Action RPGs on the App Store have been steadily improving with the release of each new game. The first, The Chronicles of Inotia, was received with mixed feelings. Later, Zenonia was greeted as a vast improvement (albeit with its own flaws) and most recently Inotia 2 stole the crown upon its release last November. Now FDG Entertainment has upped the ante once again with Across Age [App Store], an RPG that explores time travel and simultaneous management of multiple characters.

The story of Across Age is standard fare for the genre, falling cleanly into a long line of RPGs in which the goal is to save the world from an evil magician. Unlike certain other similar games on the App Store, however, the writing and translation is extremely well done, with no noticeable spelling or grammatical gaffes. These high quality production values show in the soundtrack and crisp art style as well; each environment is colorful and carries its own unique and catchy background music.

Across Age's big hook is that players control two separate characters at once, switching between them and separating them at will by touching on their icons located at the bottom of the screen. The male character, a knight named Ales, can pick up the female mage character, Ceska, and throw her to otherwise unreachable areas. This creates opportunities for fun puzzles that might require Ceska to reach a switch to open a door for Ales, or simply lead to hidden treasure.

The character separation and cooperation element works quite well to create good puzzle variation. One puzzle might require Ales to separate and engage in a simple block pushing minigame, while others could turn into a complex maze that requires the two characters to separate and help each other progress. New mechanics (like a "boat" that can be used to navigate watery environments) are introduced at a fairly consistent rate throughout the game, effectively preventing things from becoming boring and repetitive.


Across Age's other big gameplay gimmick is the ability for Ceska to time travel through the use of sparsely-located panels. This opens up plenty of possibilities, and often forces players to think creatively. In one instance, Ceska has to go back in time to drop off a wine bottle, only to return years in the future to harvest the now priceless aged wine. Special items called rebirth stones can be left along with a normal item in a magic pool located in the game's central city and returned to in the future to create special items and weapons. This system can often add special attributes to weapons and other items, and experimentation is encouraged to discover the best possible results.

Combat in Across Age might take a while to get fully acquainted with, but it works quite well after a bit of practice. Ales attacks by running directly into enemies (which looks quite stupid at first but makes sense if you think about it; why do you need hit a button to do something that can be done automatically?) and Ceska attacks with a variety of spells, usually long range attacks. Her spells can be cast by tapping the big button in the bottom right, and the game is pretty forgiving with the hit area around attacks to make up for the game's rather limiting eight-way directional movement scheme.

Boss battles might be one of the best parts of Across Age. Unlike many RPGs, which simply force players to mindlessly attack boss characters until they die, this game demands a sound strategy to earn a victory. In one instance I was faced with a giant plant monster which had to first be weakened with Ceska's recently learned fireball attack before Ales could rush in to attack in its weakened state.

Across Age does have its fair share of problems, most of which probably can't be fixed in a simple update. The equipment screen takes a fair bit of getting used to due to the small text size that makes it rather unresponsive to touch, and the game's zoomed-in camera makes some enemies lurking in the southern regions of the screen difficult to detect before running directly into them. The most glaring flaw rears its head early in the game: some areas must be revisited far too many times to progress through the story.

The lack of multiplayer might be berated by some, but since only one character can attack at once as according to the intentional design of the game, I don't think of it as a missing feature. A great combination of fun combat and good puzzle variation allows Across Age to swiftly avoid the problems that many RPGs run into, and its high production values only serve to increase the already substantial attractive nature of the game for fans of the genre. Zenonia 2 has a lot to prove if it's going to continue the trend of ever-increasingly great action RPGs being released on the App Store.

App Store Link: Across Age, $6.99

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  • Billy

    Is this game rated NC-17 or what?

    • Ryan Rigney

      Weirdly enough, that one particular character is pretty much the only R-rated thing in the whole game :P

      • Where can I find a walkthrough

        I'm stuck in the dungeon where you get the ice spell... I can't fingure out what I need to do with the button that says it needs something heavier than a person... Any body know what to do here?

