Gamevil's classic action role playing game Zenonia has gone live in the App Store [link] at a price of $5.99.

Zenonia title

Zenonia is a port of the company's mobile title which ranks very highly on the Korean mobile charts (over 600,000 copies sold).  The game is 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.

“We’re thrilled to launch ZENONIA on the Apple App Store”, said Kyu Lee, president of GAMEVIL USA. “The revolutionary iPhone and iPod touch have allowed us to develop a unique version of this game and we are certain fans will love the engaging gameplay and captivating fantasy world we’ve created.”

We spent some time with Zenonia during our interview with Gamevil at GDC and our own Eli took a look at a pre-release of the iPhone version earlier this month.

If you've been looking for something on the App Store that compares to the classic 16-bit RPG's from days of yore, Zenonia may just be what you've been searching for — especially since according to GAMEVIL, Zenonia comes packed with over 40 hours of gameplay.

 

See our gameplay video of the beta.


[ Full HD version | Low Bandwidth version ]

Zenonia is being discussed in a form thread where readers are excited to see the release and are liking what they see so far.

Finally, a developer walkthrough video gives you an overview of the game:

App Store Link: Zenonia, $5.99

  • No Hero

    Its here. Just checking Touch arcade and its here. :)

  • No Hero

    Its here. Just checking Touch arcade and its here. :)

  • http://bartig.posterous.com Bartig

    Oh boy, and I haven't even bought Toki Tori yet. This really looks freakingly awesome!

  • http://bartig.posterous.com Bartig

    Oh boy, and I haven't even bought Toki Tori yet. This really looks freakingly awesome!

  • Trogador

    YES!! I've been waiting for this day FOREVER!!!

    *Checks UK App Store*

    Your f***ing kidding me, right?

  • Trogador

    YES!! I've been waiting for this day FOREVER!!!

    *Checks UK App Store*

    Your f***ing kidding me, right?

  • murdoch

    I want to express how freakin excited I am that this game is out!!!
    HELL YES!
    I too have been scratching at the walls for this game. Im already 38 mins behind. time I could have been playing...
    come to think of it, why am I posting when I could be playing.

    I feel as excited as that N64 Kid.
    Nint3ndo 64!!!!!
    i mean
    ZENONIA!!!!!

  • murdoch

    I want to express how freakin excited I am that this game is out!!!
    HELL YES!
    I too have been scratching at the walls for this game. Im already 38 mins behind. time I could have been playing...
    come to think of it, why am I posting when I could be playing.

    I feel as excited as that N64 Kid.
    Nint3ndo 64!!!!!
    i mean
    ZENONIA!!!!!

  • GlassJoe

    I can die happy. Well, once I finish the game I can die happy.

  • GlassJoe

    I can die happy. Well, once I finish the game I can die happy.

  • ShadowsFall

    YOUR JOKING RIGHT...!??!?!?! IT'S FINIALLY OUT!!! WHAHAHAA!! I'VE BEEN WAITING FOREVER!!! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • ShadowsFall

    YOUR JOKING RIGHT...!??!?!?! IT'S FINIALLY OUT!!! WHAHAHAA!! I'VE BEEN WAITING FOREVER!!! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • maximus

    Wow, I had to stop playing cause of the NBA eastern finals lol. But honestly, it's hard to believe that a game with this much depth is on the iphone. I seriously feel that this is PSP/DS caliber Zelda like game. Graphics are just right for the iphone to make the gameplay smooth, the sound fits the game perfectly, and I like the Quest reminders updates, stat improvements.....everything. I couldn't really sink my teeth into The Quest 3d, underworld, etc., however this game totally fits the the action RPG games I like. You'll be amazed at the depth quality of this game! Highly recommended!

  • Cork

    Ok wtf have i missed a hype or something omfg lol xD

  • maximus

    Wow, I had to stop playing cause of the NBA eastern finals lol. But honestly, it's hard to believe that a game with this much depth is on the iphone. I seriously feel that this is PSP/DS caliber Zelda like game. Graphics are just right for the iphone to make the gameplay smooth, the sound fits the game perfectly, and I like the Quest reminders updates, stat improvements.....everything. I couldn't really sink my teeth into The Quest 3d, underworld, etc., however this game totally fits the the action RPG games I like. You'll be amazed at the depth quality of this game! Highly recommended!

