720410_5Zenonia [App Store] is an epic action RPG has seen a phenomenal reception both from review sites and on our forums. I reviewed it when it was released last month, and aside from a few minor 1.0 annoyances, I really enjoyed the game.

At $5.99, it is an unbelievable value for the amount of gameplay you're getting. At over 40 hours per play-through, three classes, along with the good and evil alignment system, Zenonia should provide for at least a second fresh play-through as you choose the opposite alignment of your previous game. There really isn't anything like it on the App Store, and if you're looking for a solid RPG to settle in and sink your teeth in to, look no further than Zenonia.

Gamevil has once again reaffirmed their reputation of listening to community feedback with Zenonia 1.1, as every change implimented is something that the players have asked for. The controls have been substantially improved in this update. The touch area that activates the virtual D-Pad has been expanded, and they added quite a bit of transparency to the on-screen controls along with tweaking the inventory navigation controls.

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A major complaint of mine was how often your character needed to eat and how quickly your equipment degraded. Thankfully, in Zenonia 1.1, these things have been completely rebalanced. Item durability and hunger both advance at much more reasonable rates, and running back to town to repair and eat before finishing your active quests seems to be a think of the past.

Also, you can now toggle the background music, allowing iPod playback during play.

While nothing has been done to address the amount of grinding required to level up in some areas of the game, the improvements in 1.1 have made playing Zenonia substantially more enjoyable. Since most of my original problems with the game having been addressed, I highly recommend Zenonia to anyone looking for a great action RPG with enough content to keep you busy for weeks.

App Store Link: Zenonia, $5.99

  • http://www.astrosaurus.com astrosaurus

    I got this a while back and have had absolutely no time to dedicate to it at all. This update sounds like an incentive to go back to it (aside from being an generally awesome game).

  • http://www.astrosaurus.com astrosaurus

    I got this a while back and have had absolutely no time to dedicate to it at all. This update sounds like an incentive to go back to it (aside from being an generally awesome game).

  • efp1

    Less grinding would be great!

    I love the game :)

  • efp1

    Less grinding would be great!

    I love the game :)

  • Brian

    I'm all for trying to skip the grinding. The problem I have is that I'm always going into quests 10 levels lower than my opponents. I wonder if that's normal? I keep picking up items that are way too high for me to ever use.

  • Brian

    I'm all for trying to skip the grinding. The problem I have is that I'm always going into quests 10 levels lower than my opponents. I wonder if that's normal? I keep picking up items that are way too high for me to ever use.

  • Caleb

    Where's hard mode though?

  • Caleb

    Where's hard mode though?

  • jason kenneth

    "I'm all for trying to skip the grinding. The problem I have is that I'm always going into quests 10 levels lower than my opponents. I wonder if that's normal? I keep picking up items that are way too high for me to ever use."

    Yup, that is normal...hence all the grinding complaints. I had to stop and grind about four or five times during the game to get to the point where I wasn't dying every few minutes. Annoying. I'm not saying I want to breeze through a game, but it should be balanced to that if you play at a normal pace (not running through levels without killing anything) you keep facing bad guys that are at a comparable level. You're right about the items too. I don't mind picking up items that are a few levels higher than me, but when I finished the game (at level 63), I had a large handful of stuff that you needed to be in the 80s to use.

  • jason kenneth

    "I'm all for trying to skip the grinding. The problem I have is that I'm always going into quests 10 levels lower than my opponents. I wonder if that's normal? I keep picking up items that are way too high for me to ever use."

    Yup, that is normal...hence all the grinding complaints. I had to stop and grind about four or five times during the game to get to the point where I wasn't dying every few minutes. Annoying. I'm not saying I want to breeze through a game, but it should be balanced to that if you play at a normal pace (not running through levels without killing anything) you keep facing bad guys that are at a comparable level. You're right about the items too. I don't mind picking up items that are a few levels higher than me, but when I finished the game (at level 63), I had a large handful of stuff that you needed to be in the 80s to use.

  • arta

    Would have been better if they had just expanded the visual size of the dpad as well, so you can tell when your finger reaches the edge when you feel it sliding to the edge of the screen.

  • arta

    Would have been better if they had just expanded the visual size of the dpad as well, so you can tell when your finger reaches the edge when you feel it sliding to the edge of the screen.

