Yesterday I posted some basic details and then followed that up with some additional impressions as I made my way to level 10. At some point during the night, Gameloft threw the switch to make the game available internationally. If you've been anxiously reading our preview coverage and forum thread, download Order & Chaos Online [$6.99] as soon as you can.

And as soon as you do, disable global chat for the love of all things true and decent. To do so, bring up the text entry and instead of tapping the "Global Chat" button to talk in that channel, holdit down until it is blocked. For whatever reason, Gameloft apparently hasn't segregated servers at all, so Global chat is a mishmash of every language under the sun.

I'm not sure how much of a "review" I can even do for a game like Order & Chaos. I played basically all day yesterday, and I feel like I've barely scratched the surface. I've yet to really even make it outside of what feels like the starting area, and my talent trees haven't even breached the second tier of skills. This seems like a massive game, and the TouchArcade guild chat seems to have unanimously agree that Order & Chaos Online is "as good as vanilla World of Warcraft." I'm not sure I'd go that far, but there certainly is absolutely nothing else like this available on the App Store.

With that being said, as I mentioned in a previous post, Order & Chaos is definitely textbook Gameloft. They cloned the art, gameplay, and everything else that matters while leaving out a lot of the "soul" (for lack of a better way to put it) that Blizzard always has in their games. It's technically competent, but at times it feels like you're just going through the motions of an MMO, doing kill quests and running around while not really being invested in the game world itself. I've yet to really even come across anything I'd describe as "lore," which could be a fairly negative thing in the eyes of many.

There's also the legitimate concern that Gameloft might not keep Order & Chaos fresh with updates. A vital part of any MMO is a constant stream of content for your subscribers to play through, and Gameloft hasn't exactly had the best track record when it comes to providing additional content to their games at all. Without a fairly functional crystal ball, it's hard to say if this will ring true for Order & Chaos or not. Also, the WiFi-only limitation sucks. The game works just fine for jailbroken users with 3G Unrestrictor, and not being able to play on the go with my 3G iPad is seriously a drag.

Anyway, what I do know is I've been having a blast with the game. It's been scratching the eternal itch I've had for a WoW-like MMO on my iPad, and the fact that the client is universal is just icing on the cake. The TouchArcade guild seems to be having a blast too. Speaking of which, let's see if we can just take over the Arcadian Forest server. I was actively recruiting today for the TouchArcade guild, but it hit the 60 character limit in about 45 minutes... So we're going to need to make other arrangements. If you're a guildmaster looking for players, stop by this thread. Alternatively, if you're a player looking for a guild, feel free to post here.

Order & Chaos comes with free 3 month subscription, following that subscriptions are 99Β’ for one month, $1.99 for three months, and $2.99 for six months.

  • Anonymous

    I am so tired of cliche fantasy. Orc Burnout πŸ˜‰

    Let me know when someone uses a little imagination and comes up with an MMO that's different.

    • totoytorotot

      I'm so tired of whiners.

      Let me know when you're dead.

      • Anonymous

        Thank you for reminding me why I stopped posting comments on Touch Arcade.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed, that was disgusting. Be nice please.

      • Anonymous

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    • sk

      It's true. I think I will buy this but it is so visually similar to WoW that it actually is eerie.

    • Jaytb

      pocket legends is a fun and different MMO imo

      • Ian Logsdon

        too cutesy for me, I want something gritty and scifi, like Deus Ex or Fallout

  • Anonymous

    LOL - Love the global text screen shot comment! Gonna check this out tonight.

  • Jul_marcel

    IMO, Gameloft gave the Canadian a two-days lead because... well.. they're canadian, you know... ^^

  • ConraDargo

    I remember asking the exact same thing the first time I hopped on the WoW bandwagon, and some of the people talking were like "Ouch, that hurt" ^^

    Rule #1 in any MMORPG: disable global chat, or get spammed to death.

