Mobile developer Corélane has just released an iPhone version of their mobile role playing game Opal's Quest [App Store] through the App Store.

Unleash your imagination in Opal's Quest, a medieval fantasy RPG, and explore the Faerhen Earths in search of your worst enemy, the cruel troll Mephisto.

Visit many towns and villages, and travel through deep forests, forgotten ruins and hidden dungeons. During your journey, you will have to battle fearsome creatures, avoid deadly traps and resolve many riddles, but fortunately you will meet friendly and weird characters ready to help you in your quest.

Pocket Gamer took a brief look at the mobile title back in 2006.

How better to take a break from the trials of DIY and the labyrinthine halls of HomeBase this Easter than to gather together your sword, bow and potions, and head off into the world of Faerhen Earths in search of your arch enemy, the troll Mephisto?

This colourful-looking game promises many hours of exploratory action through villages, forests, mines and dungeons, with a host of helpful folk to meet en route. You'll be grateful for their assistance too, as, in addition to the usual fearsome array of monsters to battle (including orcs, chelobs and dwarf shadows) and problems to solve (look out for switches, traps and secret passages), you'll have to contend with real time weather!

Features listed by the developer:

  • Explore many interior and exterior places, from towns and villages to forests, ruins, mines and dungeons.
  • Resolve many riddles, and use your mind as well as your sword.
  • Drink mimic potions to take your enemies appearance and fool them.
  • Battle fearsome monsters, like Dwarf Shadows, Chelobs, Orcs, and many more.
  • Use your environment, switches and mechanisms to enable or disable traps, open doors and find secret passages. Use them, but use them judiciously.
  • Level up your equipment in shops: buy powerful swords, tough armours, bows, magical scrolls and potions.
  • Meet many friendly and funny characters who will guide you through your quest.
  • Beware of poison, fire and ice threats. They can affect your enemies, but you too.
  • Fight Mephisto and save your beloved Celenha!

Opal's Quest is controlled with an onscreen directional pad and various other touch controls.  The graphics are colorful but pixellated, a translation from the lower resolution mobile handsets.  And while the menus feature an audio track, the game itself is silent, unfortunately.

Opal's Quest is available for a limited time introductory price of $0.99 (the standard price will be $2.99).

The developer provides a gameplay video of the mobile handset version.

UPDATE: Early reader experiences have not been positive.

App Store Link: Opal's Quest, $0.99

  • Kevin

    id rather stay with the quest

  • Kevin

    id rather stay with the quest

  • Master Shake

    Danger Will Robinson Danger!

    Stay away from this one folks.

  • Master Shake

    Danger Will Robinson Danger!

    Stay away from this one folks.

  • Kamazar

    Looks like a crappy GBA game. I'd rather go with the popular and world-renowned (ok, maybe a bit of a stretch) Quest. If I were in RPGs that much.

  • Kamazar

    Looks like a crappy GBA game. I'd rather go with the popular and world-renowned (ok, maybe a bit of a stretch) Quest. If I were in RPGs that much.

  • David Galvan

    I have a question for the authors of toucharcade: Have you guys considered implementing some sort of rating system to go with your reviews? I'm imagining something like an x out of 5 stars rating. I like that you try to just give the facts and let the users decide, and I often see times when you clearly state that this or that game is "worth the price", but I think you could improve the service you already provide by establishing a rating standard. As far as I know, toucharcade is among the most popular sites for people who follow iphone/itouch games, and with such an audience it would be good to start building a rating system that can be used to compare one game to another.

    To make it more objective, you could even break it up into categories like they do over at gamespot or ign. Maybe one category would be "polish", another would "graphics", another "sound", "replayability", etc.

    It seems from the customer testimonies that this game (Opal's Quest) is not worth a buy. But you guys could make that more clear by giving it a low rating in sound and grahics, for instance.

