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Apple must have expedited the reapproval of Crescent Moon Games' Ravensword as it appeared in the App Store early this morning for $6.99.

Similar to recent Elder Scrolls games like Morrowind or Oblivion, Ravensword is an open world roleplaying game with both a main quest line to follow and a considerable amount of side-quests. The developers have quoted anywhere between 6-8 hours of gameplay to complete the initial quest without taking side-quests into account.

The Ravensword game world is surprisingly detailed for an iPhone game, and performs remarkably well. Along the way you will equip your character with all kinds of different magical items and slay hordes of enemies as the main quest line slowly reveals your character's mysterious identity.

We'll post our full review shortly.

App Store Link: Ravensword: The Fallen King, $6.99

  • DDexter

    gogogo downloading before it is pulled back cause of bugs =)

    That Game is a MUST-BUY

  • http://www.jindofox.com jindofox

    Wow, what a morning! I'm doing a massive App Store pigout today between this, the Konami sale, and Star Wars ... all stuff I was waiting for!

  • DDexter

    gogogo downloading before it is pulled back cause of bugs =)

    That Game is a MUST-BUY

  • http://www.jindofox.com jindofox

    Wow, what a morning! I'm doing a massive App Store pigout today between this, the Konami sale, and Star Wars ... all stuff I was waiting for!

  • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

    This, Left 4 Dead 2, Assassins Creed, and me still having to finish Dragon Age: Origins and keep a social life... I'm a bit overwhelmed at the moment!

    I already played it for an hour and I love it! I just hope I can make more time for it in the coming days.

    • Jon S

      I know what you mean! I've just started on Dragon Age myself. That might have been a mistake as I'm away for nearly all Dec for work and then vacation. I'll be able to take Ravensword with me, but the 360 will have to stay at home!

      • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

        That sucks! But at least you'll have something good to play while you're away!

  • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

    This, Left 4 Dead 2, Assassins Creed, and me still having to finish Dragon Age: Origins and keep a social life... I'm a bit overwhelmed at the moment!

    I already played it for an hour and I love it! I just hope I can make more time for it in the coming days.

    • Jon S

      I know what you mean! I've just started on Dragon Age myself. That might have been a mistake as I'm away for nearly all Dec for work and then vacation. I'll be able to take Ravensword with me, but the 360 will have to stay at home!

      • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

        That sucks! But at least you'll have something good to play while you're away!

  • hapz

    abit too steep but my budget.. ill wait for this one

  • hapz

    abit too steep but my budget.. ill wait for this one

  • TKO

    Hmmm... $9.99NZ on the New Zealand apps store. I'd contemplate that price, but I've clicked "buy" already. :) Wohoo! Looks and sounds totally awesome. Can't wait.

  • TKO

    Hmmm... $9.99NZ on the New Zealand apps store. I'd contemplate that price, but I've clicked "buy" already. :) Wohoo! Looks and sounds totally awesome. Can't wait.

  • http://newly-nerfed.net ZenMonkey

    What with all the hype I'm disappointed that there's no lite version. With these kind of games, ease of navigation makes all the difference to me. Especially at this price, I'll hold out for a trial before I buy, despite all the great things I've read about the game.

    • TKO

      This is a small (two man?) team ..it takes a bit of work to pare down the game to a lite version. If it were me developing it, I'd be wanting to get the game out first, maybe do a bugfix realease, wait for the initial rush to die down, and only *then* release a lite version.

      Sucks for you, of course, but I don't mind if it works this way. Especially if it gets us the full game sooner. :)

      • http://newly-nerfed.net/ ZenMonkey

        That's cool. I'm not waiting for a price drop either; I'll be happy to pay the full price if the controls work for me.

  • http://newly-nerfed.net ZenMonkey

    What with all the hype I'm disappointed that there's no lite version. With these kind of games, ease of navigation makes all the difference to me. Especially at this price, I'll hold out for a trial before I buy, despite all the great things I've read about the game.

    • TKO

      This is a small (two man?) team ..it takes a bit of work to pare down the game to a lite version. If it were me developing it, I'd be wanting to get the game out first, maybe do a bugfix realease, wait for the initial rush to die down, and only *then* release a lite version.

      Sucks for you, of course, but I don't mind if it works this way. Especially if it gets us the full game sooner. :)

      • http://newly-nerfed.net/ ZenMonkey

        That's cool. I'm not waiting for a price drop either; I'll be happy to pay the full price if the controls work for me.

  • Darwiniandude

    Love it. Been playing for the last two hours. Bed time now. :(

  • Darwiniandude

    Love it. Been playing for the last two hours. Bed time now. :(

  • Gavaphone

    It's not so good... the interface is the worse part... crapy movement scenaries are empty of stuff... i get bored with just 1 hour of gameplay...

