Last month news broke that video game giant Square Enix was bringing a brand new RPG exclusively to the iPhone, and that it was being developed by a team whose combined resumé consisted of work in both the Wild Arms and Final Fantasy series. Needless to say, expectations skyrocketed with such an announcement, and to top it off this ambitious project is based on an entirely new, unproven IP. Now that Chaos Rings [App Store] is finally available, does it actually deliver? After putting the game through its paces, I can safely say it stands to not only meet any high expectations but exceed them in remarkable fashion. With stunning visuals and captivating gameplay that is tailored specifically for Apple's device, Chaos Rings defines what an RPG experience should be like on a mobile platform.

The story revolves around a dark tournament in a mysterious place known as the Arka Arena. Take control of one of four two-person teams as you advance through the arena's enemy-laden dungeons, ultimately preparing to square off against the opposing teams themselves in a fight to the death. The last ones standing are promised eternal youth and immortality. The reason each combatant has been summoned to this tournament and exactly why they have been paired with their particular partner slowly unfold via text cutscenes as the game progresses. Each team has their own storyline to play through, and they all intertwine with one another in intriguing ways. It's all very well written and remains interesting while still being suitable for on-the-go play, avoiding the problem of an overly convoluted story that is hard to follow in short bursts.

The bulk of the game is spent traversing through the Arka Arena's four distinct dungeon locations. Here you'll engage enemies randomly in a combination of indoor and outdoor settings, and each dungeon has a mid-level and end-level boss encounter. The random fighting is broken up with an occasional logic puzzle that must be beaten to advance in the game by granting an item or access to a new area. The style of the puzzles varies based on which dungeon you're in and what team you're playing with. They're a fun distraction, and force you to think hard while delivering a breather from the constant enemy confrontations.

The battle system is turn-based and has you controlling both characters in your party with an easy to use touch menu interface. The two members of your team can either attack individually or pair-up for a combined strike. This collaborative effort can deliver a more devastating blow, but leaves your combatants vulnerable to being counter-attacked in tandem. There's also a number of upgradeable magic abilities and weapons in the game that are obtained from defeated enemies, treasure chests, or the in-game shop. Control outside of battle is handled simply with an analog stick that appears anywhere the screen is touched, and one multi-use action button in the corner.

The structure of Chaos Rings is intelligently designed, and caters to a broad variety of players. Before entering a dungeon, you can choose the difficulty level of the enemies you face within. The higher the level you play on, the more treasure and rare items you will come across. A more casual gamer can choose to fight the easiest tier of enemies as they make their way through the story. In addition, you can toggle random enemy encounters on or off at any time for a more streamlined play experience. On the other hand, you can spend as much time on character leveling as you want. Any of the dungeons can be replayed at any time, so feel free to go back and endlessly grind your way to more powerful weapons and spells. It's a smart, flexible system that allows you to choose how to tackle the different aspects of the game. It took about 8 hours to beat the game with my first team, and once finished you can start a new game using the same characters and retaining much of your equipment and experience from the previous playthrough. Coupled with three additional teams to play as, there is a mountain of content here that should last most players a long time.

Graphically Chaos Rings really impresses. Beautifully illustrated 2D backgrounds make up the environments, while characters and monsters consist of detailed 3D models. It has a look that's evocative of classic Playstation-era RPGs. The battle sequences are fully rendered in 3D and really showcase the gorgeous enemy designs and fluid animations. The huge bosses in particular are downright intimidating as they fill your touch screen with their presence. A dramatic soundtrack accompanies the action and provides a unique sound for each of the locations in the game.

In the end, it's not really about how Chaos Rings does anything especially new, but rather how it takes all the pieces of a traditional role-playing game and packages it together in a way that feels natural to the platform. The result is something more akin to an action-adventure game with heavy RPG elements. The turn-based fighting is gratifying and never got old, and the story and character development remains immersive even in short play sessions. The entire experience feels like a high quality console offering shrunk down to portable size. Chaos Rings is executed brilliantly on just about every level, and has all the makings of a true classic. The fact that it's exclusively available for the iPhone makes a huge statement for the legitimacy of gaming on Apple's device, and is hopefully a symbol of many great things to come in the future of App Store gaming.

App Store Link: Chaos Rings, $12.99

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  • LordNitsud

    Kingdom Hearts for iPhone/iPad?

    • Nephilim Apps

      No this is not Kingdom Hearts this is a Turn Based Game

      • Cookies

        Not even remotely like it.

    • Sander

      Well, I agree that the game is cool, think Hero of Sparta...but I am concerned about the price rise, because now every two-bit developer will be charging over 10 bucks for crap games. Granted they go down quickly, but once one breaks the psychological barrier, soon things will go to 14.99 and up, relying solely on brand name (Song Summoner, anyone?).
      That being said...the graphics are excellent but the game is pretty short and very light on story. The iPod has 8, 16, 32, and 64 GB of memory...and FFVII, etc, those games are measured in MB, and the technology is about 16 years old, so 12.99 is a bit much, because the iPod can hold a game deeper and better than this. It will push things to the next level, true, but that's because the capabilities are there, it's just that no one pushed them up until Hero of Sparta, and now this Final Fantasy.
      Compared to what's out there in the app store, though, this game is definitely a 5 star game. Definitely. Let's just hope that FFVII comes out next, I would pay $20 for that one in a heartbeat.

      • choice

        You don't have to buy what they are asking

      • Mike w

        Dude you're an idiot you have no idea what you're talking about. The fact that this game is measured in megabytes does not make the technology 16 years old, and it's not 16 years old. Also, it's not final fantasy it's just made by the same company. It's called chaos rings. And 12.99 is a bargain and way under priced if you compare it to any other games that are comparable on this or any platform.

    • http://radiantdreamer.wordpress.com radiant

      Actually, with the flexible difficulty vs loot, the pairings in a tournament with only one winning team - it sounds a lot more like The World Ends With You.

  • Tkun

    Holy crap that looks awesome.

  • LordNitsud

    Kingdom Hearts for iPhone/iPad?

    • Nephilim Apps

      No this is not Kingdom Hearts this is a Turn Based Game

      • Cookies

        Not even remotely like it.

    • Sander

      Well, I agree that the game is cool, think Hero of Sparta...but I am concerned about the price rise, because now every two-bit developer will be charging over 10 bucks for crap games. Granted they go down quickly, but once one breaks the psychological barrier, soon things will go to 14.99 and up, relying solely on brand name (Song Summoner, anyone?).
      That being said...the graphics are excellent but the game is pretty short and very light on story. The iPod has 8, 16, 32, and 64 GB of memory...and FFVII, etc, those games are measured in MB, and the technology is about 16 years old, so 12.99 is a bit much, because the iPod can hold a game deeper and better than this. It will push things to the next level, true, but that's because the capabilities are there, it's just that no one pushed them up until Hero of Sparta, and now this Final Fantasy.
      Compared to what's out there in the app store, though, this game is definitely a 5 star game. Definitely. Let's just hope that FFVII comes out next, I would pay $20 for that one in a heartbeat.

      • choice

        You don't have to buy what they are asking

      • Mike w

        Dude you're an idiot you have no idea what you're talking about. The fact that this game is measured in megabytes does not make the technology 16 years old, and it's not 16 years old. Also, it's not final fantasy it's just made by the same company. It's called chaos rings. And 12.99 is a bargain and way under priced if you compare it to any other games that are comparable on this or any platform.

    • http://radiantdreamer.wordpress.com radiant

      Actually, with the flexible difficulty vs loot, the pairings in a tournament with only one winning team - it sounds a lot more like The World Ends With You.

  • Tkun

    Holy crap that looks awesome.

  • SalsaMD

    Price in iTunes is listed as $12.99

  • SalsaMD

    Price in iTunes is listed as $12.99

  • thebleeptruth

    I'll be buying an iPad in a few weeks. Would the graphics of Chaos Rings hold up on that huge screen? Or would it suck if zoomed?

    • JCat

      Every iPhone/Touch RPG I've played so far on iPad in 2X mode looks great. If you didn't see the normal iPad res, you'd think that most of the older games were made for iPad. :)

      • thebleeptruth

        Sounds good. May I ask what RPG's specifically you've tried on the iPad on 2x? Cause Chaos Rings is very much 3D.

    • Anthony

      I think he means 2X as in the zoom setting being used in the IPAD to make the game bigger on the screen. He wasn't speaking of 2D or 3D.

      • thebleeptruth

        Ya i fully understood what I meant. But there are certain games IMO particularly 3D games that wouldn't look good on 2x zoom on the iPad. That's why I was simply curious as to which RPG's he's tried on 2x zoom. If these were 3D RPG's (although I can't think of any), then I'll be more confident.

        If there's a reader out there who has definitely tried Chaos Rings on the iPad, please give me feedback on the graphics. Thanks.

      • thebleeptruth

        correction: Ya i fully understood what HE meant.

  • thebleeptruth

    I'll be buying an iPad in a few weeks. Would the graphics of Chaos Rings hold up on that huge screen? Or would it suck if zoomed?

    • JCat

      Every iPhone/Touch RPG I've played so far on iPad in 2X mode looks great. If you didn't see the normal iPad res, you'd think that most of the older games were made for iPad. :)

      • thebleeptruth

        Sounds good. May I ask what RPG's specifically you've tried on the iPad on 2x? Cause Chaos Rings is very much 3D.

    • Anthony

      I think he means 2X as in the zoom setting being used in the IPAD to make the game bigger on the screen. He wasn't speaking of 2D or 3D.

      • thebleeptruth

        Ya i fully understood what I meant. But there are certain games IMO particularly 3D games that wouldn't look good on 2x zoom on the iPad. That's why I was simply curious as to which RPG's he's tried on 2x zoom. If these were 3D RPG's (although I can't think of any), then I'll be more confident.

        If there's a reader out there who has definitely tried Chaos Rings on the iPad, please give me feedback on the graphics. Thanks.

      • thebleeptruth

        correction: Ya i fully understood what HE meant.

  • broke

    Too pricy.

    • Whosatm

      That is being completely selfish... If this was on PSP, it would be $30+. This is an iPhone EXCLUSIVE. This was made specifically for the iDevices and sets a new standard for developers. You speak as if you don't want AAA games on the iDevices. Nothing against small devs, but the Appstore really needs more stuff like this.

      • tsharpfilm

        I completely agree. Hell, $12.99 is probably too little for a game of this caliber.

      • jc

        And that is why no one buys psp games anymore. Stop with the old same arguments every time.

      • Adam

        It has nothing to do with what is or is not available and at what price it is available on other platforms. All that matters is will enough people buy it at that price.

