Earlier this morning, Eli and I spent some time with Zenonia 5 [Free]. If you've been under a rock, this is the latest iteration in a long-running RPG franchise with a bunch of old-school sensibilities. In the game, you play as a young adventurer charged with saving a kingdom from a vampire-looking dude. Along the way, you'll take a bunch of Collect [X] or Kill [X of X] missions and fiddle around with a complex skill tree full of powers.

We played the first 15 or so minutes of the game together. The footage doesn't really scratch the surface of the scenarios and places you'll see in the game, but we do think it'll give you a good heads up on the general feel of the game. If you've wanted to see more before you jumped in, this might do the trick:

  • http://twitter.com/spacecowgoesmoo Taylor Calderone

    I don't see how Zenonia can be considered 'old school', there was nothing similar at all in terms of gameplay until the MMO genre was invented.

    • Crystalmyst

      Completely agree. RPGs were far more thought out, even down to (and especially) the Zork days. The days those generic MMO grinding quests became popular was the day that the RPG genre took a downfall.
      As a game developer myself, I'm horrendously tempted to begin speccing out a zork-esque RPG. Plops you in the middle of nowhere with no direction, lots of ways to kill yourself and to screw up your score.
      Then completing the game will be rewarding for once.

  • John

    Would appreciate it if your reviews mention how readily these games can be beaten without IAP. I gave up on Zenonia 4 when in later levels it became a nonstop grindfest in order to advance without IAP.

  • http://twitter.com/klouud Timothy Polumbo

    Zen 1 and Zen 2 were pure awesome! I quit Zen 4 after 15 minutes because the game was obviously not playable without IAP's.

    Zen 5 has this going for it (after playing for 10minutes)
    1. Perfect multitasking - everything you would expect from multitasking, it does
    2. V-Stick is much better than old D-Pad - FINALLY!!
    3. Graphics - smooth as butter and crisp as a fresh box of Captain Crunch!

    I'm actually kinda excited about this one guys.

    • REkzkaRZ

      Until the IAP bombardment starts?

  • FlipBeef97

    Mine just crashes on startup... :(

  • guidobr

    I was awaring this app to release like 1 week after launching 4,i search everyday and its finnaly here ;).And was today that i didtn search,Thanks u TouchArcade!!

  • REkzkaRZ

    Also helpful would be a 'how constant or annoying is IAP'?

    I dloaded, played for 5 mins, then deleted. Just didnt wanna deal w/all the strange methods to push me to IAP virtual stuff.

  • pauldavidmerritt

    "...latest iteration..."? I think what TA means is 'latest irritation to the Zenonia franchise'. Game Dev's aren't making games anymore--they're more focused on 'cashing and racking' up the gamer's wallets with In App Purchases. It's easy money for them. And, they don't have to actually spend time on building a fully, well-developed game anymore. Stupid. Real stupid.

    Even worse--promoters/advertisers get paid to herd the gaming cattle farm and gamers pay developers to continue making easy money on under-done, dummy-load things they call GAMES.

  • pauldavidmerritt

    The reason it is not mentioned--They know most gamers will hate the IAP fest. Therefor, TA did their 'Heads up! Check this out' post, avoiding the huge downer with IAP. If gamers would learn that the more we buy IAP crud games, the more Developers will make them--just to take our money easily, without making full-fledged titles.

  • Scape3d

    I never played previous Zenonia games but I really want to dive into this one. It controls well and the art style is great. I'm hesitant to jump in though. All this talk about IAP and pay walls is scaring me off.

    I don't have a giant problem with IAP's as long as you can progress without them. How do they work in this game? Is it possible to play through the game without buying items?

  • Jason Kenneth

    All Zenonia games are the same. Fun for the first hour or so, then they turn into non-stop grinding. Don't be suckered into it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaron.marroquin.106 Aaron Marroquin

    Dredd!

  • http://twitter.com/Blastedw0lf4 Blastedw0lf4

    man screw Zenonia, WHAT ABOUT BASEBALL SUPERSTARS 2013 ?!?!
    BS2013>ZENONIA5 LETS GO GAMEVIL GET WITH THE PICTURE DAMMIT YOUR STARVING THE SPORTS RPGER ON THE IOS HERE MAN...PLEASE I NEED IT... lol.....

  • eesauq

    Later in the game, it is almost impossible to beat the bosses without IAP.