League of Wonderland plays a lot like Clash Royale. Both players will compete in a short game with the objective to destroy two of their opponent’s towers. Games are less than two minutes, and players are encouraged to think quickly if they want to succeed. Unlike most gacha games, League of Wonderland is wildly fast-paced. Games can be won or lost in literally seconds, so players will need their full attention and wits to climb the ladder.
I was surprised at the amount of strategy needed to do well in this game. League of Wonderland requires a fine balance of offense and defense. Knowing which towers to hit is also something players will need to consider. Players attack and defend with minions. Every type of minion has strengths and weaknesses, leading to a rock-paper-scissors mechanic. Large minions are weak to minions that swarm, and those minions are weak against projectiles. Players can also interact a bit by using draw attacks, which allows players to trace where certain minions will use special attacks.
The gameplay is quite enjoyable and ideal for a mobile game. The controls are simple and the short matches allow players to drop in and out with ease. I found that there were multiple moments when the frame rate would drop significantly. Your mileage may vary depending on your device, but I’ve never had this issue with more intensive games like Honkai Impact 3rd. The game isn’t as optimized as it could be, but it isn’t unplayable.
While League of Wonderland is generous with giving out packs and currency, it’s hard to say for sure if this game will be f2p friendly. The abundance of packs could just be a part of an early campaign, but there does seem to multiple daily ways to easily acquire packs. Still, players that spend money will likely climb much faster than those who don’t, especially considering that this game only exists for PvP. Players will often run into those who just have better minions. It happens, but those who don’t get discouraged will still find plenty to love in this game.
Your minions will grow as you play with a sort of bonding system. Your bond with minions can also grow by opening duplicates in packs. Leveling units and your own player level are the keys to success. The progression system is satisfying, balancing unit growth, daily missions, and of course, packs. The meat and potatoes of the game is the ladder, so those who are looking for other modes won’t find much that interests them. There are also month-long seasons with rewards as well, encouraging constant play. Still, this is a game that can be enjoyed casually or competitively. It is perfectly viable as a side gacha game.
As if the fine gameplay wasn’t enough, League of Wonderland is a great looking game that fully embraces its theme. The character art is gorgeous, with a fun style that embraces the fairytale theme. The graphics are above average, and fun tunes and sound effects compliment the exciting visuals. The presentation and menus come in a comic book format, which I enjoyed quite a bit.
League of Wonderland is a fine Clash Royale clone that is both fun and f2p friendly. The gacha is fair and there are plenty of packs to pull with. Those who are looking for a new mobile gacha game probably can’t go wrong with the one.