Trion Worlds has been at the forefront of social media integration
since early on in the development of Rift, and they show no signs of
slowing down. Their newest foray into bridging the gap between real
life and their gaming worlds comes in the form of the newly released
Rift Mobile App. Released several days before any real PR or
announcement, the app is still technically a beta release and available
only for iOS devices.
Let’s take a look at the app itself and see what it brings to the
The Rift Mobile App requires a game account to use, but at launch it
isn’t requiring it to be active – expect that to change shortly though
as the app gains traction. Once you have logged in you are taken to a
screen that shows a complete list of all your characters on their
various shards. Choosing a character advances you into the main section
where you can switch between the 5 available functions.
The first window is a simple interface screen that shows you any guild
members or friends from your friend list that are online. Tapping a
name loads you into a screen that will allow you to send and
receive private messages.
Guild Chat -
Pretty much exactly what you would think, The Guild Chat window allows
you to interact with everyone that is online at the time. Players in
game will know you are using the mobile app thanks to a special symbol
that appears next to your name. One neat feature that I found
is that you are able to see earlier conversations as long as you have a
character selected and set to “online” in the app, even when you aren’t
actively using the guild chat feature.
Guild Info -
The Guild Info tab displays the Message of the Day as well as any
recent wall posts that have been left. One of the more advanced, but
often underused features is Rift; the Guild Wall is a virtual bulletin
board that can be used to leave static messages for members. It is also
a great way to leave raid info, quest info or anything else that
warrants being “stickied” and can be a great alternative to web based
Zone Events -
One of the sweet spots in the app, Zone Events is a notification system
that keeps players up to date on special happenings throughout the
world of Telara. Setup is simple as you run through the list of all
Rift’s zones and check the ones you would like to monitor.
This isn’t a permanent monitoring system though, and you will need to
set the duration each time it expires – you can monitor in various time
blocks from 1 to 24 hours. Notifications will pop up in an
overlay even if you have exited the application, so you are sure never
to miss an invasion or special event.
The most unique part of the app is the mini-game portion called
Lootables. Lootables are three lottery-like scratchers that award you
various in-game rewards if you’re lucky. I have won planarite,
Malevolent Wrights and various crafting items, so consider me hooked.
Each scratch costs 1 credit with 6 credits being given initially and a
new credit being awarded every hour until 6 are stored. Crafty
Critters is my personal favorite as you have the most chances to win,
however the payout is the most pedestrian of the three.