We all had our favorite games of 2015. My hat is in the ring for either Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom PainXenoblade Chronicles X, or Undertale, but neither of them is the game I sunk the most time into in 2015. That’s a bit surprising considering that Xenoblade Chronicles X is a massive juggernaut of exploration gameplay, but it doesn’t even come close to the number of hours I sunk into Terra Battle.

Yup, this is the year it happened, the year that a mobile free-to-play puzzle RPG sucked me in and turned me into a filthy casual. However, in my defense, Terra Battle is an exceptionally fun game from one of the great gaming masters, Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi. Not to forget, he is backed by an entire host of legendary names like Nobuo Uematsu, Yasumi Matsuno, Yoko Shimomura, Kenji Ito, and Yoshitaka Amano. It’s hard to speak out against the involvement in this game, but Sakaguchi’s little mobile gem is really something fans of the JRPG genre should check out.

I have done so… twice already! I started a game and made a bit of progress, but since I was a dummy, I lost it all when switching phones. I started over from scratch when I picked the game back up in August. In fact, in two days, I will successfully log into this second playthrough 100 consecutive days, and my first game closed out at the 58 day mark. I’ve got nearly half a year crammed into this thing, and my army is nearly unstoppable. The only thing that comes between me and victory is the paywall… and special events with cheating characters who are leveled way beyond my capability!

I almost thought I wouldn’t pick it up again after losing my data, but after getting started, three of my first five characters turned out to be an SS rank, so I figured there is no point in turning them down. Camellia, Gugba. and A’misandra made my progress that much easier, and having some of the game’s most powerful characters in my party from the journey’s beginning was a much more fun experience.

My review is still up, and my opinion hasn’t wavered. I feel a connection with my characters thanks to the fantastic, wholly original art, and the game surprisingly provides a lot of challenges and means of shaking up its formula. Terra Battle is legit, and any fan of JRPGs should check it out. In fact, the only part of my review that has changed is that you can play forever without dropping a cent. After all this time, I haven’t paid a penny to Mistwalker for all the fun I’ve had with this game.

I’m not sure that’s something the team wants to hear, but hopefully, they are listening when I say that this is the studio’s best and most effective game to date, even beating out its big console brethren Lost Odyssey and The Last Story. Why? Because I’m still playing it into 2016, and I don’t see myself stopping.

Unless my Internet connection drops out. Then I have no choice…