      • fred_zhuzhu

        go back in the room where there is a huge stone (several times go down then right and up 2 or three times), select the guy and bring the huge stone back in the room where you're blocked

  • stargazer513

    YES BEEN WAITING FOR THIS!!!

  • Billy

    Is this game rated NC-17 or what?

    • Ryan Rigney

      Weirdly enough, that one particular character is pretty much the only R-rated thing in the whole game :P

      • Where can I find a walkthrough

        I'm stuck in the dungeon where you get the ice spell... I can't fingure out what I need to do with the button that says it needs something heavier than a person... Any body know what to do here?

      • fred_zhuzhu

        go back in the room where there is a huge stone (several times go down then right and up 2 or three times), select the guy and bring the huge stone back in the room where you're blocked

  • stargazer513

    YES BEEN WAITING FOR THIS!!!

  • mgabrys

    I kid you not my anti-spam word was BROAD. Wow, between the bowling-ball chests and the kaptchas, this site needs to rub one out badly.

    Just let us all watch.

    • Ryan Rigney

      dude wut

      • Matt

        Haha - that made me laugh!

  • mgabrys

    I kid you not my anti-spam word was BROAD. Wow, between the bowling-ball chests and the kaptchas, this site needs to rub one out badly.

    Just let us all watch.

    • Ryan Rigney

      dude wut

      • Matt

        Haha - that made me laugh!

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

    Wow, this is a great review, thank you Ryan and TA team. Enjoy!! :)

    • Ryan Rigney

      I enjoyed it! :)

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

    Wow, this is a great review, thank you Ryan and TA team. Enjoy!! :)

    • Ryan Rigney

      I enjoyed it! :)

  • Tim

    Zenonia 2 needs to get rid of the mindless grinding, laundry list quests, and add actual puzzles to the game.

    How does across ages measure up to my 3 complaints about Zenonia?
    Obviously it does the puzzles right. What about the other 2?

    tim

    • Ryan Rigney

      I'll tell ya if you post your 3 complaints. Not googling for them ;P

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

      Give it a go, Tim. No grinding, no laundry quests (except a sidequest string with lots of exchange items/goodies) :)

    • Noman

      exactly my complaints, if not I am so getting it.

    • Chad

      I agree with the first two points. I don't like puzzles, though. I'd play a puzzle game if I wanted to do puzzles. I want action and that's what Zenonia is.

    • lol

      Zenonia has mindless grind because its korean. Gooks do this stupid shit. The nation is enslaved under RPGs. Across Age is Japanese. Hence less shit.

  • Brandon

    Breast aren't that big. And a warrior wouldn't wear anything like that in her right mind. She'd have to worry about "something" falling out.... :facepalm:

    I still bought it in a hearbeat because the apptell quote mentioned Zelda lol

    • Ryan Rigney

      It's an RPG. Boob physics operate on a totally different level.

      • Jestowe

        Yeah rpg boobs double as chest armor, the bigger they are the more protection

  • Tim

    Zenonia 2 needs to get rid of the mindless grinding, laundry list quests, and add actual puzzles to the game.

    How does across ages measure up to my 3 complaints about Zenonia?
    Obviously it does the puzzles right. What about the other 2?

    tim

    • Ryan Rigney

      I'll tell ya if you post your 3 complaints. Not googling for them ;P

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

      Give it a go, Tim. No grinding, no laundry quests (except a sidequest string with lots of exchange items/goodies) :)

    • Noman

      exactly my complaints, if not I am so getting it.

    • Chad

      I agree with the first two points. I don't like puzzles, though. I'd play a puzzle game if I wanted to do puzzles. I want action and that's what Zenonia is.

    • lol

      Zenonia has mindless grind because its korean. Gooks do this stupid shit. The nation is enslaved under RPGs. Across Age is Japanese. Hence less shit.

