Old-school RPG enthusiasts have something to look forward to coming soon on their iOS devices. Indie studio Geppetto Games is currently in production on Descend, a grid-based first-person role-playing game that is influenced by classics like the Dungeon Masters and Eye of the Beholder series.

If the mention of those two classics has stirred up some excitement in your belly, keep in mind that Descend is merely influenced by them, and will look to do some things differently than those titles. The combat will be fully turn-based, similar to Doom II RPG [$2.99], and feature a party system. Also, instead of the typical flat textures and faux 3D scaling techniques used back in the day to make games appear three dimensional, the world of Descend will actually be rendered entirely in 3D.

I’m excited to see how Descend ends up turning out, and what kind of impact modern visuals will have on the old-school game design. Admittedly, I wasn’t ever that into games like this growing up, but I did have a blast with Undercroft [Free] which appears to be the closest analog to Descend that’s currently available in the App Store. The game is slated for release sometime next month if everything goes smoothly, and until then you can drop by the thread in our forums for some discussion on Descend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/CBrandonButler Brandon Butler

    YES! It's like the quest but with better graphics... I can't wait!

  • http://profiles.google.com/fleshman1992 Laszlo Tuss

    Awesome! i want it!

  • http://twitter.com/Niasyn Allan Lee

    Very nice looking rending engine!

  • Jlaalja

    Wow!  Looks great!  Bring it on!!

  • Jlaalja

    Wow!  Looks great!  Bring it on!!

  • DotComCTO

    Great! I've been looking for a modern successor to Dungeon Master (on iOS) for quite a while. The Quest, while great, doesn't quite fit that bill for me. "Descend" is definitely looking very nice. It'd be neat if it even had DM's rune-based spell casting scheme...that was a really interesting approach, back in the day.

    • Luthur1964

      yes, the spell casting of FTL's Dungeon Master was the best! I loved the preparation of spells before a perceived battle and the real-time rush and panic when you took some hits or party members died. I don't think that turn-based combat will generate the same excitement, but I am still looking forward to this.

  • Anonymous

    Looks nice, surprised that The Quest wasn't mention in the article, can't wait to check that one out.

  • andy

    Can't wait for this one to appear..I'm a big fan of Dungeon Master...only The Quest and Undercroft have sated my appetite on the IOS so far.

  • Adam

    I was reading.... Descen... and thinking... Yes!  A 'Descent 2' port to iOS!  That is still one of my all time favorite games.  Then I saw that it was Descend :(.

  • Anonymous

    Undercroft was awesome. I'm looking forward to this one.

  • Anonymous

    The 3d graphics look ugly and generic, I'd rather have 2d sprites.  

  • Andy Raczynski

    Bard's Tales!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/teknikal69 P Allen

    Looks good I've been a sucker for this type of game since Dungeon Master, EOB and Bloodwych on the Amiga. The screenshots look good I might go back to Undercroft and have a game now.

  • geppetto

    Hey guys - thanks for the really positive feedback. Looking forward to getting this thing out to you to see what you all think. It's been a LONG road developing this thing solo.

    • Uihf

      Would it be an iPad as well.

  • Alex K

    Oh man this looks GREAT! There's been so few good turn-based RPG's... Undercroft was one of my favorites. Looking forward to this!

  • Casimirsblake

    There simply aren't enough of these games being made any more.  This is a day-one purchase for me, and I cannot wait to play it.  Since From Software can't be bothered to make another King's Field, ANY first-person RPG like this is welcome, IMHO....