Well, as far as strange releases go, EA Mobile's Heroes Lore nearly takes the cake. Back in September, we posted a video from German iPhone site iFun.de that showed an iOS version of the Heroes Lore franchise, an RPG series that has been hugely popular on cell phones in Asian markets for several years. Then early last month, EA released some new details and screenshots, indeed confirming that the title would be coming to iOS as Heroes Lore: Stigmata of Gaia.

Literally the very next day, the international version of Heroes Lore: Stigmata of Gaia was released, which basically meant that everywhere except the US and Canada could buy the game. It is pretty typical practice for EA and some other publishers to release region specific versions of their games, and sometimes this means that the releases of the various versions gets staggered from the rest. Usually this only means a matter of days before the game is available in all territories, so we waited. And waited. And waited some more.

Now, just shy of two full months after the international version's release, Heroes Lore has finally hit the US and Canadian App Stores. Interestingly, and for reasons unknown, the Stigmata of Gaia subtitle has been dropped and the North American version is officially known as Heroes of Lore III [$1.99].

There is a ton of information and impressions available in the thread in our forums from international players who have spent the last seven weeks playing the game, and have compared it to similar titles like the SEED and Zenonia series. So far opinions seem pretty polarized on Heroes Lore III, with some players really loving the game and others deleting it within minutes, so you may want to check out some forum impressions first to decide if this is your particular cup of tea before plunking down your loose change. If you were excited from the announcement two months ago, and your enthusiasm hasn't waned since, then make sure to check out Heroes Lore III in the US App Store.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Federico-Astica/1003533711 Federico Astica

    It's 4.99 in the Latin America store :(
    We still don't have "Rage" and "Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4" and now we have more expensive games... great!!!

  • poopage

    5 bucks. not 2.. and its not even universal... =/

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Federico-Astica/1003533711 Federico Astica

      It's 1.99 in USA. If you click the link you will be redirected to the USA online iTunes store, and it says 1.99.

  • Joe

    They probably dropped the Stigmata of Gaia title because it could be offensive. Stigmata is the term used for the wounds Christ received from the crown of thorns, the lashings, the nails in his hands and feet, and the spear in his side. A lot of us Americans are apparently easily offended. Associating those wounds with a pagan god could offend.

  • Caymans

    Why would american's be more offended by the term stigmata bring used than countries which have been christian for thousands of years?

    • Caymans

      I meant 'Americans'! Not sure how I missed the capital, or why I used the possessive form.

    • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

      @cay

      Cuz its in English and 99% of Korean gamers won't know to be offended by Stigmata?

  • Jorge

    "Stigmata of Gaia" was dropped due to a copyright issue

    • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

      @j

      Are you sure? Or was it just dropped because someone got hold of a Dictionary and looked up what it meant. Such an unnecessarily dark/weird title.

      • Asdasd

        I won't rule out that it was dropped so as not to offend but I doubt that's really the case. An iphone game, even from EA isn't exactly on the mainstream radar, and "stigmata", while originally referring to Jesus' wounds, has become a generic term. Besides, look at half of the horror movies, comic books and metal/goth music that's come out in the last 20 years... Saying "stigmata" is nothing.

        Anyway the app store is filled with stuff that's 1000x more blasphemous, I mean look at 100 Rogues where you have the "hand of God" come down. I would be much more inclined to believe it's a copyright or licensing issue.

  • oracle_ab

    It's an okay game; reminds me of Zenonia. Fun, though I do wish the overall tone of the art was a bit brighter. Could be due to porting, but I wouldn't know.

  • Matador13

    retina support?

  • Simon

    shitty game.. same ol young boy from the village sets out on an adventure. clumsy collitions all the time , boring fighting and very unorginial story and quests... blehh.