Category Archives: Role-Playing

It used to be a sure thing that every Kemco game would go on sale several times a year for $0.99. That situation seems to have changed, likely because of their spreading out to PC and consoles along with the sheer volume of apps they have available already. They could discount as many as a dozen at a time several times a year and you'd still see some of their games only go on sale once a year or so. Now, whether you want every Kemco game is a whole other question, but if you do, it's probably better to grab them when they do go on sale these days. With all that said, the prolific RPG publisher has 10 games on offer for their holiday sale this year, all priced down to $0.99...

The Quest [$7.99] is the mobile RPG gift that just keeps on giving, and 2016 has been a particularly great year for its fans. We started off the year with the first new expansion in quite some time, the Celtic-flavored Cursed Stone [$2.99]. All the iPad owners who had been pining for a native version of The Quest got their wish in late July with the release of The Quest HD [$7.99], which developers Redshift kindly made available as a universal app scant weeks later. In mid-September, an HD version of The Quest's first expansion, Islands of Ice and Fire [$4.99], was released. Late October saw the long-awaited release of an Android version of The Quest, and it looks like we're closing out the year with yet another expansion to the original version of The Quest from Zarista Games...




RPG Reload File 099 - 'Joe Dever's Lone Wolf'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we do it all for Sommerlund and the Kai! Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's doing in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As one of the last remaining Kai Lords, I try to choose a balanced selection of games from week to week. If you feel I'm missing something important, however, you can let me know by posting in the comments below, stopping by the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. The schedule is planned well in advance, so I can't promise you'll see your suggestion soon, but I will add it to the master list...

RPG Reload Developer Spotlight 003 - Kepa Auwae from RocketCat Games

It's time for the next installment in our monthly series of articles looking at the developers and publishers behind some of our favorite games. The aim here is for you readers to get a sense of the person, so the tone is more conversational than we usually use in interviews here at TouchArcade. it's also not necessarily about the games themselves, either. Basically, we'll kick off and see where the conversation takes us. This month, we're speaking to Kepa Auwae of RocketCat Games. Things get pretty zany here, so pack your sense of humor, friends...

In March of last year, Kalypso Media released a refreshing take on the roguelike genre with Crowntakers [$3.99 (HD)]. By taking elements from turn-based strategy RPGs and blending in some of the most popular elements of roguelikes, they created an experience that was more than the sum of its parts. Also, by including two difficult levels, one where you could take your characters and experience levels with you game to game and one that was truly permadeath and caused you to start completely over upon death, Crowntakers appealed to a wide audience of gamers. We loved it in our review and really the only problem was that Crowntakers was an iPad-only game, limiting the amount of people who could play it. Well, that's no longer going to be the case as Kalypso has announced that Crowntakers will be receiving iPhone support this coming January. Here's how the game will look on the iPhone...

'Exiled Kingdoms RPG' Review - Chop 'til You Drop

I usually try to stay on top of the various RPGs that come out from week to week, but every once in a while, something good slips past. Fortunately, the TouchArcade forums are pretty reliable about finding the things we happen to miss, and that's just how I came across Exiled Kingdoms [Free], a surprisingly excellent action-RPG in the vein of Diablo. While it's not the prettiest game around, it offers dozens of hours of killing monsters, looting dungeons, and gathering awesome gear. Just in case you need some convincing, the game even offers a substantial portion to play for free, with the rest unlocking for a one-time IAP...

'Nexomon' Is a Creature-Catching Game With Over 300 Critters to Collect, Coming Early 2017

Pokemon has taken over the lives of many over the course of 2016. Firstly, Pokemon GO [Free] came along and converted the lives of both grannies and gamers into a perpetual creature hunt for what felt like all summer, and while you may not find as many people roaming the streets in backwards baseball caps in these winter months, the game is still dominating the App Store charts to this day. More recently, Pokemon Sun and Moon dropped for 3DS, and some incredibly impressive sales figures suggest the monster hunting series is as strong as ever. However, without a traditional Pokemon release on the App Store as of yet, many developers have attempted to fill this electric mouse-shaped void on iPhone, and Nexomon is the most recent attempt at stepping into Game Freak's shoes. In a similar vein to Micromon [$0.99], Nexomon features a whole host of colorful creatures to collect and numerous different environments to find them in, and the early reveal trailer shows a lot of promise for when the game releases early next year...