  • David Galvan

    I have a question for the authors of toucharcade: Have you guys considered implementing some sort of rating system to go with your reviews? I'm imagining something like an x out of 5 stars rating. I like that you try to just give the facts and let the users decide, and I often see times when you clearly state that this or that game is "worth the price", but I think you could improve the service you already provide by establishing a rating standard. As far as I know, toucharcade is among the most popular sites for people who follow iphone/itouch games, and with such an audience it would be good to start building a rating system that can be used to compare one game to another.

    To make it more objective, you could even break it up into categories like they do over at gamespot or ign. Maybe one category would be "polish", another would "graphics", another "sound", "replayability", etc.

    It seems from the customer testimonies that this game (Opal's Quest) is not worth a buy. But you guys could make that more clear by giving it a low rating in sound and grahics, for instance.

  • rich_952000

    Ok, I have quest, fun game.

    @Kevin, Master Shake and Kamazaar:
    Any of you guys got this? Had this game been released 3 months ago there would have been tons of people all over it. I mean give it a chance.

  • rich_952000

    Ok, I have quest, fun game.

    @Kevin, Master Shake and Kamazaar:
    Any of you guys got this? Had this game been released 3 months ago there would have been tons of people all over it. I mean give it a chance.

  • arn

    @David

    Thanks for the opinions. This was more of an announcement post than a review post. Those tend to be distinct. Announcement posts generally don't give much of an opinion because we frequently haven't played the game enough to form an opinion. We do this for certain types of titles. As it turns out, this one turned out to be a bit of a dud.

    Our actual review posts, however, tend to be more subjective and we do give a strong recommendation or qualified recommendation. For those posts a rating system is possible but not one we've implemented because of the vagaries of those systems. You point to IGN's system but I don't like their system. We may have to look into a more abbreviated system.

    arn

  • arn

    @David

    Thanks for the opinions. This was more of an announcement post than a review post. Those tend to be distinct. Announcement posts generally don't give much of an opinion because we frequently haven't played the game enough to form an opinion. We do this for certain types of titles. As it turns out, this one turned out to be a bit of a dud.

    Our actual review posts, however, tend to be more subjective and we do give a strong recommendation or qualified recommendation. For those posts a rating system is possible but not one we've implemented because of the vagaries of those systems. You point to IGN's system but I don't like their system. We may have to look into a more abbreviated system.

    arn

  • http://www.fdg-entertainment.com Future777

    Purchased this at the moment I saw it online. I like the graphics (being a retro/classic console fan). The first option I chose was "Change HUD" because the squeezed D-pad looks strange. If there would be more music and some bugfixes it can be a really nice game!

  • http://www.fdg-entertainment.com Future777

    Purchased this at the moment I saw it online. I like the graphics (being a retro/classic console fan). The first option I chose was "Change HUD" because the squeezed D-pad looks strange. If there would be more music and some bugfixes it can be a really nice game!

  • James

    I cant believe turd like this is still getting reviewed, when truly quality new games are out daily.

  • James

    I cant believe turd like this is still getting reviewed, when truly quality new games are out daily.

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    James: As Arnold pointed out, this isn't a review but an announcement post. There are several other RPG in the App Store of this style and many readers have enjoyed them. Neither Arnold nor I have any real experience with this one, but it's been deployed on a number of mobile handsets and seemed worth an FYI to readers.

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    James: As Arnold pointed out, this isn't a review but an announcement post. There are several other RPG in the App Store of this style and many readers have enjoyed them. Neither Arnold nor I have any real experience with this one, but it's been deployed on a number of mobile handsets and seemed worth an FYI to readers.

  • James

    I suppose thats fair enough, but I'd just like to see more announcements of more upto date games, with decent graphics.. rather than ports of games with really poor graphics that were released 15+ years ago :) Fair enough if they are modernised etc

  • James

    I suppose thats fair enough, but I'd just like to see more announcements of more upto date games, with decent graphics.. rather than ports of games with really poor graphics that were released 15+ years ago :) Fair enough if they are modernised etc

  • spiffyone

    Why are people comparing this to The Quest? The Quest is an RPG. This seems to me to be an action/adventure along the lines of Legend of Zelda. Two very different genres.