  • Thor

    And how do we get our savegames from our iPod Touches to uor new iPhone 3G S without jailbreaking? Sometimes I really hate Apple.

    • Silverfist

      You can always restore your 3GS from your Touch backuip... did the same thing to my wife's "new" 3G (my hand-me-down once i got the 3GS) from the iPotch G1 backup. Brought over all her Peggle info so she didn't have to put up with all those trophies I had on *my* version...

      • Presnter

        Is there a way to restore just a single app?

  • Thor

    And how do we get our savegames from our iPod Touches to uor new iPhone 3G S without jailbreaking? Sometimes I really hate Apple.

    • Silverfist

      You can always restore your 3GS from your Touch backuip... did the same thing to my wife's "new" 3G (my hand-me-down once i got the 3GS) from the iPotch G1 backup. Brought over all her Peggle info so she didn't have to put up with all those trophies I had on *my* version...

      • Presnter

        Is there a way to restore just a single app?

  • dk206

    Congrats again Gamevil.
    Still my number 1 app, and will be for a very long time.
    I have finished the game and now will play the dark side with this update!
    BRILLIANT! >:D

  • dk206

    Congrats again Gamevil.
    Still my number 1 app, and will be for a very long time.
    I have finished the game and now will play the dark side with this update!
    BRILLIANT! >:D

  • Tim

    "SOME AREAS" try grinding out 10 levels per dungeon. Zenonia is a great game... but to be honest, if you take away some of the grinding you take away most of the gameplay - it took me about 22hrs to beat the game on lvl 83 and I did nothing but grind.

    Gamevil needs to take a lesson from Secret of Manna, Zelda, and Illusion of Gaia next time they want to make a game like this. More emphasis on puzzle solving and exploration than leveling PLEASE!

    In fact... I'd love a game without leveling at all - like Illusion of Gaia and Zelda. Upgrades are obvioulsy a must... but levels I can do without. Make the game about the game not the stinkin levels. If I want to grind I'll play WOW. (got rid of my subscription for that same reason).

    tim

    • thebleeptruth

      Ya I almost forgot that Zelda didn't have any leveling up to do. In Zelda it's just your equipment and your health that improves/increases throughout the game. My favorite Zelda game was Link's Awakening on the Gameboy way way back. And I'd have to agree with you, comparing it now to Zenonia, Zelda games like Link's Awakening had more explorations, secrets, and puzzle solving, which was cool.

  • Tim

    "SOME AREAS" try grinding out 10 levels per dungeon. Zenonia is a great game... but to be honest, if you take away some of the grinding you take away most of the gameplay - it took me about 22hrs to beat the game on lvl 83 and I did nothing but grind.

    Gamevil needs to take a lesson from Secret of Manna, Zelda, and Illusion of Gaia next time they want to make a game like this. More emphasis on puzzle solving and exploration than leveling PLEASE!

    In fact... I'd love a game without leveling at all - like Illusion of Gaia and Zelda. Upgrades are obvioulsy a must... but levels I can do without. Make the game about the game not the stinkin levels. If I want to grind I'll play WOW. (got rid of my subscription for that same reason).

    tim

    • thebleeptruth

      Ya I almost forgot that Zelda didn't have any leveling up to do. In Zelda it's just your equipment and your health that improves/increases throughout the game. My favorite Zelda game was Link's Awakening on the Gameboy way way back. And I'd have to agree with you, comparing it now to Zenonia, Zelda games like Link's Awakening had more explorations, secrets, and puzzle solving, which was cool.

  • thebleeptruth

    Yes FINALLY!!! Wasn't expecting an update. I'm so happy they've rebalanced the hunger and durability thing. Was getting frustrating at times, especially when your equipment breaks down in the middle of a quest. I don't really mind the grinding thing. It's really part of RPG's. I guess the only other request I'd have is to have a bigger weight capacity. I'm not sure with later parts of the game, but in the beginning, money isn't really easy to gain, so it isn't really wise to just dispose inventory when you're fully stocked after picking up stuff while grinding and trying to level up. Hence what I do is walk back to the town at a very slow pace (cause I'm overweight) just to sell the other stuff. It's quite a waste of time. What do you guys do? Do you just drop items? Or do you also mainly try to sell them and tolerate the slow walking back to the town?

