mailAt GDC, we had the pleasure of speaking with mobile game company Gamevil. This Korean-based gaming company has been around since 2000 and has focused only on mobile platforms since 2004.

Their first iPhone game was Baseball Superstars [$4.99, Lite], a well received sports game in an under-represented category on the iPhone.

Gamevil has been continuing to offer regular updates to the game and told us that they have been following our forums very closely to address concerns and criticisms. The latest Baseball Superstars update is due on April 1st and includes enhancements in the sprite graphics and eases up on the difficulty level of the game. New features include:

  • Overall graphic upgrade
  • Day/Night time backgrounds (depending on your local time)
  • G-Points needed to unlock special characters have been significantly reduced.
  • Coca Cola logo has been inserted in the background. (Coca Cola – Gamevil alliance)

Zenonia

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Gamevil also revealed that they are bringing their Zenonia aciton-RPG to the iPhone. Zenonia is a successful existing Korean mobile title that has already sold over 600,000 copies. The game appears to be a very deep RPG with many nice details including day/night changes, slower movement when carrying many items, as well as the usual leveling up system, and skill upgrades.

mail-1Some features listed by the developer include:

  • Day/Night changing
  • Hunger System
  • Choose between Good or Evil as you play through the game -- Game story will change depending on which path you choose.
  • Zenonia will offer over 40 hours of gameplay. We managed to get an early copy of the game which is still in development. The game is mostly complete, however, with the exception of language-localization.

    Controls use a relatively standard virtual D-Pad for movement and an attack/action button. Additional attacks and skills can be mapped to other virtual buttons along the bottom of the screen.

    We recorded this gameplay video showing basic attacking, leveling up and skills upgrades:


    [ Full HD version | Low Bandwidth version ]

    Zenonia will likely be released in the next couple of months.

    • dunkee

      Hope they include virtual analog like Hero of Sparta.

      • jake

        Its more of a d-pad

    • dunkee

      Hope they include virtual analog like Hero of Sparta.

      • jake

        Its more of a d-pad

    • http://toucharcade.com JDHaas22

      Can't wait for Zenonia. It's looking quite good.

    • http://toucharcade.com JDHaas22

      Can't wait for Zenonia. It's looking quite good.

    • stargazer513

      wow zenonia is gona beat all the current rgps, inotia quest arvale and all that cant wait!

    • stargazer513

      wow zenonia is gona beat all the current rgps, inotia quest arvale and all that cant wait!

    • lopches

      zenonia does look good. looking forward to it

    • lopches

      zenonia does look good. looking forward to it

    • Bommoom

      How much will it cost?

      • Wabaam

        Who cares? I'd pay up to $9.99 for it! It looks amazing, just the RPG I've been waiting for since the app store opened!

    • Bommoom

      How much will it cost?

      • Wabaam

        Who cares? I'd pay up to $9.99 for it! It looks amazing, just the RPG I've been waiting for since the app store opened!

    • Aaron

      If only Zenonia was an MMORPG...

      • Mikegenkins

        That would be awsome

    • Aaron

      If only Zenonia was an MMORPG...

    • http://hommk.3deified.net Obiter

      I'm starting to think that the iPhone "gold rush" period is fast coming to a close and that the market is becoming more sophisticated. I've now got a pile of games that can be described as "decent and cheap-ish within their genre". If I'm anything near to being the norm for enthusiastic iPhone gamers, it feels like it is time for developers to raise the bar a little bit and aim to achieve the depth and quality of DS or PSP games. If they can achieve that level of quality while keeping the price low (see: Rolando, SimCity) that would be great; but at the same time I'm no longer adverse to paying $15-$20 for something like an Advance Wars or Fire Emblem or Final Fantasy that I can keep coming back to again and again.

      Anyone else feel this way?

      • jake

        first of all sorry do you own a psp?? they're graphic card is over DOUBLE the itouch. they can run most ps2 games adn an itouch just isn't getting there. second you can get BOTH advance wars and final fantasy for FREE just jailbreak it's worth it.