Look, I love my hardcore math battles as much as the next person, but sometimes it's nice to get something a little lighter. It can be hard to find an RPG that skates the line between simplicity and complexity well, but that's just the spot that Witch Spring 2 [$3.99] fits into. With an emphasis on crafting, exploration of a limited map, and simple turn-based battles, it's probably not going to be to everyone's tastes. It also leans rather heavily on a cute anime style that is obviously going to resonate with some and turn off others. And yet, there's a lot of heart to the effort, and its innocent enthusiasm can be a little infectious. It's certainly a nice break from the usual template we see in this genre, if nothing else...

RPG Reload File 098 - 'Blazing Souls Accelate'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we use all of our work points searching for where to go next. Each installment, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the present day. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall scheme of things, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. I try to present a balanced diet of delicious RPGs as we go along, but if you think I'm missing something important, please let me know. You can do that by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. Since the schedule is drawn up well in advance, you might not see your suggestion soon, but it will be added to the master list...

'Demon's Rise 2: Lords of Chaos' Review - And Now, the Other Side of the Coin

More than ever before, a game review these days is often little more than a snapshot of a work in progress. Developers are rarely finished with games just because they've launched, and in certain cases, so much is added after the fact that whatever I thought at a game's release no longer fits terribly well. A fine example of that is Demon's Rise [$4.99], the debut SRPG from developer Wave Light Games. Wave Light worked hard on balancing the game, adding lots of content, and implementing features, taking it far beyond what was in the initial release. In fact, the developer recently updated it again, and will be doing more in the future. It's great, but it also presents something of a challenge when it comes to a follow-up...

'Avadon 3: The Warborn' for iPad Review - A Worthy Conclusion to the Avadon Trilogy

Jeff Vogel's Avernum and Avadon games are some of the best computer RPGs (CRPG) that you can get on iOS. All of them have tons of content with an excellent balance of story-based and open-world options and their respective tales are pretty compelling as well. While Avernum has technically been complete for awhile, Avadon was still a work in process with the final game in the trilogy released on PC earlier this year. Thankfully, Avadon 3: The Warborn [$11.99 (HD)] is finally out on iOS too, completing the Avadon series on the iPad with yet another absolutely amazing CRPG...

The long-awaited release of Avadon 3: The Warborn HD [$11.99 (HD)] brings with it both excitement for yet another excellent fully fledged RPG from Spiderweb Software, but also a sense of sadness. Avadon 3 marks the end of an engrossingly epic trilogy of titles that have been the benchmark for storytelling and strategy games on mobile, and as a conclusion to the Avadon series has a lot to live up to. The previous entry, Avadon 2: The Corruption [$9.99 (HD)], was lauded in our review back in April 2014, and the original Avadon: The Black Fortress HD [$9.99 (HD)] received similarly positive plaudits from the press, as well as an extensive dissection by Shaun in the RPG Reload series of articles; early impressions of Avadon 3 from its earlier PC release in September suggest that it lives up to the lofty heights of its predecessors. After quite a prolonged wait, and after a minor delay to the iOS release, Avadon 3: The Warborn HD is finally available to download for the iPad, but be prepared to part with a hefty $11.99 to do so - a premium price tag for an unequivocally premium RPG experience that is in relatively short supply on the App Store...

It is exceedingly unlikely that Square Enix will ever make another Final Fantasy Tactics [$13.99 / $15.99 (HD)] game, at least in the traditional sense. I don't say that to be a wet blanket, it's just the way that it is. The series that seemingly introduced so many Western console players to strategy RPGs, a genre which has recently seen a serious boom in popularity worldwide, has apparently rode off into the night with its creator, Yasumi Matsuno. The weak reception to the third game in the series, Final Fantasy Tactics A2, probably didn't help matters, and without Matsuno at Square Enix to champion for it, the publisher looks to have lost interest in the brand. There were a couple of free-to-play browser games that didn't really go anywhere, but I suspect that's not the sort of thing that series fans are looking for anyway. What to do?..

Square Enix Have Announced 'Bravely Default: Fairy's Effect', to Be Released on Smartphones in 2017

With so many Square Enix titles being announced for iOS as of late, it's understandable that some fans may harbor some lingering doubts about whether they'll live up to the publisher's well deserved reputation on their transition to mobile devices. However, the most recent announcement is one that should make even the most skeptical of cynics excited - Square Enix and Silicon Studio have announced that Bravely Default: Fairy's Effect is coming to smartphones sometime in 2017. While there aren't too many other details announced, the fact that this new Bravely Default game is coming from the developers of the critically acclaimed 3DS series suggests this newest Square Enix title may be significantly more substantial than some of the publisher's recent efforts on mobile, and if it's even half as good as the games it takes its name from, we're certainly in for a treat here...