        I personally would not. Just like I really would like to play geometry wars on the iPad. I have a HUGE list of games that I am interested in that are from 99 cents to $3. Why buy a game for $13 when I could buy 4 or 5 also very good entertaining games to me. I don't plan to buy geometry wars until it gets down around $5. If they do a sale on it at some time or if a few years from now it gets reduced to that price I will buy it.... otherwise I will enjoy the other games I buy. There are plenty of indie games that are very high quality on iphone so saying this is a AAA game means nothing to me. There are already plenty of AAA games that are indie developed IMHO.

        None of our opinions really matter though. Their sale count will determine the price in the long run. If they don't sell enough they will reduce the price otherwise they will keep it where it is. I know I won't be getting it though if it does.

    • Lum-chan

      Too pricy? Stop being so ridiculous. A Square-Enix RPG on the DS or PSP costs $40+.

      • broke

        That's cause you can play it more than 2hrs at a time before having to recharge.

      • John

        I hate this argument. Yes but RPG's on the ds or psp last longer and have much more depth, not to mention they aren't digital downloads; and are quite frankly much better games. The distribution on those systems costs much more, and playing the games i am willing to bet the production and development does also.

      • Jabberwocker

        ive spent a bomb on my iphone and to spend anything more than 5 bucks on a phone game is just ridiculous. if i really wanted to play a final fantasy type game, id just play it on my playstation 3. 13 dollars is equivalent to almost 40 ringgit in my country and we produce the best pirated games ever so i could get a playstation 3 game for a tenner= 3 dollars?? definitely skipping this one.

      • Aurelius

        You moron, people like you are killing the gaming industry. When people just steal/pirate/download copies of good games, it becomes not worth it for developers to make good games. You are not entitled to help yourself to something that people worked hard on.

        Go out and buy legal copies you leech.

      • @ jabberwocker

        @ jabberwocker

        Where in Low Yat can you find a modified PS3 that can play pirated games? If you have any, I'm sure there'll be hundreds of people willing to buy them from you, and you can make your fortune.

        Dumbass.

    • MrSpud

      Too Pricy? Guess that's why your name is Broke...

      • mike

        Meh, I take issue w that.. most people on here have spent a bunch of money on the iPhone games, but Square just went and broke the 9.99 mark... remember not many people here have iPads yet....

        It's just a psychological barrier...

        Needless to say, if they release the first half hour in a free DL, there will only be like 20 million DL's... The interest level for this game is sky high.... regardless of the price

  • broke

    Too pricy.

    • Whosatm

      That is being completely selfish... If this was on PSP, it would be $30+. This is an iPhone EXCLUSIVE. This was made specifically for the iDevices and sets a new standard for developers. You speak as if you don't want AAA games on the iDevices. Nothing against small devs, but the Appstore really needs more stuff like this.

      • tsharpfilm

        I completely agree. Hell, $12.99 is probably too little for a game of this caliber.

      • jc

        And that is why no one buys psp games anymore. Stop with the old same arguments every time.

      • Adam

        It has nothing to do with what is or is not available and at what price it is available on other platforms. All that matters is will enough people buy it at that price.

        I personally would not. Just like I really would like to play geometry wars on the iPad. I have a HUGE list of games that I am interested in that are from 99 cents to $3. Why buy a game for $13 when I could buy 4 or 5 also very good entertaining games to me. I don't plan to buy geometry wars until it gets down around $5. If they do a sale on it at some time or if a few years from now it gets reduced to that price I will buy it.... otherwise I will enjoy the other games I buy. There are plenty of indie games that are very high quality on iphone so saying this is a AAA game means nothing to me. There are already plenty of AAA games that are indie developed IMHO.

        None of our opinions really matter though. Their sale count will determine the price in the long run. If they don't sell enough they will reduce the price otherwise they will keep it where it is. I know I won't be getting it though if it does.

    • Lum-chan

      Too pricy? Stop being so ridiculous. A Square-Enix RPG on the DS or PSP costs $40+.

      • broke

        That's cause you can play it more than 2hrs at a time before having to recharge.

      • John

        I hate this argument. Yes but RPG's on the ds or psp last longer and have much more depth, not to mention they aren't digital downloads; and are quite frankly much better games. The distribution on those systems costs much more, and playing the games i am willing to bet the production and development does also.

      • Jabberwocker

        ive spent a bomb on my iphone and to spend anything more than 5 bucks on a phone game is just ridiculous. if i really wanted to play a final fantasy type game, id just play it on my playstation 3. 13 dollars is equivalent to almost 40 ringgit in my country and we produce the best pirated games ever so i could get a playstation 3 game for a tenner= 3 dollars?? definitely skipping this one.

      • Aurelius

        You moron, people like you are killing the gaming industry. When people just steal/pirate/download copies of good games, it becomes not worth it for developers to make good games. You are not entitled to help yourself to something that people worked hard on.

        Go out and buy legal copies you leech.

      • @ jabberwocker

        @ jabberwocker

        Where in Low Yat can you find a modified PS3 that can play pirated games? If you have any, I'm sure there'll be hundreds of people willing to buy them from you, and you can make your fortune.

        Dumbass.

    • MrSpud

      Too Pricy? Guess that's why your name is Broke...

      • mike

        Meh, I take issue w that.. most people on here have spent a bunch of money on the iPhone games, but Square just went and broke the 9.99 mark... remember not many people here have iPads yet....

        It's just a psychological barrier...

        Needless to say, if they release the first half hour in a free DL, there will only be like 20 million DL's... The interest level for this game is sky high.... regardless of the price

  • araczynski

    concept sounds dumb, to me.

    price is beyond stupid, to me.

    • :o

      Good thing we're all not like you, eh?

      • Dakota Trotter

        I'm just afraid that he might be the majority when it comes to the (psychological) issue with price :(

      • araczynski

        most definitely a good thing :) i get to reap the benefits of all the early adopters overpaying :)

    • Mike w

      Actually you get to reap the benefits of lame waste of a dollar apps while the rest of us enjoys something of quality and value for the price

  • araczynski

    concept sounds dumb, to me.

    price is beyond stupid, to me.

    • :o

      Good thing we're all not like you, eh?

      • Dakota Trotter

        I'm just afraid that he might be the majority when it comes to the (psychological) issue with price :(

      • araczynski

        most definitely a good thing :) i get to reap the benefits of all the early adopters overpaying :)

    • Mike w

      Actually you get to reap the benefits of lame waste of a dollar apps while the rest of us enjoys something of quality and value for the price

  • tsharpfilm

    Wow... Cool timing... For the last 15 minutes, I've been searching the net for a good iPhone rpg with sharp graphics. I know everyone loves Zenonia, but I just can't get used to the "retro" SNES graphics. This game looks amazing! If the story is as good as the graphics, I'll buy it.

  • tsharpfilm

    Wow... Cool timing... For the last 15 minutes, I've been searching the net for a good iPhone rpg with sharp graphics. I know everyone loves Zenonia, but I just can't get used to the "retro" SNES graphics. This game looks amazing! If the story is as good as the graphics, I'll buy it.

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  • Rylin

    If you want to see more AAA titles developed from the ground up for the iDevices, then buy this. I want to see more games of this caliber on my iPhone and I don't want to see developers turn away with everyone only wanting games under 5 bucks. It's time to start rethinking our current fixation with saying how expensive a 6 dollar app is.

    • lazypeon

      I agree. If this was on Nintendo DS, we'd be paying $35-40. I'm not a HUGE JRPG fan, but I really want to support developers who bring this caliber of game to the app store.

  • Rylin

    If you want to see more AAA titles developed from the ground up for the iDevices, then buy this. I want to see more games of this caliber on my iPhone and I don't want to see developers turn away with everyone only wanting games under 5 bucks. It's time to start rethinking our current fixation with saying how expensive a 6 dollar app is.

    • lazypeon

      I agree. If this was on Nintendo DS, we'd be paying $35-40. I'm not a HUGE JRPG fan, but I really want to support developers who bring this caliber of game to the app store.

  • http://lonegamer.wordpress.com Madman73

    Holy crap, it's out???! Darn it, expensive but it looks like it's worth it.

    • Aurelius

      Sooo worth it. :)

  • http://lonegamer.wordpress.com Madman73

    Holy crap, it's out???! Darn it, expensive but it looks like it's worth it.

    • Aurelius

      Sooo worth it. :)

  • Muffin Headicus

    I agree with this review completely.
    I have been playing this game now for about 3 hours, and it is AMAZING.
    The music is slick and epic at the same time. The graphics set a new standard and have me staring at my Ipod in a totally different light. The DS could NEVER do a game like this. The PSP could definitely do it from a technical perspective. But, then there is that carrying the big ass machine around thing to just play one game. Whereas, my pod does everything AND this game! Best $13 spent ever on a game. Thank You Square!

  • Muffin Headicus

    I agree with this review completely.
    I have been playing this game now for about 3 hours, and it is AMAZING.
    The music is slick and epic at the same time. The graphics set a new standard and have me staring at my Ipod in a totally different light. The DS could NEVER do a game like this. The PSP could definitely do it from a technical perspective. But, then there is that carrying the big ass machine around thing to just play one game. Whereas, my pod does everything AND this game! Best $13 spent ever on a game. Thank You Square!

  • Dakota Trotter

    Due to the unfortunate reality of studying for finals, I won't be able to play this beautiful game for about 4 weeks :( But you can be damn certain that as soon as this article came up stating that the game was released I purchased it without a second thought. The simple fact of the matter is folks that if you want the iPhone/iTouch to be taken seriously as a gaming platform, you need to support games of this caliber. Now if you don't enjoy JRPG's, well then it's fair if you avoid it. But please, I beg of you all, if there is ever a genre that tickles your fancy and has a release this monumental in quality-and yes even price-please for the love of God pick it up.

    These developers simply deserve the money for the amount of work they put into their games.

  • Dakota Trotter

    Due to the unfortunate reality of studying for finals, I won't be able to play this beautiful game for about 4 weeks :( But you can be damn certain that as soon as this article came up stating that the game was released I purchased it without a second thought. The simple fact of the matter is folks that if you want the iPhone/iTouch to be taken seriously as a gaming platform, you need to support games of this caliber. Now if you don't enjoy JRPG's, well then it's fair if you avoid it. But please, I beg of you all, if there is ever a genre that tickles your fancy and has a release this monumental in quality-and yes even price-please for the love of God pick it up.

    These developers simply deserve the money for the amount of work they put into their games.

  • Noman

    Instant buy as soon as I got home tonight. Downloading now.........Can't wait.

  • Noman

    Instant buy as soon as I got home tonight. Downloading now.........Can't wait.

  • Jerry

    I'm tiered of these types of games I've played final fantasy iv it was addicting I have to admit but after you beat the game the point of playing gone and I really hate the turn base stuff I like RPGs and puzzles. I v played quite a few Zelda titles the final fantasy iv and other games they were awesome because you weren't limited to the turn based system, if you were relly battling do you think a behemoth is going to say"is it your turn or mine?" and for somereason I don't like 2d RPGs like zeonia ect.......

    What I really think is every thing is totally awesome the graphics are really cool but just because it is turn based I m not getting it,,if it was free style battling I would or it with out regret.