    • http://hommk.3deified.net Obiter

      I'm starting to think that the iPhone "gold rush" period is fast coming to a close and that the market is becoming more sophisticated. I've now got a pile of games that can be described as "decent and cheap-ish within their genre". If I'm anything near to being the norm for enthusiastic iPhone gamers, it feels like it is time for developers to raise the bar a little bit and aim to achieve the depth and quality of DS or PSP games. If they can achieve that level of quality while keeping the price low (see: Rolando, SimCity) that would be great; but at the same time I'm no longer adverse to paying $15-$20 for something like an Advance Wars or Fire Emblem or Final Fantasy that I can keep coming back to again and again.

      Anyone else feel this way?

      • jake

        first of all sorry do you own a psp?? they're graphic card is over DOUBLE the itouch. they can run most ps2 games adn an itouch just isn't getting there. second you can get BOTH advance wars and final fantasy for FREE just jailbreak it's worth it.

    • Tunawrap

      I'm going to buy this game so fast I'll hit a time warp.

      • GodSon

        Looks very promising. I for one cant wait to get it the second its out!!!

    • Tunawrap

      I'm going to buy this game so fast I'll hit a time warp.

      • GodSon

        Looks very promising. I for one cant wait to get it the second its out!!!

    • Johnny California

      Wow that zononia rpg game looks really nice... It even has catchy tunes, anime look, action sword slashing, and really nice sprites and animations!!!

    • Johnny California

      Wow that zononia rpg game looks really nice... It even has catchy tunes, anime look, action sword slashing, and really nice sprites and animations!!!

    • Arta

      Horrible d-pad needs to be replaced with iDracula control wheel or Hero of Sparta virtual analog stick.

    • Arta

      Horrible d-pad needs to be replaced with iDracula control wheel or Hero of Sparta virtual analog stick.

    • David Galvan

      Zenonia looks great! It reminds me of "Secret of Mana" from the SNES. That was one of my favorite games due to the action/rpg gameplay and the engrossing epic story line. Don't know what the story for Zenonia is, but the gameplay and graphics look even a little better than Secret of Mana. I'll definitely be picking this one up.

      @Orbiter:
      I'm what I'd call a casual gamer in that I don't own a DS or PSP and probably never would have spent the money on a mobile game system. I play maybe 1 or two games on a console a year (big mainstream popular titles like Zelda and so forth, but the odd Tales of Symphonia-type rpg once in a while). That said, the iphone has revived my interest in gaming due to the fact that I've been amazed at the quality of some of the games available (rolando, hero of sparta, etc.) and the extreme convenience of having the phone always with me so I can play a quick entertaining game any time (iDracula, Lux touch, Chess w/Friends). For me, $20 is probably too much for me to consider purchasing a game. $10 is even a bit high, and the only time I bought a game that expensive for the iphone was using a giftcard for Rolando. $5 is, I think, the sweet spot for me. If a game looks good, I'm willing to drop $5 on it without having a gift card.

      I don't know what the gaming tendencies of the average iphone/ipod touch user are, but I would bet that they are closer to my casual level of interest than to the typically more dedicated gamers who visit this site. I think price point and the availability of "lite" versions of games are probably the most critical aspects of games selling in volume. So if there are going to be quality games that go up for $15 or $20, they would HAVE to have a lite version, because prices above $10 are an immediate turn-off for me.