  • Brandon

    Breast aren't that big. And a warrior wouldn't wear anything like that in her right mind. She'd have to worry about "something" falling out.... :facepalm:

    I still bought it in a hearbeat because the apptell quote mentioned Zelda lol

    • Ryan Rigney

      It's an RPG. Boob physics operate on a totally different level.

  • Brandon

    I liked the youtube vid LOL

  • Brandon

    I liked the youtube vid LOL

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    Are those boobs made of clay? Cause if they're not, she should probably get to a doctor. Those lumps look cancerous.

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    Are those boobs made of clay? Cause if they're not, she should probably get to a doctor. Those lumps look cancerous.

  • http://www.tylertv.net TylerTV

    Yes! One of my videos made it to the front page!

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

      Thanks again, Tyler. You did a great job with the video. Cheers!

  • http://www.tylertv.net TylerTV

    Yes! One of my videos made it to the front page!

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

      Thanks again, Tyler. You did a great job with the video. Cheers!

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

    maybe exchange that special screenshot to avoid further "boob physics" discussion? LOL! :)

    • Ryan Rigney

      Done ;) We don't want to get too far into that discussion :)

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

    maybe exchange that special screenshot to avoid further "boob physics" discussion? LOL! :)

    • Ryan Rigney

      Done ;) We don't want to get too far into that discussion :)

  • Zuriyahe

    Hea Mage: I understand that I should keep up with my studies. but...I...um..keep getting distracted...

  • Zuriyahe

    Hea Mage: I understand that I should keep up with my studies. but...I...um..keep getting distracted...

  • NEG

    This is totally the complete package that any RPG fan will love! Anyone looking for a Zelda, Y's, Chrono Gear will be very happy to be playing Across Age! Graphics, inventory, battle system, all spot on. Can't say enough about this game so given the character limit and all I am going to get back to playing! Thanks FDG and thanks Future777 for being so involved in keeping us up to day. This was SO worth the wait!

  • NEG

    This is totally the complete package that any RPG fan will love! Anyone looking for a Zelda, Y's, Chrono Gear will be very happy to be playing Across Age! Graphics, inventory, battle system, all spot on. Can't say enough about this game so given the character limit and all I am going to get back to playing! Thanks FDG and thanks Future777 for being so involved in keeping us up to day. This was SO worth the wait!

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

    thanks for the awesome review ryan!
    glad you enjoy across age!! =)

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

    thanks for the awesome review ryan!
    glad you enjoy across age!! =)

  • SirDarkened

    Hey I was just wondering will this feature an update with storymode co-op? one person plays the mage, other plays the warrior.

    If so I will definitely pick this one up.

  • http://toucharcade? SirDarkened

    Hey I was just wondering will this feature an update with storymode co-op? one person plays the mage, other plays the warrior.

    If so I will definitely pick this one up.

  • mgabrys

    Hillarious - pics removed - can't wait for the kids to download some Manga-porn by mistake now. Surprise mom - it's for my iTouchmyself!

    Kudos for keeping that nerd-sex stereotype flag flying FDG. From the same country that asks the question that needs asking; Why would you need women when you can have a pillow with some anime on it to hump vigorously.

    http://www.toyslogic.com/index.php?main_page=sidebar_pillow_cushion

    Gee thanks internet. We're not all 12.

  • mgabrys

    Hillarious - pics removed - can't wait for the kids to download some Manga-porn by mistake now. Surprise mom - it's for my iTouchmyself!

    Kudos for keeping that nerd-sex stereotype flag flying FDG. From the same country that asks the question that needs asking; Why would you need women when you can have a pillow with some anime on it to hump vigorously.

    http://www.toyslogic.com/index.php?main_page=sidebar_pillow_cushion

    Gee thanks internet. We're not all 12.