  • Cork

    Ok wtf have i missed a hype or something omfg lol xD

  • loomisster

    Finally been checking every day for this release

  • loomisster

    Finally been checking every day for this release

  • Ahiru

    wow the controls look terrible.... maybe it's his fingers...

    so, how are the controls actually?!

    • Ataru

      unresponsive and sloppy, but without real buttons they probably can't be improved much.

      • Elly

        The controls are fine, they just act like a dpad, no diagonals though. You get used to it quick. Its great :)

  • Ahiru

    wow the controls look terrible.... maybe it's his fingers...

    so, how are the controls actually?!

    • Ataru

      unresponsive and sloppy, but without real buttons they probably can't be improved much.

      • Elly

        The controls are fine, they just act like a dpad, no diagonals though. You get used to it quick. Its great :)

  • Surfed

    Nice! Been waiting for this game to come out, cant wait to play it!!!!

  • Surfed

    Nice! Been waiting for this game to come out, cant wait to play it!!!!

  • mike

    the controls are fine, really, and there's no issue with save spots, etc, you just save in the menu.

    this game is pretty damn cool. nice graphics, and a nice learning curve, ala Secret of Mana etc. ;)

  • mike

    the controls are fine, really, and there's no issue with save spots, etc, you just save in the menu.

    this game is pretty damn cool. nice graphics, and a nice learning curve, ala Secret of Mana etc. ;)

  • ticookie

    I'm not gonna lie, this is only the second game I've truly been satisfied with, the other being Gamevil's other game, Baseball Superstars.

  • ticookie

    I'm not gonna lie, this is only the second game I've truly been satisfied with, the other being Gamevil's other game, Baseball Superstars.

  • maximus

    I guess the controls could use a little improvement. Everything is done with a virtual d-pad. This does work well with the game but more touch functions would be welcomed. The skipping and advancements of the cut scenes are done via touch. But overall, great game.

  • maximus

    I guess the controls could use a little improvement. Everything is done with a virtual d-pad. This does work well with the game but more touch functions would be welcomed. The skipping and advancements of the cut scenes are done via touch. But overall, great game.

  • http://mobilerpgs.funpic.de/forum/ crishnak

    Been playing it for about 2 hours now and it´s been fun so far. The graphics are smooth and detailed but a little bit to childish (but thats just my taste), sound fits perfectly and the story is involving. Damn, this will definatly keep me from doing the really important real life work. :D

  • http://mobilerpgs.funpic.de/forum/ crishnak

    Been playing it for about 2 hours now and it´s been fun so far. The graphics are smooth and detailed but a little bit to childish (but thats just my taste), sound fits perfectly and the story is involving. Damn, this will definatly keep me from doing the really important real life work. :D

  • tim

    bought it the second I heard it was out.

  • tim

    bought it the second I heard it was out.

  • tim

    bought it the second i saw it was out.

  • tim

    bought it the second i saw it was out.

  • coconutbowling

    The controls aren't too good, but besides that, the game is amazing.

  • coconutbowling

    The controls aren't too good, but besides that, the game is amazing.

  • TommyGunn88

    Yeah awesome game but I hope they add full touch controls, ie: touch the left side of the screen to go left, etc....

  • TommyGunn88

    Yeah awesome game but I hope they add full touch controls, ie: touch the left side of the screen to go left, etc....

  • Kasulduh

    Btw peep I just heard that you have to type ZENONIA all in capital to find it. It apple case-sensitiveness LOL

  • Kasulduh

    Btw peep I just heard that you have to type ZENONIA all in capital to find it. It apple case-sensitiveness LOL

  • RX7guy

    You know what grind my gears?

    GRINDING

    j/k..... this game's great even if you hafta level up rigorously

  • RX7guy

    You know what grind my gears?

    GRINDING

    j/k..... this game's great even if you hafta level up rigorously

  • jbletsch

    I have been waiting for this game ever since TA reported on its development so I downloaded the game as soon as I saw it was live on the app store. Played it for several hours this evening and it is definitely worth the wait. It is incredibly deep and engaging to play. I can't believe I can play this on my phone. I can sense some deadlines slipping in the days ahead as I steer Regret on his epic journey.

  • jbletsch

    I have been waiting for this game ever since TA reported on its development so I downloaded the game as soon as I saw it was live on the app store. Played it for several hours this evening and it is definitely worth the wait. It is incredibly deep and engaging to play. I can't believe I can play this on my phone. I can sense some deadlines slipping in the days ahead as I steer Regret on his epic journey.

