We absolutely loved Sword of Fargoal [App Store] when it was first released, following our glowing review we also not only gave it our highest rating in our Best iPhone Games of December 2009 post, but it also made appearances both our overall best games of 2009 roundup and our 2009 best retro games listing. In other words, there was plenty of reasons to pick up Sword of Fargoal before today's update dropped, which has only served to make a fantastic game even better.

Previously, while Sword of Fargoal was by far the more approachable roguelike, if you went in to the game not knowing anything about it there was still plenty of room for confusion. This has been completely remedied by a fantastic tutorial that covers nearly every aspect of the game. On top of this, there are now three difficulty levels ranging from "squire" where it's nearly impossible to die, and "legend" which adds a delicious level of difficulty where you can quite literally die from the first monster you encounter if you're not careful.

On top of this, there's also new art, magic, traps, monsters, and tons of other tweaks in a fully fleshed out options menu where you can do things like toggle the going up or down stairs animation between levels. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to die about 500 times trying to recover the Sword of Fargoal while playing on legendary difficulty.

App Store Link: Sword of Fargoal, $4.99

  • Dark_Messenger

    I dont get it. What is so amazing with this game? It looks like absolute crap to me.

    • Cheese

      So maybe the game looks like 'crap', but have you played it? Sometimes all that matters is good gameplay that engages the player. Good graphics do not constitute good gameplay. Too many people form opinions on games based on absolutely no direct experience with the game. If you don't believe me, just go read any forum or message board for any unreleased game title. It's sad.

    • JCat

      Ah, so you judge a game by its looks; Epic loss on your part. Not all games have to look like Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 to be pure fun. Today's so called "hardcore" gamers make me laugh.

  • Dark_Messenger

    I dont get it. What is so amazing with this game? It looks like absolute crap to me.

    • Cheese

      So maybe the game looks like 'crap', but have you played it? Sometimes all that matters is good gameplay that engages the player. Good graphics do not constitute good gameplay. Too many people form opinions on games based on absolutely no direct experience with the game. If you don't believe me, just go read any forum or message board for any unreleased game title. It's sad.

    • JCat

      Ah, so you judge a game by its looks; Epic loss on your part. Not all games have to look like Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 to be pure fun. Today's so called "hardcore" gamers make me laugh.

  • Tim

    You should try playing it, instead of making ignorant comments and thinking pretty graphics equals great gameplay. Jeez, some people's kids...

  • Tim

    You should try playing it, instead of making ignorant comments and thinking pretty graphics equals great gameplay. Jeez, some people's kids...

  • D

    what a deliciously tantalizing review, honestly it's just absolutely gorgeous ;)
    but seriously tho u get props for using "delicious" to describe a difficulty level!! Now if only you could use the word "discombobulated" in one of your reviews, then I would REALLY be impressed.......

  • D

    what a deliciously tantalizing review, honestly it's just absolutely gorgeous ;)
    but seriously tho u get props for using "delicious" to describe a difficulty level!! Now if only you could use the word "discombobulated" in one of your reviews, then I would REALLY be impressed.......

  • Noman

    just picked this up and I am enjoying it.

  • Noman

    just picked this up and I am enjoying it.

  • http://www.callboxlive.com Stan Winstone

    Yeah it's not the prettiest game in the world but it's a lot of fun. Give me that over some crappy Unity game I drop after 10 seconds any day of the week.

  • http://www.callboxlive.com Stan Winstone

    Yeah it's not the prettiest game in the world but it's a lot of fun. Give me that over some crappy Unity game I drop after 10 seconds any day of the week.

  • http://twitter.com/wilhelmr WilhelmR

    Added to my wishlist, waiting for the price to go down :)

  • http://twitter.com/wilhelmr WilhelmR

    Added to my wishlist, waiting for the price to go down :)

  • JORDZ

    looks like a steaming pile of horse radish

  • JORDZ

    looks like a steaming pile of horse radish

  • http://www.saucelifter.com Madgarden

    I like horse radish!

    • Lord Gek

      This game is SPICY HOT!

      I particularly love the introduction of difficulty levels as now more than ever the game offers something for everyone!

  • http://www.saucelifter.com Madgarden

    I like horse radish!

    • Lord Gek

      This game is SPICY HOT!

      I particularly love the introduction of difficulty levels as now more than ever the game offers something for everyone!

  • Mindfield

    Horseradish doesn't have much replay value though, so this is nothing like horseradish.

