We've been having a great time with Aralon: Sword and Shadow HD [$6.99] as evident by our review from last week, but there is no denying the fact that the game's initial release was a little rough around the edges. It didn't stop us from enjoying it, but we're extremely happy to see Crescent Moon Games hard at work releasing updates to tweak the game. Animations have been approved for both fishing and pick pocketing, in addition, NPCs also have gotten some new animations and greetings.

Graphical and performance enhancements have been made which makes the game run and look better, and spell effects have also been improved. In the additional content department, there are new quests, crafting recipes, items, and more. Also, in your travels you will come across both mage and troll henchmen that will aid you. Two new shops have opened as well, one in the city and one in Taryn Ridge.

Various improvements have made to the game's dungeons including souping up boss battles, and Crescent Moon addressed some of the crashes players were experiencing along with implementing a bucket full of other bug fixes and balance tweaks. If you were waiting to pick up Aralon to see what happens with future updates, now is your chance. We've also heard from Crescent Moon that they're hard at work on another update, and plan to implement as much as they can from the Aralon suggestions thread on our forums.

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

    While I appreciate the ambition of this game I found when I picked it up last week, along with Real Racing 2 (and just before that, Infinity Blade), that it was just too rough to play.

    Visually it had many issues, particularly with brutally low poly characters and poor animation, but worse was the gameplay. With no tutorials to speak of and with extremely difficult enemies which can kill you right from the start of the game in just a couple of hits, I soon gave up. It's not as if there's anything to the combat either - you just mash the attack button.

    It all just felt half baked to me, like a game barely at alpha level and in need of serious amounts of work before it would even hit beta.

    • Abisco

      There are quite alot of tutorials if you decide to talk to people in town. Also, the game is quite easy in my opinion so far, save the boss battles and mobs of 3 or more enemies attacking... You need to keep at it. Once you get past the beginning, the game really opens up... But it isnt for everyone, Cause obviously its an RPG and thus requires patience to get into.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JZIZ6NLYZDGC52DL4QEVBIALMU Hackmodford

      at first I agreed but soon found that you need armor ASAP
      Once you buy some armor it gets alot easier.
      So head to town dodging enemies on your horse and get the armor and you'll be good.

      The update has fixed the crashing issues for me. I'm enjoying this as much as I enjoyed the quest. :D

    • Anonymous

      Never found it hard at all, never even bought new armor. Started out with a rogue in normal difficulty. The first wolf enemies are really easy enough, and when I leveled up I put everything to increase my critical percentage. Havent died once, been playing for 2-3 hours.

      Never found it hard at all...yet(?). I guess it depends how you're playing it and depending on what class you chose. Warrior...probably going to want armor, rogue would need more accuracy/crit. But it really shouldn't be a hard game from the start.

    • Cronus0326

      That reasons why you struggle playing this game is because you're a terrible human being but though that is certainly a major reason for your overwhelming suckiness I would also like to point out that you are likely terrible at video games as well.

  • Big Albie

    The Aralon devs deserve all the kudos they're receiving. While the game is rough around the edges, the game provides an immersive and engaging experience. The updates will only further that. Really, if you have it and haven't gotten into it, take some time and you'll find out what I mean.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah I hit level 22 last night and I'm glad I gritted my teeth through some of the more annoying spots I encountered, because the game has really opened up, its almost too big for me to keep track of everywhere I'm supposed to be.

  • Anonymous

    Really disappointed that they didn't fix the inventory/menu system and loading screens going to a horrible iPhone screen size on the iPad. It really does feel like an unfinished product running the game on the bigger screen and it is EXTREMELY annoying. The voice work is still being drowned out by the music at times as well.

    • Anonymous

      at least the rest of the interface is bigger, imagine how much worse it could be

  • Bobwocky

    Animations isn't a word.

    • Animations

      Neither is Bobwocky

      • Anonymous

        Hahaha

  • Anonymous

    I feel like this game would have been a lot more impressive had it been released before Rage and Epic Citadel.

    • Anonymous

      I disagree, simply because Rage is an arcade game and Epic Citadel is a pretty shallow game mechanic wrapped in pretty animations. This game manages to be a massive experience. Its remarkable how much it reminds me of world of warcraft, it makes me think an mmo for the iPad would actually be possible.

    • Cronus0326

      You feel that way because you have insipid taste in video games.

  • http://twitter.com/PeterM11 Peter Mostoff

    I just wish they would completely redo all the faces.

  • A Nanny Mouse

    The ranger class is a complete bore. I realize this isn't WoW, but they need to revisit that whole concept. I understand that a lack of pets is probably a limitation of the system, but the skill tree doesn't even offer any kind of way to improve your archery. So the two things that make a ranger class interesting are sacrificed in exchange for turning it into a kind of boring hybrid of the other three classes.

    • lolwut

      And shields are pointless too, for warriors. And parry doesnt seem to work :/

    • lolwut

      And shields are pointless too, for warriors. And parry doesnt seem to work :/

    • Anonymous

      I really like my ranger, but I get what you're saying, what really annoys me is only having 10 action buttons, if I want to rapidly switch weapons, summon my horse, and drink potions, I wind up sacrificing slots for spells

    • Cronus0326

      You're a tard. Go eat a turd but first please get your head out of your mommies arse and realize how great this game is.

  • Felix

    I recently got an iphone and noticed that a lot of developers on itunes has this get things out and do major updates afterwards, I'm interested is this trend encouraged by Apple?

    • Swingingwake

      No publisher would encourage this practice. No, it's often encouraged by impending bankruptcy. Small developers without adequate capital and/or project management skills sometimes must release unfinished projects with the promise of "major updates" to get a revenue stream going so they can continue to buy food and pay rent. Unfortunately, it often backfires (see: 100 Rogues) as a mountain of damning AppStore reviews on a broken initial release can sink a game forever.

    • Swingingwake

      No publisher would encourage this practice. No, it's often encouraged by impending bankruptcy. Small developers without adequate capital and/or project management skills sometimes must release unfinished projects with the promise of "major updates" to get a revenue stream going so they can continue to buy food and pay rent. Unfortunately, it often backfires (see: 100 Rogues) as a mountain of damning AppStore reviews on a broken initial release can sink a game forever.

  • Overzero3

    lol, WoW really is a bitch, aint it! People are playing this game like its WoW, of course you will feel akward doing so!
    Before Ranger mean pets and ranged, it also meant dual-wielding and some minor spells...good oldies!
    Now everyone thinks that WoW concepts are the right on! Heck, people even want more quickslots on a portable game...if this keep it up people will start asking for Raids!!

  • Exalejo

    2.12 crashes immediately, 2.0 crashed at certain points, and neutral state wouldnt work, all npcs attacked me...so no quests could be accomplished...no playing...

  • hAxberg

    Overzero3 right on, theres to many rpgnoobs acting like WoW is the foundation of RPGs.

    I just stumbled across this forum looking for a solution to the problem with the game crashing at the load up screen. It seems im not alone about that, cant do anything but wait until a new release comes. Maybe then im able to try this game.

    But a game with so many problems and ppl like me who cant even get the game running I doubt it is any good.