Crusaders of the Lost Idols was one of the most played games on Kongregate.com when they had the genius idea to port it for iOS. But maybe we should clarify what exactly is a clicker/idle game first. Incremental games, also called idler games, clicker games or clicking games, are video games where the gameplay consists of clicking on the screen repeatedly to gain currency.
This gets quickly boring so we have the chance to to obtain items or abilities that increase the rate at which the currency accrues. Eventually, the game “clicks” itself. This reminds me of a famous infomercial for a chicken roasting oven: “Set it and forget it!”. When it comes to games of this genre, you may have heard of Cookie Clicker.
But back to Crusaders of the Lost Idols. When it comes to idle game, you usually don’t need to strategically put your avatars into place. So this is the only clicker/idle game to feature a formation system. Each crusaders have distinctive powers and their impact varies. Using them wisely as a part of various combinations will make you skip through the levels crazy fast. This is the reason it’s indispensable to know the qualities of each of your Crusaders. Particularly how great their aptitudes will become as they level up.
But don’t get overwhelmed by the technicalities too much since as you advance, you also get tips and tricks on how to best place your crusaders. On each level you get a new objective, such as killing 10 creatures, just because they seem like they deserved it, or collecting a tractor.
In this game you can collect a bunch of characters inspired by the world of video games and popular culture. While you have access to unlocking over 30 of them at the moment, more are added every month. The game stays fresh and current since each day we are challenged to complete mini-objectives and limited time events.
The game is also available on Steam. Not only that, but you can simultaneously play on PC, seamlessly between mobile and desktop. I almost found annoying the constant clinking of coins obtained; I’m getting so right, so fast! The screen gets quickly busy with a mess of dropped coins and foes to slay so this is definitely a fast-paced game.
It is possible to fail at this clicker game. Maybe you’re taking on enemies too strong for you and your trust team of crusaders can only fall one after another. Fear not though, if you want to revive the crusaders, you simply need to go to the previous level.
As you progress, you will be rewarded with chests. But you should try and be patient, as when you open the chest is more important than when you get the chest. If you open a chest you have received after defeating the level 20 boss when you reach level 30, the gold rewards will match the values of the level you are at.
What I loved the most about this game is you can truly leave it alone for an entire week, then come back to it and it will have progressed. Of course some aspect of the game will still need your active input: crusaders aren’t gonna level up themselves! But it’s very rewarding to leave the game alone for a day or two and come back with millions of coins to spend.
Crusaders of the Lost Idols has surprisingly few ads for a free game. You do have the opportunity for nice bonuses should you opt to watch one, but other than that I barely noticed them at all.
Nancy loves cherry flavored lemonade, soft nougat, warm slippers and reviewing iOS games. She also owns Pookybox.com where she writes more articles about the wonderful world of gaming on mobile.