RPG Reload Developer Spotlight 002 - Neil Rennison from Tin Man Games

It's time for the next installment in our monthly series of articles looking at the developers and publishers behind some of our favorite games. The aim here is for you readers to get a sense of the person, so the tone is more conversational than we usually use in interviews here at TouchArcade. It's also not necessarily about the games themselves, either. Basically, we'll kick off and see where the conversation takes us. This month, we're speaking to Neil Rennison of Tin Man Games, the developer behind many of the finest gamebooks on the App Store...

Obsidian continues to give us more Pathfinder Adventures [Free] content, and this time around we are getting Deck 5. Update 1.1.5, which should be dropping soon, is adding Sings of the Saviors to the game, and it looks great. This new deck adds 5 new scenarios, 3 new locations, new maps, new loot, new legendary rewards, and new mechanics to the game, like Rimeskull with the Sihedron Circle Location. As the update blog points out, this is a great new mechanic that should entertain players quite a bit. One of the scenarios includes a huge dragon, Arkrhyst, that hits everyone with a breath weapon even before combat begins. There's also a scenario that comes with three villains, and they look fun to take on. Apparently, each time you defeat one of those villains, the others get more difficult to beat...

'SteamWorld Heist' Review - Stealing Hearts and Minds Around the Galaxy

Last year, I was asked to participate in voting for some dedicated handheld Game of the Year awards. When it came time to submit my votes for the Nintendo 3DS, my list had many of the expected choices on it. There was Capcom's Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, and Atlus's Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker. But among these franchise games from some of the industry's biggest names, I had also included a download-only title from a relatively small developer. Moreover, I had put it at the top of my list. With exclamation points. And maybe some hearts. That game was SteamWorld Heist [$9.99], an outstanding strategy game from Swedish game studio Image & Form. The game has since released on a number of platforms, and its latest stop is on iOS...

If you're a strategy game fan, this week has been showering riches on you. The classic Rome: Total War [$9.99] made its appearance on iPad and appears to be in fine form. The quirky, creative, and all-around excellent Steamworld Heist [$9.99] seemingly dropped out of nowhere. Well, I hope you kept room on your plate, because the turn-based party isn't over yet. Demon's Rise 2: Lords of Chaos [$7.99], the latest strategy RPG from Wave Light Games hadn't appeared by the time we did our weekly round-up post last night, but it showed up not long after. If you're looking for a game to scratch your Final Fantasy Tactics itch, you'll probably want to check it out...

Okay, we're at a point now where it's highly unlikely many mobile gamers are itching for another roguelite. It's proven to be a popular genre on mobile, which means everyone, their uncle, and their uncle's cat has released some kind of variation on the time-honored theme. 1-Bit Rogue [Free], from Kan Kikuchi and popular Japanese indie developer Skipmore, is the latest to give it the old college try, and while it's a pretty fun game, I'm not sure it has much to say to anyone looking for something to perk up the genre. It does all the things well that Skipmore usually excels at: the retro-style presentation feels authentic, there are fun unlockables, and it's an easy game to come to grips with. If nothing else, that makes it worth checking out for a game or three...

Square Enix have truly mastered the 'throw as many games as you can at the wall and hope one of them sticks' App Store release technique, as it feels like there isn't a week where at least one game from the Japanese development behemoth doesn't roll out on iPhone. While some are unreserved successes, such as the GO series of games and the majority of Final Fantasy spin-offs, there are some other releases that simply don't cut it for reasons that are normally related to ridiculous free-to-play models that simply don't work in practice. Guardian Cross [Free] was one such game, and even though its freemium mechanics were lambasted in our review back in 2012, the game went on to garner an impressive international fanbase through an interesting amalgamation of RPG and FPS elements with the card collecting genre. Today, Square have launched the newest game in the Guardian series titled Guardian Codex [Free], and while still retaining the obligatory timers you'd expect from such a release, it appears the gameplay has transitioned to a more traditional style of play, and hopefully will be a marked improvement on the original title...

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