  • Jerry

    I'm tiered of these types of games I've played final fantasy iv it was addicting I have to admit but after you beat the game the point of playing gone and I really hate the turn base stuff I like RPGs and puzzles. I v played quite a few Zelda titles the final fantasy iv and other games they were awesome because you weren't limited to the turn based system, if you were relly battling do you think a behemoth is going to say"is it your turn or mine?" and for somereason I don't like 2d RPGs like zeonia ect.......

    What I really think is every thing is totally awesome the graphics are really cool but just because it is turn based I m not getting it,,if it was free style battling I would or it with out regret.

  • http://www.betomachado.com Beto

    This isn't 3G or 3GS-only, is it? I hate how it seems every week there's one of those, now...

  • http://www.betomachado.com Beto

    This isn't 3G or 3GS-only, is it? I hate how it seems every week there's one of those, now...

  • cesca

    How does it perform on 3G?

    • snow_mani

      Yes, I'd also like to know how it performs on a 3G. Anyone played it on that model yet? Thanks!

      • Anonymous

        Runs real smooth on 3G. The only minor slowdown I've experienced was during boss battles where the menus were a bit slower to respond than usual, but that's it, no comparison to the jerkiness of some 3D games on the 3G.

      • lazypeon

        Not sure how it compares, but I'm running on a 2G Touch. Perfectly smooth.

  • cesca

    How does it perform on 3G?

    • snow_mani

      Yes, I'd also like to know how it performs on a 3G. Anyone played it on that model yet? Thanks!

      • Anonymous

        Runs real smooth on 3G. The only minor slowdown I've experienced was during boss battles where the menus were a bit slower to respond than usual, but that's it, no comparison to the jerkiness of some 3D games on the 3G.

      • lazypeon

        Not sure how it compares, but I'm running on a 2G Touch. Perfectly smooth.

  • Deewin

    Square has come a long way since their half-hearted port of Crystal Defenders :-) It's nice seeing big name publishers/developers taking the iphone platform seriously :-D

  • Deewin

    Square has come a long way since their half-hearted port of Crystal Defenders :-) It's nice seeing big name publishers/developers taking the iphone platform seriously :-D

  • http://www.twitter.com/elimcfly88 Eli Mcfly

    Hey Guys, I can happily report this works SUPRISINGLY Great on an 1st Generation Ipod Touch. Obviously it works better on the 2nd Gen, but its really GREAT on the the first gen. I'm shocked to be honest.

    • Yvan256

      Thank you for the info, not a lot of games run smoothly on the first generation iPod touch (weakest of all the "iPhone-type" devices).

  • http://www.twitter.com/elimcfly88 Eli Mcfly

    Hey Guys, I can happily report this works SUPRISINGLY Great on an 1st Generation Ipod Touch. Obviously it works better on the 2nd Gen, but its really GREAT on the the first gen. I'm shocked to be honest.

    • Yvan256

      Thank you for the info, not a lot of games run smoothly on the first generation iPod touch (weakest of all the "iPhone-type" devices).

  • Patrick

    Holy crap.... this game is awesome. Very well done was worth every penny also it works great on the 3g :}

    • Tree-John

      Hahaha you work for Square-Enix man?

      • mike

        What, you've... never come across a rabid SE RPG fan?

        You must be new...

  • Patrick

    Holy crap.... this game is awesome. Very well done was worth every penny also it works great on the 3g :}

    • Tree-John

      Hahaha you work for Square-Enix man?

      • mike

        What, you've... never come across a rabid SE RPG fan?

        You must be new...

  • efirmage

    That preview does not want make me want to get this. And I wanted to before I saw that.

  • efirmage

    That preview does not want make me want to get this. And I wanted to before I saw that.

  • Caleb

    I guess the question I'm left to ask when I see this game is, "Can it really be three times as good as Across Age?" I agree that a game could well be worth this price - heck, Space Miner probably is - but keep in mind that the competition is there. Perhaps if they released a lite version I might see enough of the game to decide it was worth getting at that price?

    • Hols

      Really now. Across Age's quality aside, I see how you're trying to evaluate price vs worth, in a manner most typical of iDevice gamers, by which I mean to say that iDevice games are a lot which complains incessantly about the cost of games. This strikes me as amusing when compared to the price of the iDevices themselves.

      On one hand I'm happy that iDevice games have been competitively run into the ground price-wise, but considering that this is a fully 3D title made by an industry giant, I'd go so far as to say the following:

      If you balk at the 13 dollars asked of this game, which is the result of a team of highly skilled and trained people behind it, yet see fit to pay 3 dollars for a glorified flash port (ie. Canabalt), you might need to review your standards.

      • Caleb

        Er - I'm generally unwilling to pour money into rubbish flash conversions; in fact, I've paid very little for games since buying my iPod touch. I've spent most of my time playing Eliminate and Space Miner, but I'd really like to play a decent RPG. I don't think I want to buy every one that might be good, so I'm likely to just pick one that I like. If you were in my situation, do you honestly think that you wouldn't be concerned with the fact that one of them costs 2.5x as much as the other? And that one lets you try it beforehand and the other doesn't?

        I'm not saying this isn't a great game or that it isn't well worth the money, I just think that with the competition I might be unlikely to buy it for now, especially with no lite version.

  • Caleb

    I guess the question I'm left to ask when I see this game is, "Can it really be three times as good as Across Age?" I agree that a game could well be worth this price - heck, Space Miner probably is - but keep in mind that the competition is there. Perhaps if they released a lite version I might see enough of the game to decide it was worth getting at that price?

    • Hols

      Really now. Across Age's quality aside, I see how you're trying to evaluate price vs worth, in a manner most typical of iDevice gamers, by which I mean to say that iDevice games are a lot which complains incessantly about the cost of games. This strikes me as amusing when compared to the price of the iDevices themselves.

      On one hand I'm happy that iDevice games have been competitively run into the ground price-wise, but considering that this is a fully 3D title made by an industry giant, I'd go so far as to say the following:

      If you balk at the 13 dollars asked of this game, which is the result of a team of highly skilled and trained people behind it, yet see fit to pay 3 dollars for a glorified flash port (ie. Canabalt), you might need to review your standards.

      • Caleb

        Er - I'm generally unwilling to pour money into rubbish flash conversions; in fact, I've paid very little for games since buying my iPod touch. I've spent most of my time playing Eliminate and Space Miner, but I'd really like to play a decent RPG. I don't think I want to buy every one that might be good, so I'm likely to just pick one that I like. If you were in my situation, do you honestly think that you wouldn't be concerned with the fact that one of them costs 2.5x as much as the other? And that one lets you try it beforehand and the other doesn't?

        I'm not saying this isn't a great game or that it isn't well worth the money, I just think that with the competition I might be unlikely to buy it for now, especially with no lite version.

  • Tree-John

    Oh looks like the JRPGs I played on Playstation 1 in the early 90's. Kinda got bored back then.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      Considering that the Playstation came out in 1994 and visually the game Chaos RIngs most resembles is FF VIII (which came out in 1999), my guess is, no, this is nothing like the games you were playing on your non-existent PS1 of the early 90's.

      • Postalp

        LoL, PWN't

      • Howard

        necessary?

    • Skavinger

      PWN't!

  • Tree-John

    Oh looks like the JRPGs I played on Playstation 1 in the early 90's. Kinda got bored back then.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      Considering that the Playstation came out in 1994 and visually the game Chaos RIngs most resembles is FF VIII (which came out in 1999), my guess is, no, this is nothing like the games you were playing on your non-existent PS1 of the early 90's.

      • Postalp

        LoL, PWN't

      • Howard

        necessary?

    • Skavinger

      PWN't!

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

    Just the icon is TOTALLY random,
    which is pity, since this game is having an awesome logo.

    • mintey

      agreed.

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

    Just the icon is TOTALLY random,
    which is pity, since this game is having an awesome logo.

    • mintey

      agreed.

  • Cookies

    Looks freakin' awesome.

  • Cookies

    Looks freakin' awesome.

  • Anonymous

    Well why am I not surprised that the best that Square can muster up on the iPhone is 15 year old technology. Still the best game right now looks like it could be played on the PS1, Pocket Legends.

    • Cookies

      Nah, it's too simple and needs soooo many things changed, added or fixed. This game is pretty, fun and by square enix, so it has roughly an 80% chance of not having a crap story.

  • Anonymous

    Well why am I not surprised that the best that Square can muster up on the iPhone is 15 year old technology. Still the best game right now looks like it could be played on the PS1, Pocket Legends.

    • Cookies

      Nah, it's too simple and needs soooo many things changed, added or fixed. This game is pretty, fun and by square enix, so it has roughly an 80% chance of not having a crap story.

  • Ragashingo

    This is the RPG I've been waiting for. No, not this specific title, but a really good really high quality turn based RPG. I've been playing it for hours now and its been great.

  • Fokion

    I'd get it, if I used my iPhone as a games machine. Already own a slew of consoles, handhelds or not, so the iPhone gets some play only during long queues or delays in commuting. The portable scene is not short on games like this in general, but as many others have pointed out, this is one of the first (if not the first) decently-budgeted exclusive game on the iDevices.

    Games like this need to find an audience, otherwise it's back to quick flash ports, experimental cheapies (which I love, don't get me wrong), and hamstrung conversions like Puzzle Quest and Street Fighter, which are still two of the best games available on the App Store, despite their shortcomings. I find that rather telling.

  • Ragashingo

    This is the RPG I've been waiting for. No, not this specific title, but a really good really high quality turn based RPG. I've been playing it for hours now and its been great.

  • Fokion

    I'd get it, if I used my iPhone as a games machine. Already own a slew of consoles, handhelds or not, so the iPhone gets some play only during long queues or delays in commuting. The portable scene is not short on games like this in general, but as many others have pointed out, this is one of the first (if not the first) decently-budgeted exclusive game on the iDevices.

    Games like this need to find an audience, otherwise it's back to quick flash ports, experimental cheapies (which I love, don't get me wrong), and hamstrung conversions like Puzzle Quest and Street Fighter, which are still two of the best games available on the App Store, despite their shortcomings. I find that rather telling.

  • Fredriksen

    Could have been a great game, but then they decided to throw in puzzles. I HATE puzzles. Just closed the game when the first showed up and uninstalled it. Too bad.

    • thebleeptruth

      Seriously?? That's too bad. Almost all RPG's intergrate puzzles in the game. You're probably not an RPG fan, and shouldn't have bought it in the first place.

    • K

      Hahah @ puzzles.....you must be young.

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

        Yeah, right? You have to think, how awful ;)

    • Wulfette

      But the puzzles are soooo easy and is just there to provide a little bit of variety. Seriously?? To uninstall a game because of that? I have finished playing with Escher and Eluca, and now half way on both Ayuta and Olgar. None of the puzzles stops me more that 2 minutes!! The game is really worth the price for me. And you can even play your own music while playing.

