Recently, a new free game, Ludo Zenith, became available for Android devices on the Google Play Store. The Japanese mega-game publisher Square Enix produced Ludo Zenith in collaboration with the India-based developer JetSynthesys. For those who don’t know, Square Enix is the publisher of several world-famous games, including Final Fantasy, Marvel’s Avengers, Tomb Raider, Dragon Quest, and Just Cause. On the other hand, JetSynthesys is the maker of the popular Sachin Cricket Saga game. The company recently acquired Nautilus, the developer of the Real Cricket franchise.
Ludo Zenith is a new version of the popular strategy board game Ludo. While the game was released on the App Store for iOS users on March 15th, here is our review of the Android version of Ludo Zenith, which was released on February 18th.
We tried this game by searching for “Ludo Zenith” in the Google Play Store and installing it. To date, we can see that Ludo Zenith has over 100,000 installs with a 4.3 star rating.
How to install Ludo Zenith on an Android smartphone:
- Open the Google Play Store on your smartphone.
- At the top, tap the “Search for apps and games” bar.
- Find Ludo Zenith.
- Tap “Install” to download and install the game (game size – 70MB).
When we first opened the game we were asked to choose our city. Later in the game we found an area that showed our city rankings which gave us a sense of competition and motivation within our area.
In terms of gameplay, Ludo Zenith makes playing Ludo very interesting. First of all, it is an online 2-player game as opposed to the classic 4-player game. That aspect makes this game as exciting as some other PvP (player vs. player) games. The graphics are colorful and very attractive.
This game might even be addicting if you are one of those board game lovers. Unlike many other Ludo games available on the Google Play Store, Ludo Zenith takes a completely different approach with 3D arenas and characters with special superpowers.
The colorful 3D arenas in which the board and characters (pens) are placed come into their full elements when users change angles or zoom in / out during the game. To return to the standard view, simply tap the camera icon once.
First of all, the game offers three different characters (herrings) to choose from. Rabbit has the ability to move twice as much as the die roll. Turtle can protect itself from enemy attacks. Finally, there is Rhino, which can capture all enemies in its own way. Users can only use these super powers when the character’s energy is full. The characters’ energy bar is filled with energy dice, which give one of the two players some energy each time the dice are rolled.
Shortly before the game starts, users can also select special dice that they can only roll three times during a game. There are currently four specialty dice available, and all of them have numbers over 6, which is another new concept that Ludo Zenith is introducing. While some of the custom cubes can be purchased in in-app currency, users can also request custom cubes by watching an ad.
Since this is a freemium game, there are several other areas where you will see ads, in-app currency purchases, and in-app purchases with real money. In-app buying is primarily for buying the in-app currency (coins) and prices range from Rs. 10 to Rs. 3,999, but note that you are not forced to make purchases. The in-app currency (coins) is used to enter some of the higher tier arenas and purchase specialty cubes. You can earn them for free by logging into the game every day, winning a match or watching an ad for a bonus. The game also takes a life to participate in a match that you lose if you lose a match. Once the three lives are over, you will need to watch an ad to get one or wait until the next day to get three lives as a daily sign-up bonus. Each game gives users experience points to level up, after which they also receive reward items such as coins. The starter pack which currently only costs Rs. 89, comes with 5 special dice, 2,500 coins and an ad-free experience for 30 days.
Aside from playing with strangers, you can also play with your friends using a code sharing system that just works. You can host a game by giving your friend the code the game gives you. To play a game your friend is hosting, you can tap the “Play with a Friend” section of the game, enter the six-digit code and tap “JOIN GAME”. Another way to connect with your friends is to link your Facebook account to the game. This is a great way to save your progress and check your friends’ progress on the leaderboard.
The game has a unique ranking system with 6 ranks: Training, D, C, B, A and S. While the training rank consists of ten subsections, all other ranks have three sub-levels. When you have increased your rank, you can unlock a new arena to play in. For full details on the different types of leaderboards, analysis and previous game details, please tap “Player Profile” at the top of the home screen.
In the settings menu, users can toggle music and SFX on and off. While the game is set to right-handed by default, there is an option to change it to left-handed mode, which moves the dice from the lower right corner to the lower left corner when playing a game.
Users can change their player tags by going to the player tags section of the game. Player tags are unlocked by completing objectives both inside and outside the game. You can select a player tag that you want to wear from all previously activated player tags. Your player day is displayed shortly before a game along with your username, rank, city and win rate.
Install now: Ludo Zenith
With all of these features, Ludo Zenith is undoubtedly an action packed board game. Since the game is designed for children ages 3 and up, it is safer for children to play although it was not designed specifically for them.
After trying out several board games available in the Google Play Store, Ludo Zenith clearly stands out from the rest with its 3D arenas, characters and many other unique features.