It's been quite a year for Dragon Quest [$2.99] games on iOS, and with all of those games comes a whole lot of slime-smashing. Those cute, nearly-harmless, little blue gumdrops with a perpetual smile sure take a lot of abuse from the would-be heroes of RPG worlds, and maybe it's time for a little payback. So goes the story of indie strategy RPG Ambition Of The Slimes [Free] from developer Masaya Takahashi. It's available for free in the App Store right now, with one little catch: It's entirely in Japanese. Worry not, however, because the App Store description says that English will be coming in the next update. It's a little tricky to navigate at the moment if you can't read anything, but it doesn't cost you anything to try, I suppose. If you'd rather wait, let me give you a few more details to hold you over.

Humans have done a poor job taking care of the Earth, and their absurd, unfounded aggression against the largely peaceful slimes of the world will stand no longer. Unfortunately, since slimes can't use Twitter, they're going to have raise a protest the old-fashioned way. Yes, as has been the custom in slime culture going back to ancient times, the slimes are going to sidle up alongside the enemy and jam themselves down their throats to take control of their bodies and kill their friends. It may lack elegance, but you can't argue with its efficiency.

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If you've played Final Fantasy Tactics [$13.99 / $15.99 (HD)], you'll have the basic idea of how this game works. You're put on an isometric playing field divided into squares on a grid, and need to use your units to take out all of the enemies. Certain types of terrain offer advantages, but a slime versus a human in one-on-one combat is going to end badly no matter how much high ground you have. Instead, you need to move next to a human and use your possession command to jump down their throats. After that, you have control of that unit until the bitter end, and can make full use of its abilities. If the unit dies with your slime inside, you lose that slime. Certain slimes have abilities that enable them to move around the battlefield more quickly or give certain bonuses to possessed units, but you'll only have access to the slimes you're able to recruit during the course of the game.

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The game offers IAPs in the form of items that enable you to resurrect your slime if they fall in battle and an item that guarantees you a nice slime drop after a battle. It's a fairly difficult game, so if you're not so good at strategy RPGs, those items might be useful, but so far I've had no trouble making my way through without them as long as I don't run in without a plan. There are also ads that run at the top of the screen during gameplay, and as far as I could see, there's no way to remove them. We'll have a full review of Ambition Of The Slimes when the English update arrives, but if you're feeling adventurous, you can give it a try right now.

  • spader623

    A SRPG F2P game? Weird... But it sounds pretty fun. Hopefully an ENGLISH patch comes soon. I wonder why it's not paid though.

    • blueshoe

      The ads can be turned off after buying any of the IAP.

  • curtneedsaride

    Ads on top of gameplay? IAP to resurrect characters in a hard game?! I love the graphics, but I'll stick with Final Fantasy Tactics for my SRPG needs I guess.

  • http://jesse-dylan.livejournal.com Jesse_Dylan

    This looks so cool! Can it really compete with something like FF Tactics, though?

    I have been enjoying Fairune, which I actually do think competes favorably as a semi-Zelda-style game, so maybe it's possible. I am a sucker for this type of visual.

  • baldeagle86

    Looks fun and an original idea! Excited for the English release, can't you just turn of the cellular data for the app to remove ads?

    • Dailon Huskey

      Never thought of that but I will try.

  • Dailon Huskey

    I saw this the other day and kind of passed it over but after reading this i may have to give it a go. I'm huge into final fantasy tactics so might as well try it out, thanks.

  • blueshoe

    Ha, finally a good use for my Japanese language abilities...!

  • Nick Teiss

    This game is really fun! I've manage to go through the game a bit with try and error at first since i can't read japanese.Thought, I'm to the point in the game that translation is needed. I have a bunch of different slimes but don't know exactly what they do. Any insight of when the patch is coming out?

    • blueshoe

      I've created an English guide that includes directions on how to remove ads and what the slime abilities are. Last time I posted it in the comments, it was deleted, though. I guess must be a violation of some TouchArcade posting policy? Not sure if there's some way to direct message you with the link.

      • Nick Teiss

        oh yeah i want! too bad we can't message people directly

      • blueshoe

        Hmm...well, the dev linked to the guide at the top of the description in the App Store and Google Play. If you visit one of them now, should be able to find it.

      • Nick Teiss

        Oh yeah, I saw that website earlier but it was before you added the slimes descriptions. The one that strips "weapons" is the one i wanted to know. Thank you!