    Sorry guys. Not all are good words.

  • Gavaphone

    It's not so good... the interface is the worse part... crapy movement scenaries are empty of stuff... i get bored with just 1 hour of gameplay...

    Sorry guys. Not all are good words.

  • DDexter

    mimimi

    i like it

  • DDexter

    mimimi

    i like it

  • Nick M

    Bought it first thing in the morning today, great game so far. My preliminary review:

    Good:
    -Navigation is easy and responsive. Cranking "Sensitivity" really helps.
    -GREAT loading times. Very fast. Not at all like Dungeon Hunter ;)
    -Getting started is very easy in terms of how much money monsters drop vs. how much stuff you can buy with that. Plenty for potions etc.
    -Amulet that warps you into town is very convenient
    -You can run away from enemies with a good degree of success
    -Storyline seems interesting and not overly simple

    Bad:
    -No compass!!! HUH!?!?!? Like guys, come on! There is a map but no compass??? How useful is that?? @__@
    -Main character is visually creepy. Like he might do things to you at night if you're not watching.
    -Frame rate not as fluid as some other games on my 3GS, but nothing to complain about really
    -Weapon/Armor items are far too simple.. it seems they have no individually viewable stats at all? Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
    -Character/monster animation is nothing spectacular for sure
    -Character menu feels awkward. See Dungeon Hunter for a well thought out menu.
    -Primitive leveling system (only 4 stats, and you can't assign points to any of them... it seems to do it automatically based on your fighting style?)

    Conclusion: In a way this game reminds me of Oblivion. Great graphics and story. Bad animation, somewhat awkward gameplay. I'm not sure who it appeals to though: Hardcore RPG fans will find it too simple, and hack & slash fans will find it too slow-paced and violently unrewarding (in terms of how your attacks look, etc).

    Bottom line: I don't feel like I've wasted my money at all. It's a very interesting game, and the first open-map concept of its kind. I would recommend it, as long as you're willing to accept the fact that it's not as refined as Gameloft games perhaps, but it's very impressive in its own right.

    My preliminary rating: 7/10

    Buy it and see for yourself. :}

    • http://www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

      I think you're being a little harsh on this as a mobile game -- nothing of this scope has been attempted before as far as I know. A 7 compared to a PC adventure, maybe but as a phone game, I couldn't give it anything less than a 9. Context counts.

      You say: "I'm not sure who it appeals to though: Hardcore RPG fans will find it too simple, and hack & slash fans will find it too slow-paced and violently unrewarding (in terms of how your attacks look, etc)."

      Speaking for myself, I love Oblivion and Morrowind, but don't really have time to sit down for a proper playthrough that these games demand. Ravensword is a nice compromise, fitting in my pocket and satisfying that itch to go exploring in a lush 3D world whenever I have a few minutes of downtime.

    • http://ravensword.com AmazingRuss

      I'd tend to agree with that review. In retrospect, I think I should have hidden the RPG stats entirely, and just let them guide the game.

      The idea was to make a Casual RPG. That very idea seems to offend hardcore RPG people to their very core, and I am sorry for that.

      I firmly believe that, even while offended, they'll get their $6.99 out of the game though. Don't forget the added replay value of coming back here to bag on me about how crappy our game is!

  • Nick M

    Bought it first thing in the morning today, great game so far. My preliminary review:

    Good:
    -Navigation is easy and responsive. Cranking "Sensitivity" really helps.
    -GREAT loading times. Very fast. Not at all like Dungeon Hunter ;)
    -Getting started is very easy in terms of how much money monsters drop vs. how much stuff you can buy with that. Plenty for potions etc.
    -Amulet that warps you into town is very convenient
    -You can run away from enemies with a good degree of success
    -Storyline seems interesting and not overly simple

    Bad:
    -No compass!!! HUH!?!?!? Like guys, come on! There is a map but no compass??? How useful is that?? @__@
    -Main character is visually creepy. Like he might do things to you at night if you're not watching.
    -Frame rate not as fluid as some other games on my 3GS, but nothing to complain about really
    -Weapon/Armor items are far too simple.. it seems they have no individually viewable stats at all? Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
    -Character/monster animation is nothing spectacular for sure
    -Character menu feels awkward. See Dungeon Hunter for a well thought out menu.
    -Primitive leveling system (only 4 stats, and you can't assign points to any of them... it seems to do it automatically based on your fighting style?)

    Conclusion: In a way this game reminds me of Oblivion. Great graphics and story. Bad animation, somewhat awkward gameplay. I'm not sure who it appeals to though: Hardcore RPG fans will find it too simple, and hack & slash fans will find it too slow-paced and violently unrewarding (in terms of how your attacks look, etc).