    • Kitsune

      You should see the puzzles in PS3 games like Assassins Creed and Resident Evil 5. They are way nastier.

    • Boss

      Must be pirated game. Thats how you are very quick uninstalling it...

  • Fredriksen

    Could have been a great game, but then they decided to throw in puzzles. I HATE puzzles. Just closed the game when the first showed up and uninstalled it. Too bad.

    • thebleeptruth

      Seriously?? That's too bad. Almost all RPG's intergrate puzzles in the game. You're probably not an RPG fan, and shouldn't have bought it in the first place.

    • K

      Hahah @ puzzles.....you must be young.

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

        Yeah, right? You have to think, how awful ;)

    • Wulfette

      But the puzzles are soooo easy and is just there to provide a little bit of variety. Seriously?? To uninstall a game because of that? I have finished playing with Escher and Eluca, and now half way on both Ayuta and Olgar. None of the puzzles stops me more that 2 minutes!! The game is really worth the price for me. And you can even play your own music while playing.

    • Kitsune

      You should see the puzzles in PS3 games like Assassins Creed and Resident Evil 5. They are way nastier.

    • Boss

      Must be pirated game. Thats how you are very quick uninstalling it...

  • dumas1000

    Puzzles? These things they include in the game are not puzzles. They are jokes. Seriously.

    This game is suprisingly kind to your battery. Chaos Rings and GTA:CTW are both very efficient in not draining your battery. Warp Gate, on the other hand, will chew the living hell out of your battery and in a hurry.

    As far as the price goes, a lot of iPod touch owners are kids and cannot afford it. A lot of iPhone owners are casual gamers at best, many of whi v treat their iPhone like a phone, not a gaming device. And a decent percentage of adult idevice owners are cheap/stubborn/entitled. In other words, good luck to SE if they believe they can actually get away with selling this game at this price, because they're gonna need.

    I've put my money where my mouth is though. I purchases this game full price, even though I'm a casual idevice gamer with hundreds of games and probably won't play Chaos Rings for more than a few hours before moving on to something else. I don't think too many people will be following my lead on this one though

    • Jindo Fox

      Heh "following your lead." sorry to break it to you but you didn't invent the more-money-than-time-let-alone-attention syndrome.

      $13 only seems high because we've been spoiled by cheap games. I agree with others saying this would be $40 on DS or PSP and a price drop won't come for a long time.

    • Anonymous

      the "kids" argument: if your parents can afford to buy you an iphone and pay the monthly contract fees i'm pretty sure you're getting enough pocket money or whatever your source of "income" is to spend $13 on a game.

      the "casual gamer" argument: i thought it was pretty clear from the start that this is geared towards the hardcore crowd. the kind of people whose iphone gaming consists of a session of doodlejump on the bus once in a while probably wouldn't care for chaos rings no matter the price. this game isn't "competing" with every lame flash port on the appstore.

      • Wulfette

        Btw, I was wondering if I would be able to play this game in buses etc, and yesterday while waiting for my friend at the bus stop I started playing and it surprisingly easy to play while on the move as well, that is why I really like it.

  • http://dumas1000 dumas1000

    Puzzles? These things they include in the game are not puzzles. They are jokes. Seriously.

    This game is suprisingly kind to your battery. Chaos Rings and GTA:CTW are both very efficient in not draining your battery. Warp Gate, on the other hand, will chew the living hell out of your battery and in a hurry.

    As far as the price goes, a lot of iPod touch owners are kids and cannot afford it. A lot of iPhone owners are casual gamers at best, many of whi v treat their iPhone like a phone, not a gaming device. And a decent percentage of adult idevice owners are cheap/stubborn/entitled. In other words, good luck to SE if they believe they can actually get away with selling this game at this price, because they're gonna need.

    I've put my money where my mouth is though. I purchases this game full price, even though I'm a casual idevice gamer with hundreds of games and probably won't play Chaos Rings for more than a few hours before moving on to something else. I don't think too many people will be following my lead on this one though

    • Jindo Fox

      Heh "following your lead." sorry to break it to you but you didn't invent the more-money-than-time-let-alone-attention syndrome.

      $13 only seems high because we've been spoiled by cheap games. I agree with others saying this would be $40 on DS or PSP and a price drop won't come for a long time.

    • Anonymous

      the "kids" argument: if your parents can afford to buy you an iphone and pay the monthly contract fees i'm pretty sure you're getting enough pocket money or whatever your source of "income" is to spend $13 on a game.

      the "casual gamer" argument: i thought it was pretty clear from the start that this is geared towards the hardcore crowd. the kind of people whose iphone gaming consists of a session of doodlejump on the bus once in a while probably wouldn't care for chaos rings no matter the price. this game isn't "competing" with every lame flash port on the appstore.

      • Wulfette

        Btw, I was wondering if I would be able to play this game in buses etc, and yesterday while waiting for my friend at the bus stop I started playing and it surprisingly easy to play while on the move as well, that is why I really like it.

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

    Awesome!! This is a must buy!!! Forget the price, this is the real deal!

    • noah

      I'll wait for the price drop. :)

      • Vovin

        Oh yeah... have fun waiting for 6 month and getting a price drop of 3 bucks...

        And then... there will be the exclusive Final Fantasy title out and you want to have that, instead. :p

      • Aurelius

        No kidding. If making games that have actual value sells on the iPhone, then we might start to see some good games come out for it in the $10-$15 dollar range. Don't get me wrong, I do actually like the $.99 distractions, but this game is actually fun for more than 15 minutes while I'm on the bus etc.

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

    Awesome!! This is a must buy!!! Forget the price, this is the real deal!

    • noah

      I'll wait for the price drop. :)

      • Vovin

        Oh yeah... have fun waiting for 6 month and getting a price drop of 3 bucks...

        And then... there will be the exclusive Final Fantasy title out and you want to have that, instead. :p

      • Aurelius

        No kidding. If making games that have actual value sells on the iPhone, then we might start to see some good games come out for it in the $10-$15 dollar range. Don't get me wrong, I do actually like the $.99 distractions, but this game is actually fun for more than 15 minutes while I'm on the bus etc.

  • juno

    i played it for half an hour. I really like the story,lol.

  • juno

    i played it for half an hour. I really like the story,lol.

  • Justin

    This does look pretty wicked, but the price is too much for me...but ONLY because we (as some of you have said) have been spoiled by iTunes pricing. We are used to paying more for DS/PSP games, but I can still not wrap my head around spending this much for an iPhone game. That said, I would pay AT LEAST that much for the LucasArts classic adventures and some other of my favorite games of yore.

    • Aurelius

      I hear you. It actually hurt a little bit to buy this game, because I couldn't get past the price tag on an iPod game. But it was very worth it! A lot better than some of the $10 games you find in the bargain bins for console games!

  • Justin

    This does look pretty wicked, but the price is too much for me...but ONLY because we (as some of you have said) have been spoiled by iTunes pricing. We are used to paying more for DS/PSP games, but I can still not wrap my head around spending this much for an iPhone game. That said, I would pay AT LEAST that much for the LucasArts classic adventures and some other of my favorite games of yore.

    • Aurelius

      I hear you. It actually hurt a little bit to buy this game, because I couldn't get past the price tag on an iPod game. But it was very worth it! A lot better than some of the $10 games you find in the bargain bins for console games!

  • http://zimoi.com Wasabi

    Bought it and played it for an hour so far. Easily the best RPG on the iphone and well worth the money, forget Zenonia and Inonia, whatever those shitty sprite games are called.

    • mike

      Damn.. those are some strong words ;)

      • Anonymous

        in all seriousness though, shove your cheap korean grindfests where the sun don't shine. chaos rings has completely destroyed these games with a single well-aimed blow.

    • tsharpfilm

      LOL! :D

  • http://zimoi.com Wasabi

    Bought it and played it for an hour so far. Easily the best RPG on the iphone and well worth the money, forget Zenonia and Inonia, whatever those shitty sprite games are called.

    • mike

      Damn.. those are some strong words ;)

      • Anonymous

        in all seriousness though, shove your cheap korean grindfests where the sun don't shine. chaos rings has completely destroyed these games with a single well-aimed blow.

    • tsharpfilm

      LOL! :D

  • Cause007

    Wow, I can't believe a company finally released a game that might actually be worth $13 on the App store. Looks awesome. Buying.

  • Cause007

    Wow, I can't believe a company finally released a game that might actually be worth $13 on the App store. Looks awesome. Buying.

  • broke

    $12.99 raises the price barriers, idiots! Leaves a precedent for all developers to follow and raise their games prices. Who cares if it is worth it or not since you all are already paying $70+ for your data plans. Fools.

    • Mark

      Not everyone has an iPhone here... think before you type.

      • broke

        Ah.... you're the idiots who have itouchs and are subsidized by folks paying $70+ a month.

      • Noman

        Wait, you're calling us idiots for not paying $70 a month ???

      • Aurelius

        No kidding! I feel smarter for not spending $70 a month. :)

        That said, Raise the price barrier! If developers can sell games for more than $10 they might start making games worth more than $10!

    • Vovin

      Same to you with bells on... :D

  • broke

    $12.99 raises the price barriers, idiots! Leaves a precedent for all developers to follow and raise their games prices. Who cares if it is worth it or not since you all are already paying $70+ for your data plans. Fools.

    • Mark

      Not everyone has an iPhone here... think before you type.

      • broke

        Ah.... you're the idiots who have itouchs and are subsidized by folks paying $70+ a month.

      • Noman

        Wait, you're calling us idiots for not paying $70 a month ???

      • Aurelius

        No kidding! I feel smarter for not spending $70 a month. :)

        That said, Raise the price barrier! If developers can sell games for more than $10 they might start making games worth more than $10!

    • Vovin

      Same to you with bells on... :D

  • broke

    Mark - since you're so cheap already, why aren't you complaining about the price tag?

    • ImRich

      This guy is the real pillock..a low IQ creature should i say.

  • broke

    Mark - since you're so cheap already, why aren't you complaining about the price tag?

    • ImRich

      This guy is the real pillock..a low IQ creature should i say.

  • DaverJ

    Anyone playing this on an iPad? Thoughts?

  • DaverJ

    Anyone playing this on an iPad? Thoughts?

  • jon

    I love this sentiment, "Twelve dollar!!! They should pays me to play teh gamez!!"

    Video games are a luxury. Pay up or get the hell out. We don't care if you leave angry, just leave quietly.

    • Aurelius

      Right on man!

  • jon

    I love this sentiment, "Twelve dollar!!! They should pays me to play teh gamez!!"

    Video games are a luxury. Pay up or get the hell out. We don't care if you leave angry, just leave quietly.

    • Aurelius

      Right on man!

  • Palm Pre Plus

    Is this one the Palm Pre Plus? I rather it be on that so I don't have to carry both my phone and Itouch. Palm Pre Plus multitasking > Iphone multitasking.

