Old-school first-person dungeon crawler RPGs have seen something of a rebirth in recent years, like the critically acclaimed Legend of Grimrock which hit PC earlier this year (and is hopefully still coming to iOS) which brought the gameplay of classics like Dungeon Master and Eye of the Beholder to a new audience with modern trappings.

The App Store has been home to some winners as well, like Undercroft [Free], Descend RPG [$1.99], and the expansive adventure The Quest [$4.99 / Free].

Get ready to add another to the list, as developer Eric Kinkead is wrapping up work on his own take on the old-school RPG called QuestLord. It’ll feature what you’d typically expect from this kind of game, including plenty of quests, a ton of items and weapons, and turn-based combat. Check out the trailer.

What really struck me about QuestLord is how it looks so tailored to the iPhone. Sure, half a screen of UI isn’t the most attractive thing in the world, but I love games you can play with just one hand, and the window of gameplay above fits well with the old-school inspiration and the sweet pixel graphics.

If QuestLord looks like the kind of thing that will float your old-school RPG boat, look for it to hit later this summer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=581599010 David Luchetti

    ... Questlove?

  • Santiago Ontanon

    Wohoo!! Really looking forward to this! It brings back memories of such classics as Bloodwych, Bard's Tale or the early Might&Magic games!

  • cosmicrob

    Definitely giving me Bard's Tale flashbacks from the 80's. Might have to pick this one up.

  • famousringo

    Good interface: Check.
    Proper mapping system: Check.

    Yep, I'm on board.

  • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

    Looks like fun

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YVFVDY4FULLQ5CQMPH557DOOW4 E

    Looks awesome, can't wait to play it! 🙂

  • http://twitter.com/BrightWaveGames calvin

    Finally!...I Love retro styled games. 

  • jchamplain

    This looks great! I can't wait.

  • http://twitter.com/SKStudiosLLC S.K. Studios

    Sweeeeet!  Can't wait!

  • DCver3

    Oh....my....gawd....must have this game.

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  • Quickmix

    Instant Buy for me 🙂

  • http://profiles.google.com/pritchettdavid David Sheldon Pritchett

    I encourage everyone to give Undercroft a go as well, if you're a fan of the old Eye of the Beholder series.  That game is a true love letter to that series.  I got the app when it cost money.. and I didn't regret a penny.  Now that it's free.. it's a no brainer.

    • Fabiano Morais

      Thank you for the heads up regarding Undercroft. Just got it and it plays wonderfully well.

  • GSJ1977

    Call me a graphics whore but I'll never understand how gamers can even tolerate (let alone like) games that look this bad. Even if it's done on purpose, it's still fugly!

    • http://twitter.com/nrathaus Noam Rathaus

      It is a matter of weights and balances, some people rather have a good game play, idea, concept, style, story than cool graphics - it is not necessarily as bad as you say, remember if you have a good game you can spend 20-30min playing does it really matter if the graphics is bad?

      • GSJ1977

        Well, yeah, it does to me. I'd rather have (just for example) an antialiased wireframe hallway and monsters represented by clean, crisp symbols, than look at those frickin awful sprites. Presentation doesn't have to be state if the art, it just needs a little pride and effort put into it.

      • Fabiano Morais

        Yeah, because pixel art is completely effortless and those people don't have any pride left. How dare they work with pixels, PIXELS in this day and age! Burn in hell, you pixel loving twats! :rooleyes:

      • GSJ1977

        Ah, sarcasm.

    • Blabber Flappystein

      Don't worry about it, we'll never understand why people such as yourself call graphics like these "bad".

  • http://www.erickinkead.com Eric Kinkead

    I would like to extend a sincere THANK YOU for all of your kind comments and inspiration towards my 'Classic CRPG styled' game that I have been working so hard on.    The enthusiasm is truly uplifting, inspiring and validating!  For more information visit the website at www.questlord.com and watch the 1st video to see it in action!  Please feel free to Share, RT, and spread the word with others who would enjoy this type of game.   You have truly made this labor of love so worth it!  

  • Fabiano Morais

    Eric, I've just signed up for your page on Facebook to receive updates on the progress of the game -- I plan to get it day one. Congrats, it's shaping up quite nicely! Do you plan to make a Facebook page just for the game? It would be easier to share, since people tend to like liking things these days instead of visiting websites. 😛

    • http://www.facebook.com/eric.kinkead Eric Kinkead

      Thank you so much for the enthusiasm Fabiano!  And you are absolutely correct.  I need to get onto a Facebook Page asap!

  • volkan

    After reading this article, i gave a try to Undercroft and that was one of the best esperieces i've had on an iOS device. Game has a lot of usability problems but content and fun wise its one of the top games i played. Ios devices seems like a perfect fit for these type of games and probably i'll play quest lord when its out. And please...! someone..! port eye of the beholder 1-2-3 to ipad

  • http://www.erickinkead.com Eric Kinkead

    Hey Glad you want to check it out Volkan!  Getting on with phase 2 beta this weekend so it's coming down the pipe!  

    And Fabiano I finally was able to pull myself from development for a minute and got around to the Facebook Page.  I will be updating that page with information regarding the game and its progress.  Please share to those you think would be interested, I appreciate all the support!


  • http://www.erickinkead.com Eric Kinkead

    I finally got a chance to make a facebook page for the game!   Check it out, and please share.  Thanks again for the suggestion and support Fabiano!


  • Superatomic

    Eric what's happening...it's mid October now.. How's the progress?

  • DCver3

    So is this game still coming out?

  • grits

    The art is great. Games plays very well on iphone!

  • http://www.yepinkizi.com/ yepi kizi

    This looks great! i love it

  • http://www.playema.com PlayEma

    I remember few yeras ago when i played this exciting games, wonderful times 🙂