    Bottom line: I don't feel like I've wasted my money at all. It's a very interesting game, and the first open-map concept of its kind. I would recommend it, as long as you're willing to accept the fact that it's not as refined as Gameloft games perhaps, but it's very impressive in its own right.

    My preliminary rating: 7/10

    Buy it and see for yourself. :}

    • http://www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

      I think you're being a little harsh on this as a mobile game -- nothing of this scope has been attempted before as far as I know. A 7 compared to a PC adventure, maybe but as a phone game, I couldn't give it anything less than a 9. Context counts.

      You say: "I'm not sure who it appeals to though: Hardcore RPG fans will find it too simple, and hack & slash fans will find it too slow-paced and violently unrewarding (in terms of how your attacks look, etc)."

      Speaking for myself, I love Oblivion and Morrowind, but don't really have time to sit down for a proper playthrough that these games demand. Ravensword is a nice compromise, fitting in my pocket and satisfying that itch to go exploring in a lush 3D world whenever I have a few minutes of downtime.

    • http://ravensword.com AmazingRuss

      I'd tend to agree with that review. In retrospect, I think I should have hidden the RPG stats entirely, and just let them guide the game.

      The idea was to make a Casual RPG. That very idea seems to offend hardcore RPG people to their very core, and I am sorry for that.

      I firmly believe that, even while offended, they'll get their $6.99 out of the game though. Don't forget the added replay value of coming back here to bag on me about how crappy our game is!

  • Lions

    downloaded before leaving for work. Blah... now have to wait until at least lunch to try it out.

  • Lions

    downloaded before leaving for work. Blah... now have to wait until at least lunch to try it out.

  • Kahdmus

    Congratulations Josh and Russ!!! D'loading now!!!

  • Kahdmus

    Congratulations Josh and Russ!!! D'loading now!!!

  • mark

    Great! I'm downloading now! :)
    Mark

  • mark

    Great! I'm downloading now! :)
    Mark

  • Erik

    Ehhh it is pretty good. Looking around controls need some work and the menus are horrible but the actual game play isn't that bad. Hopefully we got lots of bug fixes coming because it really feels like it has been rushed.

  • Erik

    Ehhh it is pretty good. Looking around controls need some work and the menus are horrible but the actual game play isn't that bad. Hopefully we got lots of bug fixes coming because it really feels like it has been rushed.

  • Stephan

    The camera should have been fixed, it's incredible annoying to swipe the screen the whole time. I just want the camera to follow the character. Graphics looks really cool though.

    • mark

      I have to say I REALLY like the interface. Coming form Elder Scrolls title it feels very much like the way I play those games on the PC. Feels like keyboard/mouse controls to me. I really enjoy looking around and would be completely frustrated if the camera was fixed view. This is how I play AND how I go through the REAL world! ;) I'm always looking around. LOL

      YMMV

      Mark

      • http://www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

        I think a one-handed control option like the simplified controls in Doom and Wolf Classic would be a nice option, since it's a shame to cover up the onscreen action with your thumbs all the time -- add your guy in 3rd person view and there's nothing left to see! I agree that 1st-person view is easier, especially for fighting.

        Is there a way to unlock from an enemy so you can run away from a fight?

  • Stephan

    The camera should have been fixed, it's incredible annoying to swipe the screen the whole time. I just want the camera to follow the character. Graphics looks really cool though.

    • mark

      I have to say I REALLY like the interface. Coming form Elder Scrolls title it feels very much like the way I play those games on the PC. Feels like keyboard/mouse controls to me. I really enjoy looking around and would be completely frustrated if the camera was fixed view. This is how I play AND how I go through the REAL world! ;) I'm always looking around. LOL

      YMMV

      Mark

      • http://www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

        I think a one-handed control option like the simplified controls in Doom and Wolf Classic would be a nice option, since it's a shame to cover up the onscreen action with your thumbs all the time -- add your guy in 3rd person view and there's nothing left to see! I agree that 1st-person view is easier, especially for fighting.

        Is there a way to unlock from an enemy so you can run away from a fight?

  • ClaroAtaxia

    The controls are not bad at all! Try switching to first-person view and the controls are a lot more natural. Third-person view is a bit awkward, especially inside buildings. No real complaints here! I'm REALLY hoping they release a couple expansions for it to increase the size of the world, but until then I've got plenty to keep me busy. I would have easily paid $10, maybe even $15 for this game. Great work!

  • ClaroAtaxia

    The controls are not bad at all! Try switching to first-person view and the controls are a lot more natural. Third-person view is a bit awkward, especially inside buildings. No real complaints here! I'm REALLY hoping they release a couple expansions for it to increase the size of the world, but until then I've got plenty to keep me busy. I would have easily paid $10, maybe even $15 for this game. Great work!

  • Howard

    Controls are PERFECT! Its astounding that something like this looks and plays so well on my iPhone!