  • Chad

    I really hate Puzzle bloated RPGs (unless it's Puzzle Quest :P). Pass

  • Chad

    I really hate Puzzle bloated RPGs (unless it's Puzzle Quest :P). Pass

  • Jimmy

    its cool and all but its a far cry from zelda its more of a mystery dungeon game it lacks the cool things zelda has i know i sound like im whining but they compare it to zelda in the description and its very different

    • http://www.ChronoSoft.com CommanderData

      Except it's not a Mystery Dungeon game at all. Nothing is randomized, the areas are all pre defined and the same every time you visit them. It is very much like Zelda, just not your 3-D vision of Zelda... it's like all the great 2-D Zelda games made over the years. Action combat, puzzles in the environment to overcome...

      What "cool things" does Zelda have that this game does not? If you can tell the dev, maybe they will add it in...

  • Jimmy

    its cool and all but its a far cry from zelda its more of a mystery dungeon game it lacks the cool things zelda has i know i sound like im whining but they compare it to zelda in the description and its very different

    • http://www.ChronoSoft.com CommanderData

      Except it's not a Mystery Dungeon game at all. Nothing is randomized, the areas are all pre defined and the same every time you visit them. It is very much like Zelda, just not your 3-D vision of Zelda... it's like all the great 2-D Zelda games made over the years. Action combat, puzzles in the environment to overcome...

      What "cool things" does Zelda have that this game does not? If you can tell the dev, maybe they will add it in...

  • 00

    Giev boobs back plz !

    • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

      +1!

    • shadowsfall

      Too much fail in 4 words.

  • 00

    Giev boobs back plz !

    • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

      +1!

    • shadowsfall

      Too much fail in 4 words.

  • Jocelyn(;

    I love this game!

    I'm stuck at the place where you discovered that the old sage is dead so you have to go back in time. What and where do I go to or do?

  • Jocelyn(;

    I love this game!

    I'm stuck at the place where you discovered that the old sage is dead so you have to go back in time. What and where do I go to or do?

  • Prisha

    I love this game, but I'm stuck in that water temple where you need to get the heavy weight thing. (Map, anyone?) Personally, I think that whole "boat" puzzle took /way/ too long, and there REALLY needs to be some sort of map so you aren't aimlessly wandering around the dungeons looking for something new.

  • Prisha

    I love this game, but I'm stuck in that water temple where you need to get the heavy weight thing. (Map, anyone?) Personally, I think that whole "boat" puzzle took /way/ too long, and there REALLY needs to be some sort of map so you aren't aimlessly wandering around the dungeons looking for something new.

  • cheche

    NECESITO AYUDA en el juego al principio despues de recibir la piedra y irla a cambiar a la taberna y que me den un cuadro y llevarlo a cambiar al tipo de la casa de abajo a la izquierda que me da una semilla segun tengo que ir a la izquierda donde es el west hacia lapiconcot forest pero al llegar a la ultima parte para poder avanzar se me traba el juego me dice que esta cargando ahora pero se traba si se sigue escuchando la musica pero ya no continua el juego que se hace o que hago necesito ayuda

    • Dr_madrid28

      yo tengo el mismo problema por favor ayuda¡¡¡ mi iphone tiene el IOS 4.02 gracias¡¡¡

  • cheche

    NECESITO AYUDA en el juego al principio despues de recibir la piedra y irla a cambiar a la taberna y que me den un cuadro y llevarlo a cambiar al tipo de la casa de abajo a la izquierda que me da una semilla segun tengo que ir a la izquierda donde es el west hacia lapiconcot forest pero al llegar a la ultima parte para poder avanzar se me traba el juego me dice que esta cargando ahora pero se traba si se sigue escuchando la musica pero ya no continua el juego que se hace o que hago necesito ayuda

  • cheche

    NEED HELP in the game after receiving the top stone and lead to changes to the tavern and give me a picture and bring it to change the type of the lower house on the left that gives me a seed I have to go according to left where it is the west to lapiconcot forest but on reaching the last part to advance the game will lock me tells me that this loading is locked now but if it keeps listening to the music but does not continue the game is done or I do need help

  • cheche

    NEED HELP in the game after receiving the top stone and lead to changes to the tavern and give me a picture and bring it to change the type of the lower house on the left that gives me a seed I have to go according to left where it is the west to lapiconcot forest but on reaching the last part to advance the game will lock me tells me that this loading is locked now but if it keeps listening to the music but does not continue the game is done or I do need help

  • kaitlin

    I'm stuck in the clock mansion(i can't remember the name). I couldn't defeat the count. Can anyone please help me and show me how to defeat him (like the steps that i need to do.) thank you..

