Forums General Help Kemco Games unavailable in the European Google Playstore?

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  • #42643
    MaxTheMagelord
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    Howdy fellow users of RPGinsanity (sorry if this sounded wrong, it’s my first thread)

     

    I don’t know if it is only for me, but did Kemco take down their free games from the European Google Play Store? I’ve been an fan of their games since when I was young, because I enjoy RPGs and also because their games were free on the store (they had ads but it was something I could live it, since other stuff was either Gacha stuff or ported games) But today when I wanted to redownload and play them to relive my old times, I realized that for some reason all the free versions including free games like Bonds of the Skies and Machine Knight were gone, except for the trial versions, everything else costs money. However when I consulted a friend from the US about that, he showed me that the free games are actually still available for him, while they aren’t for me. I then looked into it and realized that they are only unavailable in Europe. I tried downloading them by accessing the GPS site through a copied link, and while I was able to download Dragon Lapis and Onigo Hunter, stuff like Antiquia Lost, Ruinverse with ads, Wizards of Brandel, Fairy Elements, Fernz Gate and a lot of other stuff was unavailable due to it being regionlocked apparently. But why did they lock it away from the European Play Store when everything was working fine beforehand? And why did they let the free stuff still stay on the American one?

    I’ll appreciate it if someone can help me find an answer to why they did that. (sorry if the way I have been writing it was incoherent, it’s my first post on the site.)

    Here are some images to show the stuff being unavailable.

    We should have more Spellcaster protagonists, they're as rare as diamonds compared to the swordwielding protagonists who are as common as seashells on the beach - MaxTheMagelord, 10th August 2021

    #42649
    Jesusalva
    Keymaster

    They were unavailable in Brazil, but sad to see that they’re adding more countries to this list D:

     

    However, if you already have the games, you can re-download them; Go to “Manage Apps and Device” in Google Play, select Manage, and change the filter to “NOT INSTALLED”. It should list all apps you once had on your Google Account which aren’t installed, and you can install from there.

     

    As to why they are doing that… No idea. They even removed premium games from Brazil, and we know that UK play store have a dozen premium titles missing (even if it is english…) ─ We have no idea what they are thinking on nor why they did that, nor am I aware of any major policy change from Google Play which would have that effect.

    Jesusalva / Jesusaves (Buy me a coffee!) / (Sponsor the website!)

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    #42650
    Victar
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    This is only speculation, but it’s quite possible that Kemco is not making enough money off their free-with-ads games to justify keeping those versions around. Especially if their contracts with advertisers have ended, and if they can’t find enough advertisers to sign new contracts.

    Again, I’m only guessing, but I’ve seen a similar pattern on Twitch. They used to give free Twitch bits in exchange for watching ads (at least in the US); they don’t do that anymore. They’re just not getting enough money from advertisers to justify it.

    Fernz Gate is a game that I recommend purchasing outright. It has an excellent battle system. Console versions  of Fernz Gate have a higher price tag, but console versions include the bonus dungeons that are in-app purchases in the mobile version.

    Favorite RPG of all time: Journey to Kreisia (by Exe-Create)

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    #42651
    MaxTheMagelord
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    I suppose it makes sense that they would take down the free versions due to them not giving enough revenue, but it still doesn’t really explain why the free versions are still available in some specific countries.

     

    Speaking of Fernz Gate, what difficulty would you recommend? I remember picking Extreme (or whatever the hardest difficulty was) and got promptly oneshot by Belthezar in the first turns (or couldn’t manage to do something significant to him) so I’m kinda concerned with Kemco games that give me more than 2 Difficulty options.

    We should have more Spellcaster protagonists, they're as rare as diamonds compared to the swordwielding protagonists who are as common as seashells on the beach - MaxTheMagelord, 10th August 2021

    #42652
    Victar
    Participant

    It’s possible that Kemco has different advertiser contracts in different countries. Depending on the terms of the contracts, Kemco may be obligated to keep the free-with-ads games available in certain countries for longer.

    I recommend trying Hard difficulty on Fernz Gate.

    When I started playing Fernz Gate on Normal, I annihilated the very first boss in a single super-meter attack. I turned the difficulty up to Hard, and thought it was a good balance. While the game was quite challenging on Hard, I reached the True Ending without doing any extra level grinding (other than completing sidequests) and while keeping the encounter rate at one-half for every new dungeon.

    I didn’t attempt any of the optional postgame areas or bosses that encourage grinding up to level 999, so I don’t know how well Hard works for that.

    Favorite RPG of all time: Journey to Kreisia (by Exe-Create)

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    #42654
    Cainohpue
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    Among the earlier Exe Create games with a level cap of 999, “Fernz Gate” is one where stats maximization can be accomplished much faster, though at level 999 alone, you should be able to one-shot everything (even on the highest difficulty setting) except for the most difficult optional boss. I think you should just play with the setting that feels the most comfortable to you. There aren’t any achievements tied to the difficulty setting. No one except you knows the difficulty setting you’re playing on, so either take it easy or challenge yourself, it’s completely up to you.

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    #42661
    MaxTheMagelord
    Participant

    Ok, thank you all for answering my question regarding the removal of the free Kemco games! I’ll make sure to buy Fernz Gate, do you guys perhaps have any other good suggestions? I kinda caught an eye on Miden Tower, is it worth buying?

    We should have more Spellcaster protagonists, they're as rare as diamonds compared to the swordwielding protagonists who are as common as seashells on the beach - MaxTheMagelord, 10th August 2021

    #42662
    Victar
    Participant

    Journey to Kreisia is my personal favorite, mostly for its isekai story. It has has a very slight story connection to Fernz Gate.

    Your signature implies that you’re interested in spellcaster protagonists, so I’d recommend Unlucky Hero (the Nintendo 3DS version is called Unlucky Mage). Jasper is one of the most memorable protagonists I’ve seen in any RPG, and not just because he’s a mage living in a world where mages are widely scorned.

    Those are both Exe-Create games. The Hit-Point game that I remember most fondly is Justice Chronicles, although be warned that it’s grindy and has required crafting. Pretty much every Hit-Point game I’ve seen (other than their ultra-short “Pocket RPG” series) is grindy and has required crafting.

    Favorite RPG of all time: Journey to Kreisia (by Exe-Create)

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    #42663
    Cainohpue
    Participant

    If you want a spellcaster protagonist in an Exe Create game, then apart from Unlucky Hero/Mage, “Wizards of Brandel” should be up your alley. The protagonist borrowed too much money in order to finance his magic research; it’s a nice little side gimmick that you can pay back the borrowed money over the course of the game.

    “Miden Tower” is one of my favorite Exe Create games, I think you won’t regret giving it a chance (if you’re up for a – well executed – revenge story). By the way, don’t be fooled by the title: While the whole game actually takes place inside a tower, said tower serves as a complete JRPG world, so it’s not any different from other Exe Create games in this regard.

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    #42668
    Jesusalva
    Keymaster

    And you might also want to give Fortuna Magus a go for a quick game with spell casting protagonist (it’s really short). From WWS studio, very different from others.

    Legend of Ixtona is my recommendation for SRPG (strategy RPG) but protagonist actually only shows up in the middle of the story.

     

    Technically Asdivine Dios, Menace and Kamura protagonists are spell users.

    The Magitec games I know have job system so it’s not really fixed.

     

    Wait, this isn’t a thread for… Ah, whatever 😅

    Jesusalva / Jesusaves (Buy me a coffee!) / (Sponsor the website!)

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