    • noah

      True.

    • ImNoSuperMan

      Agreed. Palm Pre definitely is superior compared to iPhone.

      As far as the game is concerned, its not available on palm pre yet, but will be ported over really soon. Read the link below to for latest details on when it'll launch for pre :)

      http://bit.ly/aDtPfQ

      • Noman

        PWN't

  • Palm Pre Plus

    Is this one the Palm Pre Plus? I rather it be on that so I don't have to carry both my phone and Itouch. Palm Pre Plus multitasking > Iphone multitasking.

    • noah

      True.

    • ImNoSuperMan

      Agreed. Palm Pre definitely is superior compared to iPhone.

      As far as the game is concerned, its not available on palm pre yet, but will be ported over really soon. Read the link below to for latest details on when it'll launch for pre :)

      http://bit.ly/aDtPfQ

      • Noman

        PWN't

  • Chad

    Is anyone else here tired of the same old price arguments? How about posting on the quality of the game and leave the decision to purchase up to the individual. I could care less if you are "Broke" and don't want to buy this game because it costs $xx.xx

    God the Internets are filled with annoying whiners.

    • Baldy

      ......and grammatical errors it seems;

      *I couldn't care less*

      • Chad

        ammendment: the Internets are also filled with really annoying wankers that feel the need to point out grammatical and spelling errors.

      • Aurelius

        ^ Hahaha. Above is funnies. :D

    • DOOM

      I agree with Chad, many people who frequent this site have a lot of double standards - they don't want to pay for a AAA title but at the same time when a great game by a not so famous developer offers the fruit of their labor for next to nothing (Free for a day or limited Sales) its, "Oh I'd pay for that!"/ "I was JUST going to purchase this!" Why don't you all put your money where your mouth is, if you want more titles of this caliber...PAY FOR IT, show some support for crying out loud!

      Maybe you'd see more titles like this for less than the asking price because developers would know that people are going to purchase it instead of wading through bloatware until something great comes along.

    • you're stating the obvious

      Dude... you're stating the obvious. The price is correlated to the quality, fun factor, -- all that ties into whether a game is worth buying or not. Furthermore, hollistically speaking you're talking about a shift in paradigm. The reason why the games are low"er" priced than the ds and psp, is because of the pricy data plan. I know cats who have expensive Iphones who have 0 apps cause they can't afford to buy games. If software houses keep on raising the prices, everyone here is impacted, not just the "broke" ones.

      • Chad

        "Dude" you are conveniently forgetting the fact that there are millions of Touch owners out there that don't pay data plans.

        Again, I don't want to hear about your purchase decision. Vote with your wallet, not your mouth.

      • lol..0 app?

        how come you're friends have no apps? there's thousands of free apps in the store

      • Skavingere

        They probably don't know they have an App Store app on the homescreen of their iphone. ;p

  • Chad

    Is anyone else here tired of the same old price arguments? How about posting on the quality of the game and leave the decision to purchase up to the individual. I could care less if you are "Broke" and don't want to buy this game because it costs $xx.xx

    God the Internets are filled with annoying whiners.

    • Baldy

      ......and grammatical errors it seems;

      *I couldn't care less*

      • Chad

        ammendment: the Internets are also filled with really annoying wankers that feel the need to point out grammatical and spelling errors.

      • Aurelius

        ^ Hahaha. Above is funnies. :D

    • DOOM

      I agree with Chad, many people who frequent this site have a lot of double standards - they don't want to pay for a AAA title but at the same time when a great game by a not so famous developer offers the fruit of their labor for next to nothing (Free for a day or limited Sales) its, "Oh I'd pay for that!"/ "I was JUST going to purchase this!" Why don't you all put your money where your mouth is, if you want more titles of this caliber...PAY FOR IT, show some support for crying out loud!

      Maybe you'd see more titles like this for less than the asking price because developers would know that people are going to purchase it instead of wading through bloatware until something great comes along.

    • you're stating the obvious

      Dude... you're stating the obvious. The price is correlated to the quality, fun factor, -- all that ties into whether a game is worth buying or not. Furthermore, hollistically speaking you're talking about a shift in paradigm. The reason why the games are low"er" priced than the ds and psp, is because of the pricy data plan. I know cats who have expensive Iphones who have 0 apps cause they can't afford to buy games. If software houses keep on raising the prices, everyone here is impacted, not just the "broke" ones.

      • Chad

        "Dude" you are conveniently forgetting the fact that there are millions of Touch owners out there that don't pay data plans.

        Again, I don't want to hear about your purchase decision. Vote with your wallet, not your mouth.

      • lol..0 app?

        how come you're friends have no apps? there's thousands of free apps in the store

  • cimon

    ..its BIG'n'FAT must have ..downloading now

    cheers

    • Aurelius

      Cheers! Happy playing!

  • cimon

    ..its BIG'n'FAT must have ..downloading now

    cheers

    • Aurelius

      Cheers! Happy playing!

  • http://djmoya.com DJMoya

    Any word if there will be an HD iPad version coming.

  • http://djmoya.com DJMoya

    Any word if there will be an HD iPad version coming.

  • Belth

    Man, and I just purchased Zenonia 2 and so far, im 40 hours in the game...

    Why did this appeared soo soon? It leaves me no time to finish things...
    well played, Square Enix, well played.

    btw... price isnt high when it comes to game industry, but its high when it comes to istore market. It is psychological fact. My first thought was "Damn, 13 dollars?" since I never payed so much for single app. But it is worth it.
    But someone mentioned here that it can affect market in 2 ways:
    a) big game industries start to produce iphone only games with high quality.
    b) prices will rise and youll be paying more and more for farting boobs-like apps. For example, I can imagine paying 30+ for new game from EA next year, but with content equals to 5 dollar game.

    Since Iphone is very young platform, game developers are still just trying how high they are allowed to go. Well, we will see.

  • Belth

    Man, and I just purchased Zenonia 2 and so far, im 40 hours in the game...

    Why did this appeared soo soon? It leaves me no time to finish things...
    well played, Square Enix, well played.

    btw... price isnt high when it comes to game industry, but its high when it comes to istore market. It is psychological fact. My first thought was "Damn, 13 dollars?" since I never payed so much for single app. But it is worth it.
    But someone mentioned here that it can affect market in 2 ways:
    a) big game industries start to produce iphone only games with high quality.
    b) prices will rise and youll be paying more and more for farting boobs-like apps. For example, I can imagine paying 30+ for new game from EA next year, but with content equals to 5 dollar game.

    Since Iphone is very young platform, game developers are still just trying how high they are allowed to go. Well, we will see.

  • http://swiftfoxsoftware.com/apps/ Jason C.

    @jc Really? I figured people who have a PSP still buy PSP games. They seem to be still making them and selling them for $30-$40 and people still buy them.

    Yes there are no disks and no physical media, but you get the advantage of putting this game on to as many devices that you want that are tied to your account. This was obviously not put together by a 1-2 man shop like many iPhone games, and those people have to get paid in some way.

    If people want higher quality games on their iPhone the development teams will have to be larger, thus increasing prices because you have to pay more people to create more content.

  • http://swiftfoxsoftware.com/apps/ Jason C.

    @jc Really? I figured people who have a PSP still buy PSP games. They seem to be still making them and selling them for $30-$40 and people still buy them.

    Yes there are no disks and no physical media, but you get the advantage of putting this game on to as many devices that you want that are tied to your account. This was obviously not put together by a 1-2 man shop like many iPhone games, and those people have to get paid in some way.

    If people want higher quality games on their iPhone the development teams will have to be larger, thus increasing prices because you have to pay more people to create more content.

  • araczynski

    8 hours of gameplay?? bad enough i have to deal with an initial 30+ hours of excruciatingly linear ff13. i think i'm done with square.

    • HawkEye

      You ...don't... want a lot of game play for your money? Eight hours seems to be a pretty nice middle ground between absurdly long and feeling too short for the price paid. You could stretch that out nicely over a couple sessions playing, or a little bit at a time over the course of a few weeks.

      As for the price issue, I bought it right away. Square-Enix rarely ever permanently drop the prices on their titles, and this game looks to be worth it. I was pretty blown away at how amazing the backdrops in the game look. The characters are a little on the jagged side running around on the world map, but I suspect that may be to keep the frame rate up on the older devices. Anti-aliasing isn't cheap on the CPU/GPU. All in all, very impressed on first couple minutes playing, and looking forward to working my way through it.

      • daviddd

        Don't you want to reward Square for developing an "iPhone-only" game? I mean COME ON, they hired the team from Final Fantasy and Wild Arms for crying out loud. $12.99 is reasonable I'm just saying..

      • Pressure

        He is simply implying that it takes 30 hours to get past the bloody tutorial in Final Fantasy XIII.

  • araczynski

    8 hours of gameplay?? bad enough i have to deal with an initial 30+ hours of excruciatingly linear ff13. i think i'm done with square.

    • HawkEye

      You ...don't... want a lot of game play for your money? Eight hours seems to be a pretty nice middle ground between absurdly long and feeling too short for the price paid. You could stretch that out nicely over a couple sessions playing, or a little bit at a time over the course of a few weeks.

      As for the price issue, I bought it right away. Square-Enix rarely ever permanently drop the prices on their titles, and this game looks to be worth it. I was pretty blown away at how amazing the backdrops in the game look. The characters are a little on the jagged side running around on the world map, but I suspect that may be to keep the frame rate up on the older devices. Anti-aliasing isn't cheap on the CPU/GPU. All in all, very impressed on first couple minutes playing, and looking forward to working my way through it.

      • daviddd

        Don't you want to reward Square for developing an "iPhone-only" game? I mean COME ON, they hired the team from Final Fantasy and Wild Arms for crying out loud. $12.99 is reasonable I'm just saying..

      • Pressure

        He is simply implying that it takes 30 hours to get past the bloody tutorial in Final Fantasy XIII.

  • FlyingNorseman

    I think I will wait to see if there is an iPad version forthcoming.

  • FlyingNorseman

    I think I will wait to see if there is an iPad version forthcoming.

  • djmuzi

    sorry not for this price!!! it's not an iPad game to set such hifh price. 5 bucks would be ok.

  • djmuzi

    sorry not for this price!!! it's not an iPad game to set such hifh price. 5 bucks would be ok.

  • http://Twitter.com/tec2030 Thomas

    Everyone who is complaining about the price needs to chill. $12.99 is a friggin deal for this game. I would have probably paid $20 for it!

  • http://Twitter.com/tec2030 Thomas

    Everyone who is complaining about the price needs to chill. $12.99 is a friggin deal for this game. I would have probably paid $20 for it!

  • HurricaneMind

    If you pay thirteen bucks to buy Doodle Jump thirteen times, it's still just Doodle Jump. But if you pay thirteen bucks for Chaos Rings just once, then no, it's not Doodle Jump.
    Understand??
    It's just like purchasing the wallet that already belongs to you with the cash still inside.
    Think about it.
    It doesn't make sense, does it?
    Well, I'm not TRYING to make sense.
    My enix is round! Deal with it!

