Heads up pen and paper role-playing enthusiasts or just anyone looking for a quirky new adventure: you're going to want to check out Knights of Pen & Paper [$4.99] which is currently free for the first time ever. Originally releasing this past October, Knights of Pen & Paper is more about the theme of classic pen and paper role-playing games rather than trying to be a digital recreation of it. It's literally a game about people playing a game, and it's full of self-referential humor and references to the world of video games that will bring many a smile to your face.

Knights of Pen & Paper doesn't ever take itself too seriously, and has an abundance of personality and charm throughout, which are big reasons why we enjoyed it so much in our review. There's also a challenging battle system and more quests than you can shake a stick at, all jammed into a tight little package that feels very well-suited to the mobile gaming platform. It can be a tad grindy at times and the quests aren't always the most creative, but these are minor shortcomings compared to all the things that Knights of Pen & Paper does really well.

You don't have to be a diehard role-player – in analog or digital form – to get a ton of enjoyment out of Knights of Pen & Paper, and for free it's definitely in no-brainer territory. Grab it and check it out, and don't be surprised if its charms win you over. Also be sure to hit up our forums to talk strategies and hear new information straight from the developers.

  • danny31004

    Thanks! I love these "freebie" alerts!

    • MrSHakerEsq

      How about we all start to love the work of our hard pressed developers and support them by throwing them a few cents instead of trying to cash-in on freebies alerts.

      • ParkSeungGi

        Hmmm... What about poor people who can't afford buying apps?

      • Ragnar Dragonfyre

        You can afford an iPhone (and a monthly wireless) or iPad but can't afford to pay a couple bucks for a game?

        Something's not right here...

      • MrSHakerEsq

        Well said. Developers don't develop apps and games as a charity as they have their own families to feed. So it's incredulous to believe that some posters on here expect to pick them up for free. If you can't afford to buy an app and throw the developer a few cents then you seriously need to get a better job, and life.

      • trickydigits

        Really? You're knocking people for downloading a game that the developer has chosen to make free? It's not like they're pirating it.

      • MrSHakerEsq

        If people bought the game instead of hanging out for freebies then the developer would not have to drop the price of his game one cent just to spark interest. If you honestly like the sound and review of a game then buy it and support the developers, who are then more likely to write more apps. Not brain science is it?

      • Trogador

        Most of the freebies I've downloaded have IAP. Surely we can show our support through that?

      • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

        I did not IAP this game, but I did pay for it. If you were to buy IAP to support, just put in $3 or so? Sounds like a fair move.

      • trickydigits

        News flash, game developers intentionally make games for free as part of a multi tiered plan to not only promote their game, but their company. They drop game prices to get more attention from sites like ta which draws more players who potentially rate the app high. This in turn will boost their top app purchase ranking, which then draws attention to their company and better chances of attracting return customers for future games. The reason for this is because of the many types of iOS gamers out there. Maybe someone is new to iPhones and stumbled upon this article. Maybe someone isn't an rpg fan and this is a good way to try it out for no cost. Maybe some people are developer loyal and won't try any new game unless its from a maker of a previous game that they enjoyed. The point is that not everyone is here to "cash in" on a freebie, and to generalize everyone who does is for a lack of a better term, stupid. If you think the developers dropped the price because they "have to", then you really don't know much about business.

      • MrSHakerEsq

        But the OP has absolutely nothing to do with someone stumbling upon this news article, nor has it to do with anyone tipping their toe into RPG's. It has all to do with someone stalking the boards and news sites waiting for freebies alerts, hence his 'love' of this news. Behaviour akin to Vultures in the wild.

        Throw the developers a few cents and lets support them and this industry.

      • trickydigits

        How do you know he was stalking the site? I've never heard of this game until I got the alert myself. To assume ones motives over one sentence is silly. Again, blaming people for getting a game that the creator chose to make free reeks of trolling. I stand by my point that making games free is still profitable and people who don't take advantage of an offer purposely made by the developer is only hurting that developer more. If we were talking about people getting free apps through jailbreak, then I see your point. But not when it's a practice that all developers use to grow their brand.

      • MrSHakerEsq

        Well people usually stalk what they desire and the OP clearly states that they 'love these freebie alerts'. This simple phrase and choice of words implies that they are well versed in the monitoring and sourcing of freebies. I stand by my belief that you only get the games and industry that you deserve, and if we all refused to financially support developers like the OP in all his glee then it will be the worse for us.