  • Mindfield

    Horseradish doesn't have much replay value though, so this is nothing like horseradish.

  • Luke Freiler

    I honestly don't get this one either. I understand the nostalgia, but I bought it based on reviews and really felt like the money was badly spent. For me it wasn't about the graphics, I could care less - I just didn't find it engaging at all.

    • Rrrabbit

      Yeah, I didn't really get it either.

  • Luke Freiler

    I honestly don't get this one either. I understand the nostalgia, but I bought it based on reviews and really felt like the money was badly spent. For me it wasn't about the graphics, I could care less - I just didn't find it engaging at all.

    • Rrrabbit

      Yeah, I didn't really get it either.

  • MrMuesli

    I am totally discombobulated how anyone can find this game lacking in anyway. SoF is a superb game, and should (like horse radish) grace the 'What's Hot' section: )

    • D

      hahaha +1 for using discombobulated!!!!

      • MrMuesli

        Aim to please! Now, how can we get 'flibbertigibbet' into this somehow?; )

  • MrMuesli

    I am totally discombobulated how anyone can find this game lacking in anyway. SoF is a superb game, and should (like horse radish) grace the 'What's Hot' section: )

    • D

      hahaha +1 for using discombobulated!!!!

      • MrMuesli

        Aim to please! Now, how can we get 'flibbertigibbet' into this somehow?; )

  • Bosconian

    Hmm...

    Tempted, but not sure it's worth $5.

    I'll wait for a sale. Already have too many apps anyway.

  • Bosconian

    Hmm...

    Tempted, but not sure it's worth $5.

    I'll wait for a sale. Already have too many apps anyway.

  • Robert

    I was skeptical but it is an excellent games. The graphics are actually nicely done though I'm not a retro fanboy. The sounds are perfect!

  • Robert

    I was skeptical but it is an excellent games. The graphics are actually nicely done though I'm not a retro fanboy. The sounds are perfect!

  • Mike

    $4.99 is kinda steep, looks like originally it was $2.99 and the price went up.. I'll have to wait for a sale.

  • Mike

    $4.99 is kinda steep, looks like originally it was $2.99 and the price went up.. I'll have to wait for a sale.

  • http://www.ummband.com poutini

    I'm holding out for 2.99 at the least - getting low on cash this time of year. :(

  • http://www.ummband.com poutini

    I'm holding out for 2.99 at the least - getting low on cash this time of year. :(

  • Symbolist

    Just bought the game. Did because there is hope for replayability - and the game will fit to those Gotland nights in my upcoming vacation.

  • Symbolist

    Just bought the game. Did because there is hope for replayability - and the game will fit to those Gotland nights in my upcoming vacation.

  • guibs

    They need to come up with a lite version. I never played a Rogue type game but I don't want to try it at 5$ a piece. for people like me, I'd like a taste of the gameplay before I invest in the full game. Buying something you aren'T sure at .99$ is fine for trying out something new, but at 5$, I'd like to know if I'll like it first.

  • guibs

    They need to come up with a lite version. I never played a Rogue type game but I don't want to try it at 5$ a piece. for people like me, I'd like a taste of the gameplay before I invest in the full game. Buying something you aren'T sure at .99$ is fine for trying out something new, but at 5$, I'd like to know if I'll like it first.

  • Noah

    I want to see a concise list of updates, not just "new spells, and art!"

    • MrMuesli

      I think it was their intention NOT to include a comprehensive list of up-dates. It's in the spirit of Rogue-Likes to find these things out as you go along. A little mystery to keep your interest peaked.

  • Noah

    I want to see a concise list of updates, not just "new spells, and art!"

    • MrMuesli

      I think it was their intention NOT to include a comprehensive list of up-dates. It's in the spirit of Rogue-Likes to find these things out as you go along. A little mystery to keep your interest peaked.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

    A pretty perfect game got even better!
    Diving down again. Bye...

  • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

    A pretty perfect game got even better!
    Diving down again. Bye...

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/ujnhunter Ujn Hunter

    Still waiting for this to go to $0.99... come on! You can do it!

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/ujnhunter Ujn Hunter

    Still waiting for this to go to $0.99... come on! You can do it!

  • http://www.saucelifter.com Madgarden

    Sorry... no $0.99 action coming any time soon.

    • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

      And this is GOOD!