  • thebleeptruth

    Yes FINALLY!!! Wasn't expecting an update. I'm so happy they've rebalanced the hunger and durability thing. Was getting frustrating at times, especially when your equipment breaks down in the middle of a quest. I don't really mind the grinding thing. It's really part of RPG's. I guess the only other request I'd have is to have a bigger weight capacity. I'm not sure with later parts of the game, but in the beginning, money isn't really easy to gain, so it isn't really wise to just dispose inventory when you're fully stocked after picking up stuff while grinding and trying to level up. Hence what I do is walk back to the town at a very slow pace (cause I'm overweight) just to sell the other stuff. It's quite a waste of time. What do you guys do? Do you just drop items? Or do you also mainly try to sell them and tolerate the slow walking back to the town?

  • Steve

    I downloaded the update but all the music in my game is gone. I know there was an update to toggle on and off the music but I cant find it. i looked in the in game menu and the main menu. has any one else had this problem? does anyone know how to fix it?

  • Steve

    I downloaded the update but all the music in my game is gone. I know there was an update to toggle on and off the music but I cant find it. i looked in the in game menu and the main menu. has any one else had this problem? does anyone know how to fix it?

  • Ujn Hunter

    Why not celebrate the update with a lovely $0.99 sale? ;)

    • thebleeptruth

      LOL! Seriously doubt that. The best you could get them to lower it is at 2.99, and I think it'll take a long time before that happens. From my experience with the App Store and assessment of the game's consistent performance in the charts, I think Gamevil would be dumb to have a fire sale even for a day. They placed Baseball Superstars on sale some time back but during those days, that game consistently stayed on the lower half of the top 100. Zenonia is also currently universally considered the only legit RPG out there on the iPhone/iPod Touch. It'll be on the upper half of the charts for a long long time.

      Pick it up. If you're an RPG fan, you won't regret it for 4.99. :)

  • Ujn Hunter

    Why not celebrate the update with a lovely $0.99 sale? ;)

    • thebleeptruth

      LOL! Seriously doubt that. The best you could get them to lower it is at 2.99, and I think it'll take a long time before that happens. From my experience with the App Store and assessment of the game's consistent performance in the charts, I think Gamevil would be dumb to have a fire sale even for a day. They placed Baseball Superstars on sale some time back but during those days, that game consistently stayed on the lower half of the top 100. Zenonia is also currently universally considered the only legit RPG out there on the iPhone/iPod Touch. It'll be on the upper half of the charts for a long long time.

      Pick it up. If you're an RPG fan, you won't regret it for 4.99. :)

  • http://www.ziza.ru John

    Why not celebrate the update with a lovely $0.99 sale?

  • http://www.ziza.ru John

    Why not celebrate the update with a lovely $0.99 sale?

  • enertron

    it lags so bad! when i start playing everything's fine, but after 20-30 minutes the weapon swing animation goes down to ~2 fps, so i have to save, restart the iphone, reopen zenonia, reload my save, then continue. then it's smooth again- but this happens every half hour! so annoying

  • enertron

    it lags so bad! when i start playing everything's fine, but after 20-30 minutes the weapon swing animation goes down to ~2 fps, so i have to save, restart the iphone, reopen zenonia, reload my save, then continue. then it's smooth again- but this happens every half hour! so annoying

  • MorghunNelson

    Mannnn people have you NEVER played an RPG?
    AHAHA
    this game is soooo ridiculously easy to grind on i dont see how you can complain!

    if you want to know my methods and how i have 3 lvl 99 chars all legit within 1 weeeeeeeek.

    email me (:
    Morghunelson12@hotmail.com
    Ps.
    And for godd sakesssss.
    STOP COMPLAINING!.
    if ya dont like it then dont play it.
    simple as that.
    everyones got there opinions

  • MorghunNelson

    Mannnn people have you NEVER played an RPG?
    AHAHA
    this game is soooo ridiculously easy to grind on i dont see how you can complain!

    if you want to know my methods and how i have 3 lvl 99 chars all legit within 1 weeeeeeeek.

    email me (:
    Morghunelson12@hotmail.com
    Ps.
    And for godd sakesssss.
    STOP COMPLAINING!.
    if ya dont like it then dont play it.
    simple as that.
    everyones got there opinions