      • http://www.badbumble.com BadBumble

        I’ve got to agree with you about the price. I have no problem in taking a risk in buying an app for $1-$2 dollars as you are not really losing anything (I’ve bought 100’s of apps), but when I’m asked to shell out $5+ then I want a demo to try it first. The other thing for me is I’m not really interested in long (console style) games on the iPhone. I’ve got home consoles and handhelds for that and 9 times out of 10 I don’t get a chance to finish the games on them as I don’t have the free time to give a game 10+ hours of my life.
        For me, I much more prefer simple, quick games where you can play a single game for 5 – 10 minutes (while I’m hanging around) and if the game is any good, I’ll keep coming back to it for more. They are exceptions to the rule of course such as games like Sim City and the various Rouge style games, but overall, quick, little, addictive games are the order of the day for me and I suspect for most iPhone users.
        The other thing you have to keep in mind from a developers point of view is if you are going to make these epic games you are asking for (AAA console style games), then the development time and cost will jump up and so will the prices and going from the top 25, there’s not a lot of games that do well at over the $5 mark. As a developer myself, I would sooner work on 2-3 (good quality) smaller games and sell them at the $1-$2 mark then go all or nothing on a large game for the iPhone.
        I guess this is where the rumoured premier App store will come in, so maybe there is an untapped market for big console titles, but it will be the big boys such EA and Konami that will chance it with the famous IP, but for me one of the reasons I like the iPhone so much is simply because you have such a wide range of next to free games made by small bedroom programmers and artists, which are for the most part just fun little games which you would never get on a console due to prices and I like the idea of supporting the little guy.
        Sorry if I rambled a bit and it’s only my personal option.

    • David Galvan

      Zenonia looks great! It reminds me of "Secret of Mana" from the SNES. That was one of my favorite games due to the action/rpg gameplay and the engrossing epic story line. Don't know what the story for Zenonia is, but the gameplay and graphics look even a little better than Secret of Mana. I'll definitely be picking this one up.

      @Orbiter:
      I'm what I'd call a casual gamer in that I don't own a DS or PSP and probably never would have spent the money on a mobile game system. I play maybe 1 or two games on a console a year (big mainstream popular titles like Zelda and so forth, but the odd Tales of Symphonia-type rpg once in a while). That said, the iphone has revived my interest in gaming due to the fact that I've been amazed at the quality of some of the games available (rolando, hero of sparta, etc.) and the extreme convenience of having the phone always with me so I can play a quick entertaining game any time (iDracula, Lux touch, Chess w/Friends). For me, $20 is probably too much for me to consider purchasing a game. $10 is even a bit high, and the only time I bought a game that expensive for the iphone was using a giftcard for Rolando. $5 is, I think, the sweet spot for me. If a game looks good, I'm willing to drop $5 on it without having a gift card.

      I don't know what the gaming tendencies of the average iphone/ipod touch user are, but I would bet that they are closer to my casual level of interest than to the typically more dedicated gamers who visit this site. I think price point and the availability of "lite" versions of games are probably the most critical aspects of games selling in volume. So if there are going to be quality games that go up for $15 or $20, they would HAVE to have a lite version, because prices above $10 are an immediate turn-off for me.

      • http://www.badbumble.com BadBumble

        I’ve got to agree with you about the price. I have no problem in taking a risk in buying an app for $1-$2 dollars as you are not really losing anything (I’ve bought 100’s of apps), but when I’m asked to shell out $5+ then I want a demo to try it first. The other thing for me is I’m not really interested in long (console style) games on the iPhone. I’ve got home consoles and handhelds for that and 9 times out of 10 I don’t get a chance to finish the games on them as I don’t have the free time to give a game 10+ hours of my life.
        For me, I much more prefer simple, quick games where you can play a single game for 5 – 10 minutes (while I’m hanging around) and if the game is any good, I’ll keep coming back to it for more. They are exceptions to the rule of course such as games like Sim City and the various Rouge style games, but overall, quick, little, addictive games are the order of the day for me and I suspect for most iPhone users.
        The other thing you have to keep in mind from a developers point of view is if you are going to make these epic games you are asking for (AAA console style games), then the development time and cost will jump up and so will the prices and going from the top 25, there’s not a lot of games that do well at over the $5 mark. As a developer myself, I would sooner work on 2-3 (good quality) smaller games and sell them at the $1-$2 mark then go all or nothing on a large game for the iPhone.
        I guess this is where the rumoured premier App store will come in, so maybe there is an untapped market for big console titles, but it will be the big boys such EA and Konami that will chance it with the famous IP, but for me one of the reasons I like the iPhone so much is simply because you have such a wide range of next to free games made by small bedroom programmers and artists, which are for the most part just fun little games which you would never get on a console due to prices and I like the idea of supporting the little guy.
        Sorry if I rambled a bit and it’s only my personal option.

    • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

      About the Zononia video. Leave the poor Racoons alone! (Or tanooki or whatever) They are just walking around sunning themselves and you can't eat THAT many, I don't care what your hunger meter says! Sheesh.

      Looks cool, though. Control is disappointing, but it IS a port.

    • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

      About the Zononia video. Leave the poor Racoons alone! (Or tanooki or whatever) They are just walking around sunning themselves and you can't eat THAT many, I don't care what your hunger meter says! Sheesh.

      Looks cool, though. Control is disappointing, but it IS a port.

    • http://www.transapp.com transapp

      These poor cute little animals, somebody should beat that little boy :)
      Looks promising, just the stupid d-pad alreasy annoys me!
      Make a virtual one like mentioned (HOS).

    • http://www.transapp.com transapp

      These poor cute little animals, somebody should beat that little boy :)
      Looks promising, just the stupid d-pad alreasy annoys me!
      Make a virtual one like mentioned (HOS).

    • 8bitgeorge

      Wow, Zenonia really surprised me. Looking forward to it!

    • 8bitgeorge

      Wow, Zenonia really surprised me. Looking forward to it!

    • -*Girls Generation*_

      I've played this, my friend has it and he's korean.
      It's a classic.

      More and more Korean games please! hard core mmo' rpg players know they make the best rpg's in the world....LINEAGE!!!! ftw

      (obviously apart from Blizzards's Make lurve not Warcraft)

      I will be buying this in a heartbeat

    • -*Girls Generation*_

      I've played this, my friend has it and he's korean.
      It's a classic.

      More and more Korean games please! hard core mmo' rpg players know they make the best rpg's in the world....LINEAGE!!!! ftw

      (obviously apart from Blizzards's Make lurve not Warcraft)

      I will be buying this in a heartbeat

    • ryoi

      now put the "iDracula" graphic/music in there, and i am happy

      • crimson.

        Well I guess you won't be happy then.

    • ryoi

      now put the "iDracula" graphic/music in there, and i am happy

      • crimson.

        Well I guess you won't be happy then.

    • Rohan Dalal

      woah, Zenonia looks really good
      i might pick this one up :)

    • Rohan Dalal

      woah, Zenonia looks really good
      i might pick this one up :)

    • ojolo

      Zenonia is the kind of game I would love, but why do we have to kill the animals like that? I like killing monsters, fluffy bears and raccoons not so much.

    • ojolo

      Zenonia is the kind of game I would love, but why do we have to kill the animals like that? I like killing monsters, fluffy bears and raccoons not so much.

    • Arland

      I WANT Zenonia SOOOOOOOO BAD OMG OMG MUST HAVE>>>> PASSES OUT>>>> WAKES UP>>>>> I WANT MUST HAVE OMG OMG>>>>>> PASSES OUT

    • Arland

      I WANT Zenonia SOOOOOOOO BAD OMG OMG MUST HAVE>>>> PASSES OUT>>>> WAKES UP>>>>> I WANT MUST HAVE OMG OMG>>>>>> PASSES OUT

    • David Galvan

      Don't let those fluffy teddy bears fool you. . . if they could they'd kill you and everyone you care about.

    • David Galvan

      Don't let those fluffy teddy bears fool you. . . if they could they'd kill you and everyone you care about.

    • Aaron

      Looks good, and I agree it reminds me of Sword of Mana, too. Definitely been looking for an engrossing RPG. Vay and Arvale aren't quite what I'm looking for, but Zenonia looks to be it. Give me something like Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Pokemon and I'm sold!

    • Aaron

      Looks good, and I agree it reminds me of Sword of Mana, too. Definitely been looking for an engrossing RPG. Vay and Arvale aren't quite what I'm looking for, but Zenonia looks to be it. Give me something like Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Pokemon and I'm sold!

    • davidmdowning42

      I can't tell from the vid, is the fighting real Zelda like action fighting, or is it that lame kinda hybrid like Dungeon & Hero. Like, can I keep from getting hit thru skill alone, or am I automatically getting injured just from being close enough to hit?