  • kaitlin

    I'm stuck in the clock mansion(i can't remember the name). I couldn't defeat the count. Can anyone please help me and show me how to defeat him (like the steps that i need to do.) thank you..

  • Across_Fan

    Across Age is the first RPG I downloaded from the App store for my Ipad. Absolutely fell in love with the game within minutes, and it was the first game in years to get me hooked completely. Great characters, great story line and plot. It took me about two weeks to finish this Zelda type game, but seeing this is one of the first Really well done RPGs for the Ipad, they sacrificed longevity for quality, which was a smart move on their part.

    I wish the game had been longer, but now that they have the programming in place, they should be able to make a killer sequel quickly, I hope!

    This should go up the line to the top of the app store quickly, I loved this game!

  • Across_Fan

    Across Age is the first RPG I downloaded from the App store for my Ipad. Absolutely fell in love with the game within minutes, and it was the first game in years to get me hooked completely. Great characters, great story line and plot. It took me about two weeks to finish this Zelda type game, but seeing this is one of the first Really well done RPGs for the Ipad, they sacrificed longevity for quality, which was a smart move on their part.

    I wish the game had been longer, but now that they have the programming in place, they should be able to make a killer sequel quickly, I hope!

    This should go up the line to the top of the app store quickly, I loved this game!

  • zelda girl 55

    i love across age my sister plays it all the time plus i think ales is kinda cute

    • Michaelmon84

      can u please help me in the tavern where there is nine blocks 5 blue and 4 red , ive tried every sequence to open door and i cant figure it out , thanks email is michaelmon84@gmail.com

  • http://goole zelda girl 55

    i love across age my sister plays it all the time plus i think ales is kinda cute

  • Draycos

    I'm thinking on getting the full version of this, but I think $6 to $7 (I've gotten different numbers) is too much. Is it really worth it? I've fallen in love with the freebie thingy, but should I pay money for the full version? Or is there something like it that's free (sigh I like this game).

  • Draycos

    I'm thinking on getting the full version of this, but I think $6 to $7 (I've gotten different numbers) is too much. Is it really worth it? I've fallen in love with the freebie thingy, but should I pay money for the full version? Or is there something like it that's free (sigh I like this game).

  • Angela

    Is there romance in this game between the two characters Ales and Ceska?

  • Angela

    Is there romance in this game between the two characters Ales and Ceska?

  • bre

    i am stuck please help! i got in the cave by the beach and cant get past it i need the key for the door at the end? where would i find that

  • Kwiekrissy

    hey guys.
    I can not seem to get over the Sea. I know I could freeze parts of it. Only one problem. I cant manage to get the ice spell. Can somebody help?

  • Tkhuat99

    hey guys,
    can anybody pls show me, i'm stuck in house of clocks part.

    • Michaelmon84

      which part are you stuck

  • Isaiahgallegos

    anyone help me im stuck on the first cave how might i be able to get the vines out the way, in the cave where u have to try and get the first clock plz help this game is very irrating im about to break my ipod :/

  • Nighttrain0

    Anyone help me get to the cave from the raft in the sea? I keep going around in circles and cant' figure it out?

    • Michaelmon84

      yes i can help you email me and ill send you the info

      • Carol

        I am looking for the clocks and need to remove the vines that are in the way - how do I do that

  • Michaelmon84

    i love this gam and im currently in the tavern where there is nine blocks and theres 5 blue and 4 red ......does anyone know what sequence they go in? please help me michaelmon84@gmail.com