the popular anime, with the characters in its 3D playing field stylised so as to suggest 2D animations. Fans of the anime will find themselves right at home, particularly considering the voice samples that are given to each of the main characters: it really does have the feel of a fight scene from the anime that you can now interact with. The gigantic Titans are the focal point, and all look appropriately monstrous; the hero characters, meanwhile, appear as 2D images on text boxes and look exactly as they do on the series.
A treat for fans of the anime
It goes without saying that a TV tie-in like this will be designed in large part for fans of the source material. A lot of care and effort has clearly gone into Attack on Titan: Assault in terms of replicating the visual style of the anime, but in terms of gameplay, it is rather more conventional.
Still, the RPG mechanics used by the game are familiar and widely used because they work: the gameplay elements of tactical battles, gacha character-collection, daily tasks and regular levelling-up are all concepts that many players find pleasurable and addictive. Attack on Titan: Assault may not be a groundbreaking title, but it is a worthy choice for anybody looking to try out a new mobile RPG.