  • HurricaneMind

    If you pay thirteen bucks to buy Doodle Jump thirteen times, it's still just Doodle Jump. But if you pay thirteen bucks for Chaos Rings just once, then no, it's not Doodle Jump.
    Understand??
    It's just like purchasing the wallet that already belongs to you with the cash still inside.
    Think about it.
    It doesn't make sense, does it?
    Well, I'm not TRYING to make sense.
    My enix is round! Deal with it!

  • Charred Toast

    The game is great, but why doesn’t Square get the word out about this game. They should have been previewing it on all the game sites (not just iphone gaming sites), and they should be making a big deal about a big budget Square game coming out for the iphone/ipod touch. How is it going to sell well with so little publicity. I want to see more AAA games on the iphone, but how are they going to sell the big numbers needed without putting any effort into advertising. Hardly any of my gaming friends even seem to know this game exists. The only way I know is because I go to iphone gaming sites like this one.

    As for the price. You are not going to get any more high production value games on the iphone/ipod touch if you are not willing to part with more money. If you want all your games to look like free flash browser games then sure less than five bucks is fine. People would pay $35 for this game on a DS or PSP, so I think 13 is move than fair.

    I worry that if this game does not sell well it will signal the end of big developers putting out high quality games on the iphone. We will be left with low production value games (some good) like Doodle Jump, micro-transaction heavy games like We Rule, and games full of adds. Like it or not developers have to be able to make a good profit or they wont bother. If you want cheap shovel ware, there is already plenty of that in the app store.

    I really hope this game sells well. I want to see less quantity, and more quality.

    • HawkEye

      I'm curious as to how the Top Grossing chart on the App Store actually works, because much like Plants vs. Zombies before it, Chaos Rings has skyrocketed to the #1 position basically overnight. Is there a time frame around which sales are ranked (i.e. the last 6 weeks or months?) or is that chart actually accurate from whatever day it was started, and SquareEnix has made that much money already. Either way, it looks to be gaining popularity quick, as it's already #18 on the Top Paid list with over 100 glowing reviews. Hopefully SE thinks this was a success and will pursue more titles.

      • noah

        It's based on the last 24 hours worth of sales.

  • Charred Toast

    The game is great, but why doesn’t Square get the word out about this game. They should have been previewing it on all the game sites (not just iphone gaming sites), and they should be making a big deal about a big budget Square game coming out for the iphone/ipod touch. How is it going to sell well with so little publicity. I want to see more AAA games on the iphone, but how are they going to sell the big numbers needed without putting any effort into advertising. Hardly any of my gaming friends even seem to know this game exists. The only way I know is because I go to iphone gaming sites like this one.

    As for the price. You are not going to get any more high production value games on the iphone/ipod touch if you are not willing to part with more money. If you want all your games to look like free flash browser games then sure less than five bucks is fine. People would pay $35 for this game on a DS or PSP, so I think 13 is move than fair.

    I worry that if this game does not sell well it will signal the end of big developers putting out high quality games on the iphone. We will be left with low production value games (some good) like Doodle Jump, micro-transaction heavy games like We Rule, and games full of adds. Like it or not developers have to be able to make a good profit or they wont bother. If you want cheap shovel ware, there is already plenty of that in the app store.

    I really hope this game sells well. I want to see less quantity, and more quality.

    • HawkEye

      I'm curious as to how the Top Grossing chart on the App Store actually works, because much like Plants vs. Zombies before it, Chaos Rings has skyrocketed to the #1 position basically overnight. Is there a time frame around which sales are ranked (i.e. the last 6 weeks or months?) or is that chart actually accurate from whatever day it was started, and SquareEnix has made that much money already. Either way, it looks to be gaining popularity quick, as it's already #18 on the Top Paid list with over 100 glowing reviews. Hopefully SE thinks this was a success and will pursue more titles.

      • noah

        It's based on the last 24 hours worth of sales.

  • Christian

    I second guessed this game because of the price but I figured, what the hell...guys, it's UNBELIEVABLE!! Superb high quality (we expect no less, Square) and worth the $13. What are you waiting for?? GO...NOW!!

  • Christian

    I second guessed this game because of the price but I figured, what the hell...guys, it's UNBELIEVABLE!! Superb high quality (we expect no less, Square) and worth the $13. What are you waiting for?? GO...NOW!!

  • Rihito

    Heh. You Americans and your damn cheap apps.
    It's "pricey" because it was made by a Japanese company.
    You guys are so lucky over there. Here in japan $6 apps IS the standard.
    Hell, even $24 apps sells like cake here.

    • Blades

      Yes, because "US" American's are the only one's complaining. Idiot...

      ;

      • Rihito

        No, no. You missed my point.
        I wasn't telling anybody to stop complaining, *I* am complaining up there.
        They should bring the US app store pricing logic to Japan. That way, Japanese companies will charge less.

    • mike

      So basically you want... a Japanese language option within all of Square's games...so you can get them on the App Store.

      I don't think SE is legally allowed to ship a product that doesn't have Japanese in it. ;) Check again.

  • Rihito

    Heh. You Americans and your damn cheap apps.
    It's "pricey" because it was made by a Japanese company.
    You guys are so lucky over there. Here in japan $6 apps IS the standard.
    Hell, even $24 apps sells like cake here.

    • Blades

      Yes, because "US" American's are the only one's complaining. Idiot...

      ;

      • Rihito

        No, no. You missed my point.
        I wasn't telling anybody to stop complaining, *I* am complaining up there.
        They should bring the US app store pricing logic to Japan. That way, Japanese companies will charge less.

    • mike

      So basically you want... a Japanese language option within all of Square's games...so you can get them on the App Store.

      I don't think SE is legally allowed to ship a product that doesn't have Japanese in it. ;) Check again.

  • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore | taptoplay.de

    I don’t get the map ;).

  • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore | taptoplay.de

    I don’t get the map ;).

  • dk206

    buying * N O W*

  • dk206

    buying * N O W*

  • mintey

    BUYING RIGHT NOW!!!

  • mintey

    BUYING RIGHT NOW!!!

  • Lester

    AMAZING APP!!! I've finished playing the first couple. Will try the other one soon...~ Best app IMO...better than Avatar....~ OMG U guys better get it~

  • Lester

    AMAZING APP!!! I've finished playing the first couple. Will try the other one soon...~ Best app IMO...better than Avatar....~ OMG U guys better get it~

  • LaughingClown

    Heh all the people complaining about the price, I assume most of them are 14 or 15 year olds? LMAO!

    • Joel

      hahaha yaa they are their stupid. why not jailbreak it??

      • Aurelius

        Because that kills the gaming industry.

  • LaughingClown

    Heh all the people complaining about the price, I assume most of them are 14 or 15 year olds? LMAO!

    • Joel

      hahaha yaa they are their stupid. why not jailbreak it??

      • Aurelius

        Because that kills the gaming industry.

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

    Can I get a dollar? Does anyone hear $0.99? Sold!

    • mike

      Dude, do you have any idea how hurting the Japanese economy is right now? Consider it a donation to a 3rd world country.

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

    Can I get a dollar? Does anyone hear $0.99? Sold!

    • mike

      Dude, do you have any idea how hurting the Japanese economy is right now? Consider it a donation to a 3rd world country.

  • Leila

    I'm happy with my purchase. What was insane was the 8$ asked for the Final Fantasy port. It's like "Thank you nostalgia, but I already have an emulator, so...". It's pricey, but I guess I can afford it since I don't spend money on random apps (fart&beer anyone?) and go for games with high production value relative whether it's an solo game dev, an indie team or a big company. If you're a compulsive app buyer, if you value quantity over quality or either nor versatile nor hardcore gamer , just wait to see if the game is right for you, bcuz you know square ain't gonna drop dem price ;P 13$

    • mike

      An emulator isn't an option. It's stealing. Douche.

  • Leila

    I'm happy with my purchase. What was insane was the 8$ asked for the Final Fantasy port. It's like "Thank you nostalgia, but I already have an emulator, so...". It's pricey, but I guess I can afford it since I don't spend money on random apps (fart&beer anyone?) and go for games with high production value relative whether it's an solo game dev, an indie team or a big company. If you're a compulsive app buyer, if you value quantity over quality or either nor versatile nor hardcore gamer , just wait to see if the game is right for you, bcuz you know square ain't gonna drop dem price ;P 13$

    • mike

      An emulator isn't an option. It's stealing. Douche.

  • Jacob

    You people just don't get it. Everyone is saying it is worth $13 dollars because it would be $30 on the DS. The reason why it is cheaper is because it is less of a game. I played Final Fantasy tactics and IV on my DS and they were both amazing and the amount of content was staggering. This game has barely any content in comparison. There aren't even any shops. Not sure about the story because I haven't played it, but it seems to be just ok. Thankfully the battle mechanics look like they would be fun, but really people this game is a tad pricey just for graphics and battling.

    I do have questions though:

    Is there inventory at all?

    Can you upgrade equipment?

    How long is the story line for each character?

    • daviddd

      There IS a shop you idiot, it's in the castle to the left....

    • chrisangel13

      Barely any content??? There's at least 7-8 hours of gameplay with one character pair, and there are 4 pairs in total with different scenarios, so that's 28-32 hours total. You're a dumbass

    • Wulfette

      Uh yeah, shops is on the left, and you can find better armor/weapon in treasure boxes on higher levels. Equipment is found by clicking the small window on the top right... all easy to find...

    • Mike w

      This game is a bargain at $13. Anyone who argues that it is expensive only does so comparing it to .99 to $5 crap that proliferates on the app store. This game blew me away and offers an incredible level of depth and game play compared to anything I've seen on the iPhone yet.

  • Jacob

    You people just don't get it. Everyone is saying it is worth $13 dollars because it would be $30 on the DS. The reason why it is cheaper is because it is less of a game. I played Final Fantasy tactics and IV on my DS and they were both amazing and the amount of content was staggering. This game has barely any content in comparison. There aren't even any shops. Not sure about the story because I haven't played it, but it seems to be just ok. Thankfully the battle mechanics look like they would be fun, but really people this game is a tad pricey just for graphics and battling.

    I do have questions though:

    Is there inventory at all?

    Can you upgrade equipment?

    How long is the story line for each character?

    • daviddd

      There IS a shop you idiot, it's in the castle to the left....

    • chrisangel13

      Barely any content??? There's at least 7-8 hours of gameplay with one character pair, and there are 4 pairs in total with different scenarios, so that's 28-32 hours total. You're a dumbass

    • Wulfette

      Uh yeah, shops is on the left, and you can find better armor/weapon in treasure boxes on higher levels. Equipment is found by clicking the small window on the top right... all easy to find...