  • Chef Cinn

    Keep up the good work touchArcade... My new source for
    game info on my iPod Touch. I Bought this app as soon as I saw your
    Post.

  • Chef Cinn

    Keep up the good work touchArcade... My new source for
    game info on my iPod Touch. I Bought this app as soon as I saw your
    Post.

  • Elijah

    What's up with the naked chick with the eyepatch on the left side? Crazy Cureeans.

  • Elijah

    What's up with the naked chick with the eyepatch on the left side? Crazy Cureeans.

  • Rob

    Cool! Downlaoding....

    Damn these Korean guys know how to start a Hype!

    • dookiesquirtz

      whats crazy is that you think its spelled that way.

  • Rob

    Cool! Downlaoding....

    Damn these Korean guys know how to start a Hype!

    • dookiesquirtz

      whats crazy is that you think its spelled that way.

  • Krispod

    where do i find gregs firewood?

    • Masmo

      Look at the map, found in the top left corner of the game. Hope that helps.

      • BowBowX

        is it in the town?? i can't find it!! HELP!

  • Krispod

    where do i find gregs firewood?

    • Masmo

      Look at the map, found in the top left corner of the game. Hope that helps.

      • BowBowX

        is it in the town?? i can't find it!! HELP!

  • Grab

    dang this game. I used to have a life when it didnt come out of the App store

    Oh btw, dear developers, your game crashes when reaching the desert part of the game!!

  • Grab

    dang this game. I used to have a life when it didnt come out of the App store

    Oh btw, dear developers, your game crashes when reaching the desert part of the game!!

  • jon

    Yeah, it is fun, but it has more typos than my high school English term papers... and I was a lazy, lazy student.

    Or to use the "English" of the game:

    I thin it is rediculous that these wooses didn't do a singel thing to catch the typos.

  • jon

    Yeah, it is fun, but it has more typos than my high school English term papers... and I was a lazy, lazy student.

    Or to use the "English" of the game:

    I thin it is rediculous that these wooses didn't do a singel thing to catch the typos.

  • Ataru

    Controls are poor, as is the frame rate, and the visuals are upscaled from a lower res source which gives them a slightly scruffy look.

    But, it's the iPhone RPG for sure, although admitedly there's little to no competition.

    Goes without saying it's no match for the RPGs on the DS or PSP.

    • mike

      You are talking about a SIX DOLLAR game right?

      Some PSP games are like 40-50 bucks.

      What an idiotic comparison.

      • Noah

        Comparing games based on PRICE alone is idiotic.

        If iPhone developers could charge $40 and have people buy the game at that price, then they would... but the iPhone App Store market IS around $6 for a game of this calibre.

      • ataru

        I'll happily pay more for better games. Give me Disgaea on iPhone and I'll pay £30 no problem.

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        Ataru, you may be willing to pay $50 for an iPhone port, but I would bet that you are one of the few who would. Not such a good investment for the developer. Like it or not, it's all about price: to expect a $50 game for $6 is, if not stupid, at least a recipe for disappointment.

        And that's okay. If I'm going to spend $50 on a game I'd rather get the Orange Box on my Mac (thanks Crossover Games!) -- it's much, much better than anything available for the PSP. Or better yet, I'd rather get a dozen games for the iPhone that, combined, are way more fun than anything available for the same price on the PSP (don't own a DS, so I can't speak about that platform).

        Oh, and Zenonia is great.

      • Alichan76

        I bought Final Fantasy 7 Crisis Core for the PSP the other day for 10 pounds, which is far from a large difference in price. It's only a little over twice the price. I find it a fair comparison, and honestly, an understandable and healthy one. If consumers compare more and more to DS/PSP, then hopefully we will head in the direction of surpassing them in the future in terms of gaming quality. Don't just be content with what is on offer I say.
        By the way, you won't get far in life indirectly calling people idiots. Just a tip...

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com Jose

        Alichan76: Crisis Core bored me to tears, but to each his own. And if you read my post carefully, I called the behavior (potentially) stupid, not the person -- a big difference in my book. I do stupid things all the time (such as paying full prize for Crisis Core), but I don't consider myself stupid. Both you and Ataru come across as very articulate, in any event, so I'm sure you're plenty smart.