    • davidmdowning42

      I can't tell from the vid, is the fighting real Zelda like action fighting, or is it that lame kinda hybrid like Dungeon & Hero. Like, can I keep from getting hit thru skill alone, or am I automatically getting injured just from being close enough to hit?

    • Tunawrap

      I WANNA BUY IT. May 1rst seems weeks away....

    • Tunawrap

      I WANNA BUY IT. May 1rst seems weeks away....

    • Jamieboy

      This game looks incredible! There needs to be more sophisticated games like this out. I love the attractive graphics and the way it requires you to actually invest in decent time in order to develop your character and story.

      My only criticism are the controls. When i immediately checked out this youtube video of the game; the dpad just seems so limited. I would like it to be more fluid, just like the virtual joystick of Hero of Sparta.

      Anyways, dpad or virtual joystick, i really cant wait for this to come out. I wish it would be released sooner. Maybe they will do a limited special 0.99 cents for the game's first debut! :)

    • Jamieboy

      This game looks incredible! There needs to be more sophisticated games like this out. I love the attractive graphics and the way it requires you to actually invest in decent time in order to develop your character and story.

      My only criticism are the controls. When i immediately checked out this youtube video of the game; the dpad just seems so limited. I would like it to be more fluid, just like the virtual joystick of Hero of Sparta.

      Anyways, dpad or virtual joystick, i really cant wait for this to come out. I wish it would be released sooner. Maybe they will do a limited special 0.99 cents for the game's first debut! :)

    • Siva

      DAM, this looks AWESOME, i can't wait for this to come out :D !!!!

    • Siva

      DAM, this looks AWESOME, i can't wait for this to come out :D !!!!

    • AJ E.

      please please please PLEASE change the D-pad to a stick! (even if you cannot move diagonally, it is so much smoother!

    • AJ E.

      please please please PLEASE change the D-pad to a stick! (even if you cannot move diagonally, it is so much smoother!

    • Kingofyellowpee

      My goodness!! I cannot beleive the level of sophistication for zenonia!I mean it's like a mixture of legend of zelda, fable, and pokemon!!(pokemon because of graphics/controls/handheld capability)this is going to be a must buy for hardcore gamers and casual gamers alike. And the best part is that it comes out near my birthday!! This is going to be the best rpg ever!! I'm definatly going to pick this up the second it comes out.

    • Kingofyellowpee

      My goodness!! I cannot beleive the level of sophistication for zenonia!I mean it's like a mixture of legend of zelda, fable, and pokemon!!(pokemon because of graphics/controls/handheld capability)this is going to be a must buy for hardcore gamers and casual gamers alike. And the best part is that it comes out near my birthday!! This is going to be the best rpg ever!! I'm definatly going to pick this up the second it comes out.

    • Meh

      Yup, this game looks pretty good. I'll definately buy this on 15th if it comes out on special. Been waiting for something that can replace Rolando.

    • Meh

      Yup, this game looks pretty good. I'll definately buy this on 15th if it comes out on special. Been waiting for something that can replace Rolando.

    • Kingofyellowpee

      Wow amazing game!!! Glad I got it!!!:D I'm already a lvl28 good assassin!!!:D this game is amazing!!!! Get it today!

    • Kingofyellowpee

      Wow amazing game!!! Glad I got it!!!:D I'm already a lvl28 good assassin!!!:D this game is amazing!!!! Get it today!

    • ZSlooka

      Ok, so after you beat the final boss, it goes through the credits and then it goes back to the door to the boss…. wtf? can you not kill the final boss and then go back to the guild and get your reward? awesome game overall, i beat it on the good side of the warrior in like a week, now im gonna do evil with the assassin…

    • ZSlooka

      Ok, so after you beat the final boss, it goes through the credits and then it goes back to the door to the boss…. wtf? can you not kill the final boss and then go back to the guild and get your reward? awesome game overall, i beat it on the good side of the warrior in like a week, now im gonna do evil with the assassin…