    • Mike w

      This game is a bargain at $13. Anyone who argues that it is expensive only does so comparing it to .99 to $5 crap that proliferates on the app store. This game blew me away and offers an incredible level of depth and game play compared to anything I've seen on the iPhone yet.

  • daviddd

    $12.99 is worth it and this is coming from a guy who usually only buys $1 games. This game equals, if not surpasses Nintendo DS and PSP games in quality and content for the money. I spent over $12 on coffee and a sandwich yesterday, but will coffee and a sandwich keep me entertained for 30+ hours?

    • Blades

      No but that coffee and sandwich might COME out 30+ hours later......lol

      ;

      • Vovin

        Wow... you are so funny...

      • Blades

        Thank you, Thank you Vovin, I'll be hear all night and don't forget to tip your waiter....

        ;

    • Sander

      What are you talking about? The game lasts 6 hours, puzzles included. And there are like 5 enemies, they just have different color palettes, like the Mortal Kombat Ninjas.

      • Wulfette

        It's true, my only negative point for this is that the game has repetitive monster (though there is a couple of hidden rare monsters in the higher levels). 6 hours is only for one couple, no? I didn't play straight, so I don't know. But it's the kind of game I can pick up and play again to level up. For example, to beat the Quaia (dunno if it's spelled this way) - I'd love to level up all four scenarios first.

  • daviddd

    $12.99 is worth it and this is coming from a guy who usually only buys $1 games. This game equals, if not surpasses Nintendo DS and PSP games in quality and content for the money. I spent over $12 on coffee and a sandwich yesterday, but will coffee and a sandwich keep me entertained for 30+ hours?

    • Blades

      No but that coffee and sandwich might COME out 30+ hours later......lol

      ;

      • Vovin

        Wow... you are so funny...

      • Blades

        Thank you, Thank you Vovin, I'll be hear all night and don't forget to tip your waiter....

        ;

    • Sander

      What are you talking about? The game lasts 6 hours, puzzles included. And there are like 5 enemies, they just have different color palettes, like the Mortal Kombat Ninjas.

      • Wulfette

        It's true, my only negative point for this is that the game has repetitive monster (though there is a couple of hidden rare monsters in the higher levels). 6 hours is only for one couple, no? I didn't play straight, so I don't know. But it's the kind of game I can pick up and play again to level up. For example, to beat the Quaia (dunno if it's spelled this way) - I'd love to level up all four scenarios first.

  • Alex

    I'm torn, I really want to buy this now to play it on my iPad, but don't want to see it come out in another month or two as an HD version :O

  • Alex

    I'm torn, I really want to buy this now to play it on my iPad, but don't want to see it come out in another month or two as an HD version :O

  • sdfsfw

    This game is complete crap. Not only is the story HORRIBLE, but the gameplay matches. If a boss hits you more than once, you are most likely dead. So you have to constantly heal yourselves and hope they miss once so you can actually attack. The last pair of people you have to fight are always like, 10 levels higher than you so have fun getting one shotted by one of their spells. There is NOTHING you can do about this, except hope that they don't do it. If one of your players die, don't even bother reviving, just lose the match. As soon as you revive, the boss will just hit you both and the person you revived will instantly die, and if you aren't at full health, you will too. There is no strategy behind this, it's just hoping that the AI fouls up so you can actually attack. Horrible story, horrible fighting system. I give this game 2/10, because the graphics were the only thing that impressed me. Don't take my word for it though, try this piece of crap out for yourself.

    • chrisangel13

      You're a dumbass, this game was fairly easy to beat. You just suck. Also, the storyline is great! You obvioulsy haven't progressed very much

    • Jdogg

      Yeah that's really lame I thought. The difficulty way extremely poorly balanced. It talks about the benefit of working together, but that us useless until endgame. Also the level requirements are off. I fight 30 levels ahead and do just fine. My level 30 dude could solo the while game. En fin, game starts challenging cuz of all the 1-shots, and then gets oddly easy. I'm waiting for an update to rebalance difficulty. Right now on the replay I'm fighting mobs 30 levels stronger and they do 0-30 damage. If it wasn't so easy I'd finish the game all 4 times.

    • Wulfette

      Best way to balance yourself, which I thought works best: if you're lv1-10, stay at lv 1-10, once you're at 11, add 10 to your level. So fighting gates lv21-30 is a good choice if you're lv 11-20.

    • Wulfette

      I don't understand why you're so stuck?? I mean, just level up before you fight the boss! First boss at lv 20ish is good enough for me. Try casting Mental Block on both.

  • sdfsfw

    This game is complete crap. Not only is the story HORRIBLE, but the gameplay matches. If a boss hits you more than once, you are most likely dead. So you have to constantly heal yourselves and hope they miss once so you can actually attack. The last pair of people you have to fight are always like, 10 levels higher than you so have fun getting one shotted by one of their spells. There is NOTHING you can do about this, except hope that they don't do it. If one of your players die, don't even bother reviving, just lose the match. As soon as you revive, the boss will just hit you both and the person you revived will instantly die, and if you aren't at full health, you will too. There is no strategy behind this, it's just hoping that the AI fouls up so you can actually attack. Horrible story, horrible fighting system. I give this game 2/10, because the graphics were the only thing that impressed me. Don't take my word for it though, try this piece of crap out for yourself.

    • chrisangel13

      You're a dumbass, this game was fairly easy to beat. You just suck. Also, the storyline is great! You obvioulsy haven't progressed very much

    • Jdogg

      Yeah that's really lame I thought. The difficulty way extremely poorly balanced. It talks about the benefit of working together, but that us useless until endgame. Also the level requirements are off. I fight 30 levels ahead and do just fine. My level 30 dude could solo the while game. En fin, game starts challenging cuz of all the 1-shots, and then gets oddly easy. I'm waiting for an update to rebalance difficulty. Right now on the replay I'm fighting mobs 30 levels stronger and they do 0-30 damage. If it wasn't so easy I'd finish the game all 4 times.

    • Wulfette

      Best way to balance yourself, which I thought works best: if you're lv1-10, stay at lv 1-10, once you're at 11, add 10 to your level. So fighting gates lv21-30 is a good choice if you're lv 11-20.

    • Wulfette

      I don't understand why you're so stuck?? I mean, just level up before you fight the boss! First boss at lv 20ish is good enough for me. Try casting Mental Block on both.

  • mintey

    Stuck already.
    I've done 3 puzzles now and still haven't found the goddamn ring!
    Any advice?

    • Wulfette

      you can't 'find' the ring. beat the boss and the ring will come to you.

  • mintey

    Stuck already.
    I've done 3 puzzles now and still haven't found the goddamn ring!
    Any advice?

    • Wulfette

      you can't 'find' the ring. beat the boss and the ring will come to you.

  • chrisangel13

    Fantastic game with great storyline, stunning graphics on the iPhone, amazing music, and a strategic battle system. There is on average 8 hours of gameplay with one character pair, and there are 4 pairs to choose from. Each pair has a different scenario. So in total there are about 32 hours of gameplay. Without a doubt, this game was $13 well spent.

    • Wulfette

      I also thought it was cool because on top of all that, we can play our own music (not that their music is bad) I just thought it was such a nice plus.

  • chrisangel13

    Fantastic game with great storyline, stunning graphics on the iPhone, amazing music, and a strategic battle system. There is on average 8 hours of gameplay with one character pair, and there are 4 pairs to choose from. Each pair has a different scenario. So in total there are about 32 hours of gameplay. Without a doubt, this game was $13 well spent.

    • Wulfette

      I also thought it was cool because on top of all that, we can play our own music (not that their music is bad) I just thought it was such a nice plus.

  • Darxtar

    Last checked it was #1 Top Grossing with 5 full stars average despite the few 1 stars due to the price. This is why there's no reason to argue, the majority are satisfied and the statistics are there. Not everyone is a 13 year old boy who shits on games that are more than "Free" and $0.99.

  • Darxtar

    Last checked it was #1 Top Grossing with 5 full stars average despite the few 1 stars due to the price. This is why there's no reason to argue, the majority are satisfied and the statistics are there. Not everyone is a 13 year old boy who shits on games that are more than "Free" and $0.99.

  • Joe

    It's such a shame that such a great AAA title is languishing in 59th in the Paid Apps chart behind such apps as The Moron Test and Glee. This can only really be down to a (perfectly reasonable and wholly justified) breaking of the £5.99 barrier :(

  • Joe

    It's such a shame that such a great AAA title is languishing in 59th in the Paid Apps chart behind such apps as The Moron Test and Glee. This can only really be down to a (perfectly reasonable and wholly justified) breaking of the £5.99 barrier :(

  • Kanae

    Just finished it, got the first pair to lvl 90 something. brilliant game for people like me who are not quite into RPG's, but are trying to gain more appreciation for the genre. Artwork/Graphics push the platform to its limits and the soundtrack is never dull or repetitive, always sets a good mood for each situation. I like the simplicity of the battle system and the gene system with the 3 elements, also the animal themed genes is a nice touch. Only minor let down is the boss(es) and the length leaves you wanting more.

  • Kanae

    Just finished it, got the first pair to lvl 90 something. brilliant game for people like me who are not quite into RPG's, but are trying to gain more appreciation for the genre. Artwork/Graphics push the platform to its limits and the soundtrack is never dull or repetitive, always sets a good mood for each situation. I like the simplicity of the battle system and the gene system with the 3 elements, also the animal themed genes is a nice touch. Only minor let down is the boss(es) and the length leaves you wanting more.

  • Joel

    okay i just started this game and i dont no where to go. i go up to this wall of fire that wont let me go thru. its the first map on echers. it says fire is erupting from a fissure in the ground.

    • Kanae

      to get rid of the fire you need the two crystals/soul pieces. bottom left of your screen should have 2 empty slots, you need to fill them. look at the map and do both explore every sector, one is in a puzzle and i think the other is either a puzzle reward to or in a chest.

  • Joel

    okay i just started this game and i dont no where to go. i go up to this wall of fire that wont let me go thru. its the first map on echers. it says fire is erupting from a fissure in the ground.
    Help plz someone

    • Wulfette

      Check your map. Finish two puzzles and each puzzle will turn off the fire.

    • Escher

      Oh and if you beat it with a character then beat it again with that character if you start it new game+ then you unlock a seperate ending. And if you do that with all four couples (that's 8 times, eek) then you get a true ending that completely resolves the story. I haven't gotten that far but I know for a fact that that's true.

  • Joel

    okay i just started this game and i dont no where to go. i go up to this wall of fire that wont let me go thru. its the first map on echers. it says fire is erupting from a fissure in the ground.

    • Kanae

      to get rid of the fire you need the two crystals/soul pieces. bottom left of your screen should have 2 empty slots, you need to fill them. look at the map and do both explore every sector, one is in a puzzle and i think the other is either a puzzle reward to or in a chest.

