*UPDATE*: You may have noticed that the game wasn't working with Wikipedia anymore. This was caused by heightened security standards of Wikipedia that Web Raid Mobile wasn't supporting. Now it does, please update and sorry for the inconvenicence!
Web Raid is a unique dungeon crawler: It turns web pages into dungeons. Everything (really everything up to the placement of every single stone) that you see in the dungeon reflects a web page's sentences. Words are turned into monsters and into the items to fight them. The power and capabilities of monsters and items depend entirely on the word (e.g. "semispherical" turns into a level 13 Black Jaguar and "antidisestablishmentarianism" into a level 36 tarn dragon that's almost impossible to kill). Also, every consonant and vowel in the word plays a role in abilities and character of the monster, or the weight and quality of an item.
Web Raid uses the social platform "Swarm" for 3 leaderboards and 99 achievements waiting to be unlocked. Swarm requires some permissions that may seem intrusive. The game's web page lists and explains them all.
Your goal is to descend into a dungeon of your choice, collect what you can find, kill bad beasts, and return back to the surface to claim the memories of having done so. To succeed you need to carefully select the most fitting armor, weaponry, and magic amulets, utilize your 5 blocks well, and create magic grease to enhance your stuff.
Web Raid Mobile is turn based and doesn't currently feature much animation.
The game comes in two flavors: a free version and a pro version. You get the pro version by buying the "Web Raid Mobile Pro Key" on Google Play (a menu in the game takes you there). New features typically make it into the pro version first. Users of the free version need to wait a few months.
- As many different dungeons as there are (English) web pages, meaning: a lot of them.
- Hundreds of thousands of monsters and items with unique capabilities
- Monsters may pick up stuff, wield weapons, wear armor. Some will follow you, some will act in teams, some will run away or mind their own business.
- Weapons to wield, bows to shoot, armor to wear, magical amulets to speed you up and slow down monsters, spellbooks to read, treasures to collect.
- Armor can be cleverly combined for more protection.
- Every monster and you have an individual weight and speed. Wear the right magical amulets to reduce your weight and increase theirs, and get an advantage in combat.
- Very rare mysterious items with amazing effects.
- Powerful magic system: Pick up spellbooks, cast lowly spells to build up the magic skills to cast the big ones. The small ones are actually just as powerful as the big ones, but less focused, and thus less useful and more dangerous. 19 spells overall (13 free, 6 pro version only)
- Mix your own magic greases for temporary protection against the toughest monsters
- Most game aspects are governed by the five elements of Chinese philosophy (one for each vowel :-) )
- Nine different monster classes with very different behavior
- Five different dungeon styles (mazes, caves, ruins, houses, nethack-style rooms with corridors), 10 different dungeon themes.
- Place blocks or dig holes to get an "unfair advantage" in levels where there's no way out.
- UI supports swiping, pinching (on devices running Android 2.2 or later), short tapping, long tapping, double tapping gestures for easy, fast, convenient gaming.
- Special support for Tablets
- Memories telling you exactly what you've been able to get out of your dungeons.
- Game progress system giving you a lot to reach.
- 3 global leaderboards, 99 achievements.
- Weapon skill system
- Sound and music.
Additional featurese of the pro version:
- Bows and arrows.
Please note that the very nature of the game means that some dungeons are tough while others are easy. Doing more sophisticated balancing would mean not generating everything from the web page.
3.6.1, 3.6.2: Big bugfix! For some time now, while I didn't play Web Raid Mobile, Wikipedia has switched to no longer accept normal (http) sessions but always uses secure (https) sessions. This caused the game to no longer understand Wikipedia. Now it works fine again. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Also: German translation featured magically disappeared Umlauts. Now they work.