Quite a few stars have aligned to launch the TouchArcade Free Play initiative. Our first game we're going to be featuring is Crescent Moon Games' Aralon: Sword and Shadow HD [$4.99]. The two year anniversary of the game's original release is coming up and Crescent Moon is gearing up for the impending launch of Ravensword: Shadowlands- Another massive open-world RPG. Aralon provides a fantastic glimpse of what iOS devices are capable of, and according to everything we've seen, Ravensword: Shadowlands is taking this formula one step further.

We loved Aralon in our review, along with the whole backstory of the extreme makeover the game saw as soon as original creators Galoobeth Games teamed up with Crescent Moon. At the time of its original writing, the Aralon anticipation thread was the most trafficked thread in TouchArcade forum history.

I used to look at my iOS device as a small window into new worlds and fun experiences, and with Aralon I feel like I actually have a fully realized living and breathing universe sitting snugly in my pocket.

Aralon features over 30 hours of gameplay, and an incredibly depth character creation system complete with multiple races and classes- Each with their own unique skill trees. Accompanying the main story quest is tons of optional side quests to complete, hundreds of items to acquire, faction systems, crafting systems, and mounts ranging from basic horses to epic dragons.


To sweeten the deal further, online save game syncing allows you to bring your character with you across multiple devices. Additionally, because it was released in 2010, the game runs well on basically every iOS device out there, and has only gotten better on newer hardware which has allowed for rock solid frame rates and Retina Display graphics.

We hope you enjoy Aralon: Sword and Shadow as much as we have over the years. It's an incredibly solid start to the TouchArcade Free Play program, and serves as an excellent benchmark for what to expect in future Free Play titles. We'd like to thank Crescent Moon Games for agreeing to participate in this inaugural Free Play.

Aralon is going to be free for a very limited time, so be sure to grab it, tell your friends, and have fun playing it.

To read more about the TouchArcade Free Play program, check out our introductory post: Introducing TouchArcade Free Play - Get Amazing Games for Free where we lay out what it takes to be a Free Play game, and how often you should expect to see awesome freebies. To stay on top of future TouchArcade Free Play titles, bookmark http://toucharcade.com/freeplay and download the TouchArcade app [Free] to get push notifications of when they go live!

  • poorwealthyman

    Holy hell! A great start, indeed. I never got round to buying this, as I've never been good at the 'upgrading players magic and weapons' etc. but I will certainly try it out for free. I look forward to Ravensword sequel, as I could just about manage with the first one!

    Thanks all.

  • http://twitter.com/Rage_boi Vince

    Bought it when it 1st came out and was rather impressed by the scope of the game. That said..I immediately noticed the lack of lore/plot/chars in the game which robbed me of a lot of motivation to complete the game. I still managed to finished it though and I can say it is definitely rather impressive for a mobile game.

    I think this Toucharcade free play idea is a great one since the toucharcade community mostly comprises of more erm..ardent/serious mobile gamers who are able to provide really constructive feedback and reviews.

  • http://www.facebook.com/billy.green.9828 Billy Green

    I see that the game has IAP. Are the necessary to enjoy and complete the game?

    • http://www.facebook.com/JonDavidMorris Jonathan Morris

      Not necessary. Full game is accessible without IAPs.

      • jindofox

        Isn't it a shame that we have to ask that question every time a developer puts up what amounts to a "tip jar" like that? Down with pay-to-win. The game stands alone without it.

    • poorwealthyman

      No... If you read the article about TA free play scheme, you'll see that they get decent full games without turning it into a rip off scam that suddenly requires IAP. TouchArcade don't get any financial gain from this.

  • slikaroo

    Awesome!!! What a way to start.

  • elmy86

    Thank you, it's agood start

  • curtisrshideler

    Great first one guys. I've already got it, but if anyone is reading this and on the fence about it, get it! Totally worth $7, and an awesome steal at nothing!

  • digitalphil

    Wow...feel guilty getting a game like this free. I think wraithborne is worth a look. I think this is a great 1st freeplay so I HAD to leave a comment.

  • FlipBeef97

    I payed $0.99 for this game.......... 🙁

  • Benjamin Rodriguez

    Yes, I have also already have purchased the game. But it's a full fledged game, as impossible as that might seem for an ios game. Graphics are about elder scrolls 3ish, gameplay is great. Thanks to the devs for this gift of the holidays. Even though it's not holiday related :P. For free - there is no question. At least try the game, and hopefully in appreciation, give ravensword: shadowlands a look, great dev, pushing out great games.

  • Cynn

    Thanks guys! I'm looking forward to trying this.

  • gryphonofmight

    I just got it. Getting it for free is way too good to pass up.

    • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

      2nd on this -- I skipped it when it came out b/c it's not exactly my thing. I probably would've jumped immediately if it had multiplayer or 'party tactics'.
      Anyway, I installed & played & thought, "Pretty cool." Then I deleted it, b/c even free it ain't my thang.
      But thanks to Dev's & TA for giving me a chance to check it out.
      IMO *all games* should consider having some "free to play" version so people who are undecided can get a sense of if this would be their thing.

  • http://twitter.com/PrayForDeath Pray For Death

    Finished this a while ago on my ipad 3. It's a decent rpg, but it suffers from absolutely horrible draw distance.

  • Gamer_Kev

    I got this when it came out, one of the best western style RPGs you can get on iOS, so if you don't have it, I highly recommend taking advantage of this and grabbing it. I've run this game without any problems on my iPod Touch 3 and iPad 1. I've also installed it on my iPod Touch 5, but haven't played it much on that device yet, but it seems to run fine.

  • tj price

    Love Love Love this Game!; bought it a while back and played it 5 times though! Super fun. Almost like having an elderscrolls game on your phone.

    Can't wait for RavenSword:Shadowlands too! (Just downloaded the amazing pre-release soundtrack)

  • Thiago

    Free For a Limited time, Fieldrunners 2 (iPhone version) it would be a dream come true... Who agrees?