      • ianlogsdon

        Vultures evolved to fill a biological niche, they utilize a food source that is neglected by other large animals, your characterization of them as somehow morally inferior is ridiculous. Hawks and Eagles are far crueler than any vulture.

      • danny31004

        So you think you know me that well huh?
        People like you need to be ignored.

      • sturgeonslaw

        Yeah, you just made a fool of yourself. With how much I pay for these games it's nice to get a free one every now and then.

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      • monoclespectacle

        I bet you give money to every musician you've heard on the street. I bet you've bought every single art piece you've ever come across. I bet you've never ever copied a tv show or album in your entire life.

        Okay ride is over, time to come off the high horse.

      • Cheeseball

        Your analogy makes no sense to his argument whatsoever. And there are a lot of people who have fulfilled those points, except change the second point to "... art piece you were interested in ..." because it's plain stupid to buy every single art piece you come across.

      • monoclespectacle

        I'll admit it was made in haste but the loose tie -in is that just throwing money at entertainment is dumb.

        Not every dev is starving. Does the OP know the dev? How does he know that the game wasn't put up for free because the app exceeded the dev expectations?

        And for reference I too was on the fence about this one. Now that I was able to play and enjoy the art form, I spent a buck on IAP. I understand its not much but oddly enough if it hadn't gone free the dev wouldn't have got jack from me.

      • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

        This is just snarky.

      • SporadicMovement

        Not everyone has the extra cash to constantly buy iTunes cards.

      • Mj1ggy

        You can always download games for free and then if you like them, shell out a few bucks for IAP as a thank you to the developers.

  • Denzalo

    Picked it up last night, then proceeded to play it for 3 hours. It's pretty good!

  • WarMachine

    This is an excellent RPG game. Better than anything else on the AppStore.

  • Marvin

    As soon as I seem this went free (had it on watch list) I grabbed it. I have to say, I was a bit reserved, even though I was really interested, and I definitely like this game

  • Karzay

    Pen and paper still costs money?!! And yet this game entertains me and it's free? I think I'm going to have to wait until pen and paper drops in price...

  • 12yam

    Lamest article title ever

  • reweblind

    Though it pains me to see a very good game, which has consumed my phone battery daily hehe go free, IMHO it deserves more recognition and attention. I tip my hat to the devs. This game has a lot of old school rpg love πŸ™‚ hope after this the devs release the expansion story/pack. I have yet to finish _______, still grinding to level 40+ πŸ˜›

  • http://www.facebook.com/ted.rampersad.3 Ted Rampersad

    I dont know why there always have to be a fight about someone being glad that a game goes free. People need to appreciate more than always looking for a argument. Grate game... still working my way up to level 40+

  • Vegita

    Great game!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=674642650 Jim Wilson

    Bought this when it came out and played it constantly for a few days. Great fun and very funny. It has stayed on the hard drive awaiting replay when i'm in the mood. I love retro!

  • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

    Just to comment on the game, not the free vs pay controversy -- I was hoping for replayability b/c you can unlock classes w/playthru. BUT ... I don't like the other classes at all. Initial classes are best combined, IMO.

    I think this game is pretty cool -- funny, quirky, hilarious 'races' (ie people) & funny scenarios.
    BUT it's flawed also, namely: "fight rats, go to shop. Fight spiders, go to shop. Fight people, go to shop. Fight monsters, go to shop."
    At least it has monster drop stuff. And the 'skill tree' actually has some strategy choice potential there. (*DRUID* is key, btw.)

    Last point -- I think I might've replayed the game fully if there was an 'auto combat' option. I think this could be added and the game would be *significantly* improved.

  • reweblind

    Shaman + hunter for great gold farming πŸ˜‰

  • http://www.onebagtravel.com/ OneBagTravel

    With devs not providing a demo, this is the only way to really know if a game is fun. Sure you can see reviews online but htey are only a snapshot of the gameplay. Sometimes the freebies are needed.

    • danny31004

      It gives people a chance to try out the game, and do love it when a game goes free. There are too many games/developers and it's hard to find a decent game. You can't support every single one of them. Unless you are RICH =P