    • Mike

      I think many of us would do it for $1.99-$2.99, I would. It just looks like your hurting yourself more on the price tag from the comments above. Even the original review the last comment points out the price jump. I understand you need to make a profit, but your also battling thousands of other games at a lower price range. But it will be on my list to eventually buy.

      • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

        This game is worth WAY more.
        Just one of the titles with the highes replay value and the biggest content!

      • http://www.saucelifter.com Madgarden

        There never was a price "jump..." the game had a $2.99 sale around Christmas, and I think we had another one briefly for the new years blowout.

    • http://www.reverbnation.com/ujnhunter Ujn Hunter

      Well I'll be waiting... If you ever want to make a quick buck... Ha! Have a 30 minute sale. I'll be first in line.

      • riggy469

        I'll be right there behind you! Bring on a sale!

  • http://www.saucelifter.com Madgarden

    Sorry... no $0.99 action coming any time soon.

    • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

      And this is GOOD!

    • Mike

      I think many of us would do it for $1.99-$2.99, I would. It just looks like your hurting yourself more on the price tag from the comments above. Even the original review the last comment points out the price jump. I understand you need to make a profit, but your also battling thousands of other games at a lower price range. But it will be on my list to eventually buy.

      • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

        This game is worth WAY more.
        Just one of the titles with the highes replay value and the biggest content!

      • http://www.saucelifter.com Madgarden

        There never was a price "jump..." the game had a $2.99 sale around Christmas, and I think we had another one briefly for the new years blowout.

    • http://www.reverbnation.com/ujnhunter Ujn Hunter

      Well I'll be waiting... If you ever want to make a quick buck... Ha! Have a 30 minute sale. I'll be first in line.

      • riggy469

        I'll be right there behind you! Bring on a sale!

  • lookmark

    No nostalgia value here (I never played the original), but big fan of Fargoal here, and highly recommended to fans of roguelikes - it's well, well worth $5. The 1.1 update improves on the original in just about every way. The graphics are certainly old-school but don't be mislead by that... the attention to detail is very impressive and the total effect is both fun and charming.

  • lookmark

    No nostalgia value here (I never played the original), but big fan of Fargoal here, and highly recommended to fans of roguelikes - it's well, well worth $5. The 1.1 update improves on the original in just about every way. The graphics are certainly old-school but don't be mislead by that... the attention to detail is very impressive and the total effect is both fun and charming.

  • http://www.saucelifter.com Madgarden

    I also wanted to mention that the sound effects are all 100% realtime synthesized oldskool awesomeness, and well, I just can't get over thinking how cool that is (even though I made it). :) I've always loved synth sound effects!

    • Seb

      Thats just boosted my love for this game 100-fold!

    • lookmark

      The music & sounds effects are just top-notch - congrats. So many other games neglect this super-important component.

  • http://www.saucelifter.com Madgarden

    I also wanted to mention that the sound effects are all 100% realtime synthesized oldskool awesomeness, and well, I just can't get over thinking how cool that is (even though I made it). :) I've always loved synth sound effects!

    • Seb

      Thats just boosted my love for this game 100-fold!

    • lookmark

      The music & sounds effects are just top-notch - congrats. So many other games neglect this super-important component.

  • David S.

    I've gotten more out of this game than any 5 of my .99¢ games combined. So, I don't understand not being able to spend five bucks. This isn't a black screen with ASCII art, it's a full-fledged multimedia game.

    Also, trying to guilt-trip the developers to cut their prices directly to their faces? Too funny.

    --

    PS, Madgarden, I downloaded the update, started a new game on 'Legend', and died five minutes in. Very, very happy with that. I think retrieving the sword a third time is going to be a completely new experience. :-)

    • http://www.saucelifter.com Madgarden

      David S., You're quite welcome... killing you early is my pleasure! ;)

      P.S. Bugfix update should be submitted tomorrow, for any who have experienced problems.

  • David S.

    I've gotten more out of this game than any 5 of my .99¢ games combined. So, I don't understand not being able to spend five bucks. This isn't a black screen with ASCII art, it's a full-fledged multimedia game.

    Also, trying to guilt-trip the developers to cut their prices directly to their faces? Too funny.

    --

    PS, Madgarden, I downloaded the update, started a new game on 'Legend', and died five minutes in. Very, very happy with that. I think retrieving the sword a third time is going to be a completely new experience. :-)

    • http://www.saucelifter.com Madgarden

      David S., You're quite welcome... killing you early is my pleasure! ;)

      P.S. Bugfix update should be submitted tomorrow, for any who have experienced problems.

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