        Don't get me wrong, I don't think that Zenonia is perfect (it shows a tad too much of it's cellphone origin), and I do want to see more quality offerings on the iPhone. But the PSP comparison is a fairly useless one, since it involves an economic model that doesn't even work very well on the PSP itself, as Sony's mounting losses attest.

      • Alichan76

        Hi Jose (is that Mike?). That makes a lot of sense. I guess I am the eternal optimist, trying to push for bigger and better things despite the odds; )

  • Ataru

    Controls are poor, as is the frame rate, and the visuals are upscaled from a lower res source which gives them a slightly scruffy look.

    But, it's the iPhone RPG for sure, although admitedly there's little to no competition.

    Goes without saying it's no match for the RPGs on the DS or PSP.

    • mike

      You are talking about a SIX DOLLAR game right?

      Some PSP games are like 40-50 bucks.

      What an idiotic comparison.

      • Noah

        Comparing games based on PRICE alone is idiotic.

        If iPhone developers could charge $40 and have people buy the game at that price, then they would... but the iPhone App Store market IS around $6 for a game of this calibre.

      • ataru

        I'll happily pay more for better games. Give me Disgaea on iPhone and I'll pay £30 no problem.

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        Ataru, you may be willing to pay $50 for an iPhone port, but I would bet that you are one of the few who would. Not such a good investment for the developer. Like it or not, it's all about price: to expect a $50 game for $6 is, if not stupid, at least a recipe for disappointment.

        And that's okay. If I'm going to spend $50 on a game I'd rather get the Orange Box on my Mac (thanks Crossover Games!) -- it's much, much better than anything available for the PSP. Or better yet, I'd rather get a dozen games for the iPhone that, combined, are way more fun than anything available for the same price on the PSP (don't own a DS, so I can't speak about that platform).

        Oh, and Zenonia is great.

      • Alichan76

        I bought Final Fantasy 7 Crisis Core for the PSP the other day for 10 pounds, which is far from a large difference in price. It's only a little over twice the price. I find it a fair comparison, and honestly, an understandable and healthy one. If consumers compare more and more to DS/PSP, then hopefully we will head in the direction of surpassing them in the future in terms of gaming quality. Don't just be content with what is on offer I say.
        By the way, you won't get far in life indirectly calling people idiots. Just a tip...

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com Jose

        Alichan76: Crisis Core bored me to tears, but to each his own. And if you read my post carefully, I called the behavior (potentially) stupid, not the person -- a big difference in my book. I do stupid things all the time (such as paying full prize for Crisis Core), but I don't consider myself stupid. Both you and Ataru come across as very articulate, in any event, so I'm sure you're plenty smart.

        Don't get me wrong, I don't think that Zenonia is perfect (it shows a tad too much of it's cellphone origin), and I do want to see more quality offerings on the iPhone. But the PSP comparison is a fairly useless one, since it involves an economic model that doesn't even work very well on the PSP itself, as Sony's mounting losses attest.

      • Alichan76

        Hi Jose (is that Mike?). That makes a lot of sense. I guess I am the eternal optimist, trying to push for bigger and better things despite the odds; )

  • Mace

    hey guys i have played this game for a couple hours now and i have a question : does anybody know how to repair gear like weapons or are they useless if the durability is 0

    • http://mobilerpgs.funpic.de/forum/ crishnak

      You can buy repair hammers at the potion shop or visit an blacksmith, which is much cheaper.

  • Mace

    hey guys i have played this game for a couple hours now and i have a question : does anybody know how to repair gear like weapons or are they useless if the durability is 0

    • http://mobilerpgs.funpic.de/forum/ crishnak

      You can buy repair hammers at the potion shop or visit an blacksmith, which is much cheaper.

  • Chinito77

    Its looks pretty nice from the reviews. It's very Zelda like looking. I'm more of a fan of top down (i.e Vay) but here's a question. Was this made exclusively for the iPhone? I assume this isn't a port since I can't find any info on previous versions of this game.

    • jon

      look harder

    • ataru

      It's a port of a cell phone game in Korea.

  • Chinito77

    Its looks pretty nice from the reviews. It's very Zelda like looking. I'm more of a fan of top down (i.e Vay) but here's a question. Was this made exclusively for the iPhone? I assume this isn't a port since I can't find any info on previous versions of this game.