  • Joel

    okay i just started this game and i dont no where to go. i go up to this wall of fire that wont let me go thru. its the first map on echers. it says fire is erupting from a fissure in the ground.
    Help plz someone

    • Wulfette

      Check your map. Finish two puzzles and each puzzle will turn off the fire.

    • Escher

      Oh and if you beat it with a character then beat it again with that character if you start it new game+ then you unlock a seperate ending. And if you do that with all four couples (that's 8 times, eek) then you get a true ending that completely resolves the story. I haven't gotten that far but I know for a fact that that's true.

  • Wulfette

    Oh just curious, at the game start of Olgar/Vahti couple it says CHAOS RINGS 'Duskfall', does anyone remember if the other couples have the same title (the 'Duskfall' part)?

  • Wulfette

    Oh just curious, at the game start of Olgar/Vahti couple it says CHAOS RINGS 'Duskfall', does anyone remember if the other couples have the same title (the 'Duskfall' part)?

  • dfgdfgdfg

    These apple fanboys are real douchebagz

  • dfgdfgdfg

    These apple fanboys are real douchebagz

  • sexy

    Nice game, good graphic, but very boring. By the way, you can get it free.

    • Sifer

      umm yea sure if you want your Iphone locked for jailbreaking it if you get caught, and besides, this game is awesome. I payed the 12 with out a second thought and i have never regreted it. its well worth the money to support good dev's if they dont get paid they dont make more games now do they? think of the future man.

  • sexy

    Nice game, good graphic, but very boring. By the way, you can get it free.

    • Sifer

      umm yea sure if you want your Iphone locked for jailbreaking it if you get caught, and besides, this game is awesome. I payed the 12 with out a second thought and i have never regreted it. its well worth the money to support good dev's if they dont get paid they dont make more games now do they? think of the future man.

  • Escher

    I highly recommend getting this game. I have it myself now
    and it is extremely fun
    and totally worth the price. The graphics are incredible and somehow manage to not drain the battery quickly at all. I love this game. It's equal or better than zenonia2 in the fun category. Lol

  • Escher

    I highly recommend getting this game. I have it myself now
    and it is extremely fun
    and totally worth the price. The graphics are incredible and somehow manage to not drain the battery quickly at all. I love this game. It's equal or better than zenonia2 in the fun category. Lol

  • Huron

    Is there gonna be any update cause after you pass it there's really no point. I'm already level 61 fight level 91 monsters and boss and I kill them in one shot so I need an update. And I also obtain all genes

  • Huron

    Is there gonna be any update cause after you pass it there's really no point. I'm already level 61 fight level 91 monsters and boss and I kill them in one shot so I need an update. And I also obtain all genes

  • L.M.Arixom Sixul

    Hey u guys(4 the ones against )!!!!!!! this game is grate... after all, an iPod isn't a PS3 ...right... so what r u people judging about if this is too much already 2b in iPod... the concept, the art, ect... is simply great & that's it ps= if u don't like ... well there's something wrong with you... or just don't say anything...

  • L.M.Arixom Sixul

    Hey u guys(4 the ones against )!!!!!!! this game is grate... after all, an iPod isn't a PS3 ...right... so what r u people judging about if this is too much already 2b in iPod... the concept, the art, ect... is simply great & that's it ps= if u don't like ... well there's something wrong with you... or just don't say anything...

  • Omg ItzTehArcher

    Got the game it is worth it.
    Btw Chaos Rings didn't break the price.. did anyone not see that 900 dollar app under top grossing. Cmon people.

  • Omg ItzTehArcher

    Got the game it is worth it.
    Btw Chaos Rings didn't break the price.. did anyone not see that 900 dollar app under top grossing. Cmon people.

  • Rin

    It's a solid game when all's said and done (i.e. 108% completion). It's not unique enough to appeal to someone who's tired of all the FF-style RPGs (pretty graphics, nice sounds, interesting character designs), but it will do if you want an RPG from Square Enix that you can carry in your pocket. There's not much grinding, unless you're a completionist,

    It could have been more reasonably priced, I suppose - $10 or so is my idea of reasonable - but $12.99 isn't that bad unless developers intend to jack up the prices for RPGs from now on. I do think that SE deserves the extra buck for making the effort to bring an RPG of this quality to the idevice platform and actually make it playable on the go though.

  • Rin

    It's a solid game when all's said and done (i.e. 108% completion). It's not unique enough to appeal to someone who's tired of all the FF-style RPGs (pretty graphics, nice sounds, interesting character designs), but it will do if you want an RPG from Square Enix that you can carry in your pocket. There's not much grinding, unless you're a completionist,

    It could have been more reasonably priced, I suppose - $10 or so is my idea of reasonable - but $12.99 isn't that bad unless developers intend to jack up the prices for RPGs from now on. I do think that SE deserves the extra buck for making the effort to bring an RPG of this quality to the idevice platform and actually make it playable on the go though.

  • Kira

    if you've entered a dungeon and want to go back to previous one, how you can do that? please help.

    Whats the purpose of scene selection? Just for displaying how much you've progressed?

  • Kira

    if you've entered a dungeon and want to go back to previous one, how you can do that? please help.

    Whats the purpose of scene selection? Just for displaying how much you've progressed?

  • shah

    finished the game. they made a very good story/concept out of the 'repetitiveness' of the game. a soundtrack to die for. superb graphics. and interesting battle/gene system. i would say highly recommended and worth the 12.99. hope to see more games like this (at lower prices. :D )

  • shah

    finished the game. they made a very good story/concept out of the 'repetitiveness' of the game. a soundtrack to die for. superb graphics. and interesting battle/gene system. i would say highly recommended and worth the 12.99. hope to see more games like this (at lower prices. :D )

  • FearWithin

    Yep 2g worx great
    O and another thing it's a good idea to pay for this and if ur a hardcore square fan like me... I've got all the final fantasy games for ps1 2 and 3 and more... And I am no where near rich it's known as a job. So just get one of those and you should b fine unless ur bad with money... I personally think that is s goof investment and I'm only 18

  • FearWithin

    Yep 2g worx great
    O and another thing it's a good idea to pay for this and if ur a hardcore square fan like me... I've got all the final fantasy games for ps1 2 and 3 and more... And I am no where near rich it's known as a job. So just get one of those and you should b fine unless ur bad with money... I personally think that is s goof investment and I'm only 18

  • OMan

    Haters doesn't have the money to buy. Cheap bastards.

  • OMan

    Haters doesn't have the money to buy. Cheap bastards.

  • John Lewis

    I think it worth the money compare to other game on PC, PS3, XBox. It's just too much for an iPhone game since the games prices always dropped to $0.99.
    I wonder how many copies of this game were sold, since most people think it's expensive (compare to other iPhone apps). anyone has the number?

    • FearWithin

      Well it is one of the top games in the app store so it must be a good amount if you think about it

  • John Lewis

    I think it worth the money compare to other game on PC, PS3, XBox. It's just too much for an iPhone game since the games prices always dropped to $0.99.
    I wonder how many copies of this game were sold, since most people think it's expensive (compare to other iPhone apps). anyone has the number?

    • FearWithin

      Well it is one of the top games in the app store so it must be a good amount if you think about it

  • Twinblades

    Great game all you haters or just stupid you act like this game is the most spendy app in the store. Have you fools seen the most exspensive apps list there's apps that are like 700$+ so quit the complainin and get the damn thing lol

  • Twinblades

    Great game all you haters or just stupid you act like this game is the most spendy app in the store. Have you fools seen the most exspensive apps list there's apps that are like 700$+ so quit the complainin and get the damn thing lol

  • http://rekzkarz.com rekzkarz

    Not sure why everyone bitches so much. $10 is a lot for an iPhone app, but try buying a game or software for your PC or Mac for $10. Good luck.

    What gets me is that no one *requires* anyone to buy these apps/games. It's all optional. If you spent $100-200 on your device, but only want to use free software, do it.

    Frankly, I'm all for copying (I mean, 'piracy', that's the appropriate propaganda term) but iPhone is quite locked down & I haven't had the desire to jailbreak my phone -- yet. But I've considered it and haven't ruled it out yet.

    I'm dloading the game now b/c I'm bored of the horrible TowerDefense games, the old looking retro games, and the 'stick figure' stuff. That said, props to my other games --> Defender Chronicles, Battle for Wesnoth, Dungeon Solitaire, Catan, Archon, Sorceror (like really old-school Wizardry).

    And major props to the best computer RPG I've found so far --> rpol.net <-- roleplaying online. This is text roleplay with real people. Thought I'd hate it, but I quite enjoy it. And I can post to my games easily w/iPhone.

    ZOT
    rekzkarz.com

  • http://rekzkarz.com rekzkarz

    Not sure why everyone bitches so much. $10 is a lot for an iPhone app, but try buying a game or software for your PC or Mac for $10. Good luck.

    What gets me is that no one *requires* anyone to buy these apps/games. It's all optional. If you spent $100-200 on your device, but only want to use free software, do it.

    Frankly, I'm all for copying (I mean, 'piracy', that's the appropriate propaganda term) but iPhone is quite locked down & I haven't had the desire to jailbreak my phone -- yet. But I've considered it and haven't ruled it out yet.

    I'm dloading the game now b/c I'm bored of the horrible TowerDefense games, the old looking retro games, and the 'stick figure' stuff. That said, props to my other games --> Defender Chronicles, Battle for Wesnoth, Dungeon Solitaire, Catan, Archon, Sorceror (like really old-school Wizardry).

    And major props to the best computer RPG I've found so far --> rpol.net <-- roleplaying online. This is text roleplay with real people. Thought I'd hate it, but I quite enjoy it. And I can post to my games easily w/iPhone.

    ZOT
    rekzkarz.com

  • LilacScarmon

    This game is SO. TOTALLY. WORTH. IT. The story hooks you in after playing just one pair of characters. I still haven't beaten the game and I'm dying to find out what happens in the end. And for the price of 13$ is pretty cheap for a game that lasts a long time and has extremely good graphics for an iPod/iPad. There have been absolutley NO bugs or glitches in my game so far, so that's just an extra bonus. The story is almost as amazing as any Final Fantasy game I've played(:

  • LilacScarmon

    This game is SO. TOTALLY. WORTH. IT. The story hooks you in after playing just one pair of characters. I still haven't beaten the game and I'm dying to find out what happens in the end. And for the price of 13$ is pretty cheap for a game that lasts a long time and has extremely good graphics for an iPod/iPad. There have been absolutley NO bugs or glitches in my game so far, so that's just an extra bonus. The story is almost as amazing as any Final Fantasy game I've played(:

  • Marsofearth

    Heh...

    Unlock the "Last Battle's" and Pui Pui has a surprise for you ;)

  • andrew koa

    just jailbreak your unit and its free!

  • Cifer

    I love this game, personally.
    Of course, I bought it while it's on the Christmas special half-off price... Otherwise, I would still be looking for a phenomenal game for my itouch.