We're massive fans of Venan Entertainment, so much so that if I was into tattoos I'd probably have the Venan logo somewhere in my inevitable video game themed full sleeve, back collage, or somewhere else. Anyway, they're responsible for Space Miner which was our iPhone Game of the Year last year. Unfortunately, even though we went nuts over the game it didn't achieve the kind of commercial success it needed, which seems to be a similar sad song we hear with way too many great iOS games. So, while a potential sequel has been relegated to the Venan back burner, Venan has been full steam ahead on their free to play RPG Book of Heroes.

There's massive amounts of customization, 75 unique quests, 25 feats, bosses, and loot galore among other things. Here's the first 20 minutes of gameplay courtesy of forum member Sanuku:

These kind of free to play RPG's can be a little difficult to get excited about, especially as more and more developers hop on the free to play bandwagon… But, Venan being attached to it definitely caught our eye and we'll be giving it a once over to prepare for its US launch in the not too distant future. For more details, check out the thread on our forums, and if you're a customer of the Canada, UK, or New Zealand App Store, you can download the game right now.

Canada, UK, and New Zealand App Store Link: Book of Heroes, Free

  • Anonymous

    looks like it should be fun, too bad its not on the ipad, maybe they'll incorporate it into a universal build (its tiny as it is) before rolling it out in the states.

    along with the obligatory "do you need some extra gold coins for only $9.99? what a bagin!".

    anyway, disappointed that space miner didn't do well, i bought both versions and enjoyed them greatly :(

    • Adams Immersive

      Me too. I got Space Miner, SM HD, and SM Blast. All great!

      One nice thing about the App Store is that, unlike old-school store shelves (or mail order), your product can remain in the store forever: and once in a while, a game makes it big even after it had been out for ages. SM deserves that!

  • Anonymous

    do canadian iPhones have a 1:1 aspect ratio?

  • Anonymous

    Space Miner was fun. So was Venan's Ninjatown game.

    This one looks like typical freemium drudgery to me.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, this looks like mega crap!

  • Briker Ed

    I would absolutely loved this type of game back in the 90's when I could read tons of text and be drawn into the world, much like reading a book. Sadly, that's not the case any more. I'm sure I might be missing on a neat little gem here, but I don't think I have the patience or the enthusiasm I had as a kid for these. Or maybe I just played too many RPGs and am very hard to please (I still hold Daggerfall one of the closest RPGs of all time to my heart though). Also, I need a bigger visual stimulus now than just mostly static screens.

    • Jonathan Morris

      Just wanted to chime in... honestly there is not too much reading to be done. This isn't King of Dragon Pass here. Each quest has a short 4-5 sentences to read through, and each story arc lasts through 3 or so quests.. so the time investment isn't huge in reading. But I can't argue with your comment on visual stimulus. Either you like the minimal card-based menu graphics or you don;t.. I tend to like this, and I also have Aralon on my phone for when I'm looking for a graphically superior story-poor game.

  • Anonymous

    I think the game looks like it could be interesting -- don't mind the static monsters, but what's with the "Rats in the Cellar" first quest? I think I've played like a half dozen RPGS who first quest was a rat problem .... in the cellar.

  • Andy Nguyen

    This is why it's free: IT SUCKS!!!! why peoples would bothering making these kind of craps?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Quickmix Frank Quickmix Hassas

    Can't wait to play it!

  • Aaron Reibin

    Based on this article I downloaded the game.  I love it.  I am just beginning but for me I think this app is going into my Daily Play Folder!  For once I am glad I am Canadian and have access to this.  Thanks for the artcle