    • jon

      look harder

    • ataru

      It's a port of a cell phone game in Korea.

  • Steven Gerrard

    Zenonia reminds me Anfield on a Saturday afternoon.

  • Steven Gerrard

    Zenonia reminds me Anfield on a Saturday afternoon.

  • Kevin

    if you talk to the puppy in the town, it say
    "why do they call it doggy style"

    • Tunawrap

      ROFL

  • Kevin

    if you talk to the puppy in the town, it say
    "why do they call it doggy style"

    • Tunawrap

      ROFL

  • mike

    oh yeah, and the lead character's name is REGRET.

    localization team. look up the word REGRET in the dictionary.

    we can't change the name? Its so lame.

    • Dz

      Maybe you are the one who should be checking the dictionary before trying to insult the developer?

  • mike

    oh yeah, and the lead character's name is REGRET.

    localization team. look up the word REGRET in the dictionary.

    we can't change the name? Its so lame.

    • Dz

      Maybe you are the one who should be checking the dictionary before trying to insult the developer?

  • iPhoneer

    El juego no está bien optimizado para iPhone. Los gráficos se ven poco nítidos, se nota que los han estirado para adaptarlos a la pantalla del iPhone. El control no está mal, pero el movimiento no es nada suave. Es un juego java portado y maquillado un poco. Técnicamente muy mal, y en cuanto a la historia... bastante floja y típica.
    Tal vez un próxima juego desarrollado expresamente para iPhone salta mejor.

  • iPhoneer

    El juego no está bien optimizado para iPhone. Los gráficos se ven poco nítidos, se nota que los han estirado para adaptarlos a la pantalla del iPhone. El control no está mal, pero el movimiento no es nada suave. Es un juego java portado y maquillado un poco. Técnicamente muy mal, y en cuanto a la historia... bastante floja y típica.
    Tal vez un próxima juego desarrollado expresamente para iPhone salta mejor.

  • http://www.ellysdesigns.webs.com Elly (girl gamer!)

    Like Vay crossed with Zelda. Best RPG for iphone 100%. Love it! This game is $7.99 Australian but totally worth it, expensive compared to other iphone games but (im not complaining) compared to great Ds games (which it strongly resembles) it's cheap as! Love everything about it!! :D Graphics 5/5, Sounds 3.5/5, Gameplay 5/5. Lengthy game too. Woot!

  • http://www.ellysdesigns.webs.com Elly (girl gamer!)

    Like Vay crossed with Zelda. Best RPG for iphone 100%. Love it! This game is $7.99 Australian but totally worth it, expensive compared to other iphone games but (im not complaining) compared to great Ds games (which it strongly resembles) it's cheap as! Love everything about it!! :D Graphics 5/5, Sounds 3.5/5, Gameplay 5/5. Lengthy game too. Woot!

  • ataru

    Anyone else finding the music more than a little repetetive? Some of the tunes loop after 3-4 seconds, which gets old pretty quickly...

    • jon

      "repetetive"

      ...are you by any chance the proof reader for Zenonia?

      • Chinito77

        Jon, quit being a prick! Do you just troll this site because you have nothing better to do?

  • ataru

    Anyone else finding the music more than a little repetetive? Some of the tunes loop after 3-4 seconds, which gets old pretty quickly...

    • jon

      "repetetive"

      ...are you by any chance the proof reader for Zenonia?

      • Chinito77

        Jon, quit being a prick! Do you just troll this site because you have nothing better to do?

  • Phil Andears

    So, great game I have found no bugs, music is a little repetative but I don't care... It's to great of a game to care. I only have one request...

    • maybe you guys can add expansions for around 2.99-3.99USD and just keep the game going for a little while.

    Amazing app guys!

  • Phil Andears

    So, great game I have found no bugs, music is a little repetative but I don't care... It's to great of a game to care. I only have one request...

    • maybe you guys can add expansions for around 2.99-3.99USD and just keep the game going for a little while.

    Amazing app guys!

  • BowBowX

    HELP!! where can i find greg's frewood? I went throught the entire town.. but still cant fine it!!

    • Phil Andears

      Use the map dude, it's in the upper left corner

  • BowBowX

    HELP!! where can i find greg's frewood? I went throught the entire town.. but still cant fine it!!

    • Phil Andears

      Use the map dude, it's in the upper left corner