    Simply AMAZING!!!!!!!

  • Howard

    Controls are PERFECT! Its astounding that something like this looks and plays so well on my iPhone!

    Simply AMAZING!!!!!!!

  • MWHApps

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!! I'm lvl 7 right now... lol
    I found out one of the easiest ways to make money is to put the sheep in their pen and you get like 64 gold every time... (at least for the first time for me)

  • MWHApps

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!! I'm lvl 7 right now... lol
    I found out one of the easiest ways to make money is to put the sheep in their pen and you get like 64 gold every time... (at least for the first time for me)

  • blackHorse

    Looks great, I'll buy it when it drops to 0.99USD!

    • ClaroAtaxia

      You'll be waiting quite some time then! This game is a steal at it's current price, not sure why you would want to wait.

      • http://www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

        Seriously, I can't understand how cheap people can be. A MINIMUM of 8 hours of gameplay for just seven bucks is a very cost effective form of entertainment! What else can you do that's as full of exploratory fun as this for 88 cents an hour? Ride the bus?

    • TKO

      Gee.. another 99c whiner. (a bit lite on the whine though.) Stick with your cheap rogue-like ports then son. This is a mans game. :p

    • http://ravensword.com AmazingRuss

      Ain't gonna happen. You shant have my precious for a buck!

      • Jindofox

        Hey Russ -- are you still feeling screwed over by the app store, or is the quick turnaround good enough?

        "casual rpg" is *just* what I wanted. That's what Oblivion is, too. :-)

  • blackHorse

    Looks great, I'll buy it when it drops to 0.99USD!

    • ClaroAtaxia

      You'll be waiting quite some time then! This game is a steal at it's current price, not sure why you would want to wait.

      • http://www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

        Seriously, I can't understand how cheap people can be. A MINIMUM of 8 hours of gameplay for just seven bucks is a very cost effective form of entertainment! What else can you do that's as full of exploratory fun as this for 88 cents an hour? Ride the bus?

    • TKO

      Gee.. another 99c whiner. (a bit lite on the whine though.) Stick with your cheap rogue-like ports then son. This is a mans game. :p

    • http://ravensword.com AmazingRuss

      Ain't gonna happen. You shant have my precious for a buck!

      • Jindofox

        Hey Russ -- are you still feeling screwed over by the app store, or is the quick turnaround good enough?

        "casual rpg" is *just* what I wanted. That's what Oblivion is, too. :-)

  • iRichie

    Late comment
    5 out of 5
    I just wanted to say WOW !!! this game looks and plays great.The graphics on this really show what the iphone/ipod are capable of.I'm running this on a 2gen ipod with the foliage on,shadows off and it runs really nice.One of many things I like about the game is that you can turn the HUD off so I can relax and really get into the game.

    So this is a little late but I wanted to thank both Josh and Russ for making such a great game.I also wanted to say if you guys are making expations to this game you can count me sold.

    Controls are perfect,the price is right....I could go on and on.

    iRichie

  • iRichie

    Late comment
    5 out of 5
    I just wanted to say WOW !!! this game looks and plays great.The graphics on this really show what the iphone/ipod are capable of.I'm running this on a 2gen ipod with the foliage on,shadows off and it runs really nice.One of many things I like about the game is that you can turn the HUD off so I can relax and really get into the game.

    So this is a little late but I wanted to thank both Josh and Russ for making such a great game.I also wanted to say if you guys are making expations to this game you can count me sold.

    Controls are perfect,the price is right....I could go on and on.

    iRichie

  • Alex

    Wow, this is excellent. Perfect when I need to get my rpg fix at home. For those complaining about controls, you try and find a better method. The one addition I would make to the game would be shields. Would be simple enough, just another button beside the attack button.
    Anyways, I give it and 8.5/10 considering it's on the ipod.

  • Alex

    Wow, this is excellent. Perfect when I need to get my rpg fix at home. For those complaining about controls, you try and find a better method. The one addition I would make to the game would be shields. Would be simple enough, just another button beside the attack button.
    Anyways, I give it and 8.5/10 considering it's on the ipod.

  • Alex

    Wow, this is excellent. Perfect when I need to get my rpg fix at home. For those complaining about controls, you try and find a better method. The one addition I would make to the game would be shields. Would be simple enough, just another button beside the attack button.
    Anyways, I give it and 8.5/10 considering it's on the ipod.

  • Alex

    Wow, this is excellent. Perfect when I need to get my rpg fix at home. For those complaining about controls, you try and find a better method. The one addition I would make to the game would be shields. Would be simple enough, just another button beside the attack button.
    Anyways, I give it and 8.5/10 considering it\'s on the ipod.

  • http://www.bedroomfurniturewhs.com/ Platform Beds

    Seems a pretty good game from Apple. :)