I'm just going to come out and say it: Wayward Souls [$6.99] is my favorite iOS game. Yes, we picked it as our Game of the Year back in 2014, and yes we awarded it 5 stars in our original review, and yes it's been critically acclaimed by tons and tons of gamers since its release, so maybe that statement isn't all that surprising. However, there are SO many fantastic games on mobile that it makes it hard to boil it all down to just one favorite, but I think I've finally decided that Wayward Souls deserves that honor. I mean, just writing about it or even thinking about it makes me want to instantly start playing, which I will be doing just as soon as I'm done with this post, by the way.

Anyway, Wayward Souls has been updated a ton over the years, and as was hinted at in an update this past December and has been planned for even longer than that by developer Rocketcat Games, one big final update is coming that will add the Paladin class to the game complete with its own separate story campaign and crazy new difficulty levels. This weekend Rocketcat posted some early footage of the Paladin class in action. This first video is a brief run that pretty quickly ends in death, and is accidentally captured at 24fps so it's a bit choppy (the game itself runs at 60fps, fyi). This second video is a lenghtier run (nearly 10 minutes) that also ultimately ends up in death. Both videos are a joy to watch for Wayward Souls fans anxious for the Paladin update.

Ah, exciting stuff I tell ya. The only problem with getting excited for this new Paladin update is that we aren't too sure when we'll get to actually play it. Rocketcat tries to be careful about giving hard dates for stuff as timelines for game development can change on a whim due to all sorts of circumstances. The good news is that Rocketcat making videos of the Paladin in action is a sign that things are moving along quite well, so hopefully that final 10% of polishing up and playtesting won't take too long and we'll be able to play as the Paladin ourselves in the near future. There should actually be more Paladin videos coming this week, so keep an eye on Rocketcat's Youtube channel and once we have a more specific timeline for the release of this update we'll let you know.

  • Gurney Halleck

    Yes! Finally!! The Paladin class gameplay looks dope!

  • Mrbestapps

    How long do plays last in this game? Considering buying it but I don't really want a game which takes ages to get to the last spot you died at.

    • http://adamsimmersive.com Adams Immersive

      You do have to keep starting each level over (and at least for me it gets very hard) but once you beat a boss and unlock a new level, you can start from there at will. Each "level" is pretty extensive. Maybe 20-40 minutes? I never timed them. I think there are 3 or 4 of them but I can't quite beat even the 2nd!

    • Rohit Bhatia

      First Run Maybe 10 minutes if you too good. The difficulty is like of Dark Souls. I am still stuck in 3rd stage but you will get good from trying again and again.

    • Dawn Stung atoms

      The game is semi-permadeath.

      Each floor takes about 5 mins. The game is initially divided into 5, 7, and 8-floor checkpoints with different bosses. After that, the 20-floor Labyrinth finale is available.

      There's also an unlockable abridged 6-floor Gauntlet mode where everything is tougher and bosses have more health. This is the mode that I play the most now because it's shorter to get back after death.

  • korossyl

    Is this the game whose price goes up with every update? That's such a cool -- sensible -- pricing model.

    • Dawn Stung atoms

      Yup. This, and Death Road to Canada.

  • ociris

    I think they should add a cloud save for progress, especially the hats. When I changed gadgets, it was sad to see that all the hats I collected were not carried over.

  • Rohit Bhatia

    "even thinking about it makes me want to instantly start playing" screams ME. I totally agree with you Jared.

  • ScotDamn

    Even since Ive mostly moved on to console and PC gaming, I still consider WS my favorite game. It NEEDS to be on PS4!

  • cowtruck123

    I love this game. Would love to see it come to Nintendo Switch.