    Are there any other LoZ like action/adventure games on this platform? No? Then a buck ain't bad, or wouldn't be if the port wasn't so poor. The game isn't bad, but the port is, however. The graphics should have been touched up and there should have been a soundtrack added. Hopefully an update come to flesh this thing out.

  • spiffyone

    Why are people comparing this to The Quest? The Quest is an RPG. This seems to me to be an action/adventure along the lines of Legend of Zelda. Two very different genres.

    Are there any other LoZ like action/adventure games on this platform? No? Then a buck ain't bad, or wouldn't be if the port wasn't so poor. The game isn't bad, but the port is, however. The graphics should have been touched up and there should have been a soundtrack added. Hopefully an update come to flesh this thing out.

  • Steve

    What the heck for 0.99c I'll take a chance.
    I'll post a Youtube video of it in a day or two.
    (I think I'll buy anything for 0.99c lately!)

    Steve

  • Steve

    What the heck for 0.99c I'll take a chance.
    I'll post a Youtube video of it in a day or two.
    (I think I'll buy anything for 0.99c lately!)

    Steve

  • rich_952000

    @Steve, you TOFTT? No? Ulu oughtta be ,)

  • rich_952000

    @Steve, you TOFTT? No? Ulu oughtta be ,)

  • Steve

    Yeah, I bought it. It's really not too bad. BUT I will be complaining about the movement controls and the sword/action button. I've only played it for about an hour so far now. Trying to get a some stuff done at work today!
    I'll wait until tomorrow to review it after I have more time into the game.

    Steve

  • Steve

    Yeah, I bought it. It's really not too bad. BUT I will be complaining about the movement controls and the sword/action button. I've only played it for about an hour so far now. Trying to get a some stuff done at work today!
    I'll wait until tomorrow to review it after I have more time into the game.

    Steve

  • Fredde

    This could be great. I mean Final Fantasy IV had even worse graphics but it´s non the less brilliant. A game doesn't need to be crap just because the graphic is a little dated, chronotrigger and countless other examples prove that.

    The only RPG worth while (in my opinion) on the appstore is Vay - a real Jrpg with a great storyline.

    And it´s not a zelda game if there is a storyline and you have stats that you upon gathering xp use to level upp and thus improving said stats.

    If you dont have enough information - dont rule it out.

  • Fredde

    This could be great. I mean Final Fantasy IV had even worse graphics but it´s non the less brilliant. A game doesn't need to be crap just because the graphic is a little dated, chronotrigger and countless other examples prove that.

    The only RPG worth while (in my opinion) on the appstore is Vay - a real Jrpg with a great storyline.

    And it´s not a zelda game if there is a storyline and you have stats that you upon gathering xp use to level upp and thus improving said stats.

    If you dont have enough information - dont rule it out.

  • Fredde

    I´m not saying this game is good but that you should not as always judge a book by it´s cover.

  • Fredde

    I´m not saying this game is good but that you should not as always judge a book by it´s cover.

  • Ataru

    Apple desperately need some quality control. Somehow developers keep finding new ways to lower the already dismally low standards.

  • Ataru

    Apple desperately need some quality control. Somehow developers keep finding new ways to lower the already dismally low standards.

  • Forum Name: Jesse Arcadia

    Gotta say I vote for keeping your current review system. Stars and such way distort things. Your current approach, with small, succinct synopses at the end of your reviews, takes a micro-second longer to read, but is a billion times more informative.

  • Forum Name: Jesse Arcadia

    Gotta say I vote for keeping your current review system. Stars and such way distort things. Your current approach, with small, succinct synopses at the end of your reviews, takes a micro-second longer to read, but is a billion times more informative.