  • Sheriff

    I _<

  • Diab

    The game looks great, kind of a no brainer that it will be a gameloft money maker and then more then likely not receive updates after a few months, most other gameloft titles follow this pattern as the dev team moves on.

    Still I had my fill of Pocket Legends a while ago, even if you play this for the free months you get with the game I think it's still good value for money, at least by what I have seen and heard so far.

  • Dave

    Chuck Norris' legendary mallet

  • Vorpal Blade

    I just realized how much I miss the first asheron's call game. I really hope gameloft keeps this game up.

  • Wim Lauryssen

    The one thing that bothers me without even installing the game is that they're selling gold. I'm kind of curious what that'll do to the game. There's also the fact that most decent MMOs ban gold-selling, instead of making it an official thing.

    • Anonymous

      Selling their own gold does two things. Stops Chinese farmers and makes GL more money.

  • Wim Lauryssen

    The one thing that bothers me without even installing the game is that they're selling gold. I'm kind of curious what that'll do to the game. There's also the fact that most decent MMOs ban gold-selling, instead of making it an official thing.

    • Anonymous

      It's hilariously overpriced. Rest easy...

  • Tribalplague

    If I play this ripoff it will probably be on an ipad as this type of game is a pain to play it on the iphone/ipod touch

  • Donald

    This is a 3d version of World of Magic with WoW textures. There doesn't appear to be any rime or reason into the skills. You can just mash them and kill stuff without any thought. There also doesn't appear to be endgame content or dungeons. How long can people just Kill X amount of monsters.. walk around.. repeat? This game, so far, lacks... life. I'll keep going, when I have spare time, and see how it plays out but not keeping hopes up.

  • Anonymous

    im on Arcadian Forest - psycho78

  • Anonymous

    Haven't played wow so this will feel new then!?.

    I played EQ2 for a while and interested in seeing how this stacks up......when it goes on sale.

  • Monte

    Anyone know if you can disable global chat? Otherwise I'm enjoying the game

    • Royce

      Read the second paragraph of the article you're commenting on πŸ˜‰

    • Monte

      Just read how to block global chat above - I was in a hurry to get in the game earlier πŸ™‚

  • Joseph

    I was going to buy it, but then I saw it has monthly subscriptions. How stupid.

    • Professor Xing

      Is 99 cents a month a stretch too far for your wallet? How much do you spend on cheesie poofs every day?

      • Joseph

        It's just because you already pay the price, and then your constantly paying again and again.

      • Asianskunk5

        That's the basis of nearly every MMO...
        I could dig in an old box of Legos and find more than $1. Besides, with this attitude, do you honestly expect to be playing past three months after purchase?

      • Matthew L.

        This is called an "MMO". Other than guild wars, all MMOs charge subscriptions. End of story.

      • Asianskunk5

        WoW and all of its expansions = well over $100. Add on $14.99 a month with over 11 MILLION people paying these prices and you will see that this game's payment plan is completely fair.

    • Anonymous

      So if I tell you the price of a World of Warcraft subscription, shall I have smelling salt ready? .99 a month is ridiculously cheap for an MMO -- that is, as long as this MMO has enough depth (still early too tell yet).

  • Spaceneos

    pay $3 and you probly wont pay ever again if you find something new in that 6 months time. thats redicuously cheap for a mmo

  • Anonymous

    What's the level cap atm?

    • Anonymous

      I have seen items with level 54, so somewhere north of level 50, perhaps 60 since 60 is the new 50.

  • Emin3m outro

    its decent, but I just hope that gameloft can update this on a regular basis as they often don't do this.

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  • Passby

    FYI, the guild member number limit is 240 now(after we hotfixed the old 60, it's a little too small, as we planned to add a guild level system into the later updates, 60 is just the beginning, but we didn't plan to be so welcomed@@), no need to worry about it for a short term...

  • Dabestgoalie

    This game is fun

  • Regina

    Other than facebook is this only available on i-apps?