Category Archives: Role-Playing

For the past few years, Mad Otter Games have been offering a truly cross-platform MMO experience for mobile gamers in the form of Villagers & Heroes [Free]. For a long time it was only available on PC and Android, but it did finally come to iOS back in February and allowed players to play seamlessly across all three platforms. What it lacked in fancy graphics it certainly has made up for in terms of the sheer number of things you can do in the game, and how well it all works across a pretty wide variety of devices. It's a very old-school sort of MMO experience, but that seems to be what players love about Villagers & Heroes. Last year Mad Otter released a huge update called the Starfall Expansion which significantly reworked huge portions of the game including the combat. Now with the iOS release behind them, they're working on the game's next big update which will focus more on the social areas of the game...

It was way back in December of 2015 that Implosion - Never Lose Hope [$9.99] developer Rayark unveiled their visually stunning upcoming game Sdorica, but in reality the game has been in the works for even longer than that, 4 years to be exact. Now after a somewhat lengthy soft-launch period, and with more than 2 million people already pre-registering for the game, Sdorica -sunset- [Free] is finally launched globally in the App Store today. It's been a long time coming! Right from the moment we first saw Sdorica, we've been impressed with its striking visuals, colorful cast of characters, and fluid animations. Coupled with a killer soundtrack and animated cutscenes, Sdorica is quite the looker, as you can see in the global launch trailer...




If you've ever found yourself playing an RPG and thinking to yourself how much you enjoy moving a character around simple maps, winning battles by pushing the fight button, and skipping through a banal trope-laden story, but wishing that it didn't take so darned much time and thinking to beat, has Kemco got the game for you. Archlion Saga [Free] is a super-simplified JRPG, and when I say super-simplified I mean that it makes Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest look like Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne. But it's not ashamed of this fact at all. The game trumpets its brevity and low difficulty as key features, a sort of relief from the usual overly-long game that ends up thrown in a pile of unfinished purchases. It's not a concept I'm opposed to, but Kemco doesn't pull it off very well...

Imagine getting trapped inside a video game and the only way to get out is to beat it. Yeah, that would be pretty bad news considering all the stats that indicate people don't generally finish the games they buy. But that conceit made the Sword Art Online light novel and anime series awfully popular, and it's front and center in the latest mobile game based on that franchise, Sword Art Online: Integral Factor [Free]...

'Marvel Strike Force' Guide - How to Assemble a Great Team for Free

Marvel Strike Force [Free] is the kind of game that you would have assumed already existed. It's a turn-based strategy RPG that has you gather five Marvel superheroes, villains, or in some cases, a mixture of both, and pit them against the teams of other players (asynchronously, alas) or waves of AI opponents from the movies and comics. If comparisons are more your thing, it's a lot like Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes except with Marvel characters and by a different developer, FoxNext Games. Even if you've never played that game, chances are you've played something similar on mobile and Marvel Strike Force won't be extremely difficult for you to grasp...

'Fighting Fantasy Classics' Review - A Doorway to Adventure

Although they've been branching out in some big ways in recent years, Tin Man Games is still best known for one thing: digital gamebooks. Whether wholly original works like their Gamebook Adventures series or adaptations of physical books like the Fighting Fantasy line, Tin Man's gamebooks generally have featured excellent presentation while remaining quite faithful to the paperbacks that inspired them. They've released quite a few such titles on mobile, but it's been a little while since the last one came out. Fighting Fantasy Classics [Free] is Tin Man's return to digital versions of traditional gamebooks, and what a comeback it is...

Watch 'Harry Potter' Actors, Fans Get Hype About 'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery'

We're still not 100 percent sure when Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is going to be gracing our phones and tablets, though it's already made it's first cautious inroads toward release. In the meantime, Jam City has been doing an excellent job keeping the hype train to the Wizarding World fully fueled so we can all hop on at Platform 9 3/4 when the time arrives...

'Evoland 2' Review: Let's do the Timewarp Again

Shiro Games isn't the type of game company to release tons of games that are broad reaching and cover many genres. This is kind of weird because in order to be proficient at making a game like Evoland 2[$6.99], they have the chops to make a LOT of games. Unlike the original Evoland, the sequel fully explores several genres and manages a voice and a character all it's own. While the first Evoland really never fully pushed past the big names that it pays homage to, Evoland 2 will draw you in and make you forget at times that it is in many ways an almanac of gaming nostalgia. Evoland 2 just recently released on iOS as a port from the PC version, and it is a really great way to play this enchanting game...

I've experienced a few games now from Magic Cube, and while they've always sounded interesting on paper, they never quite seem to come together like you would hope. Their latest, Mirror Land [$0.99], is a monster-collecting RPG built around a cute idea. The game uses your actual location and allows you to summon monsters based on that information. The farther you are from where you first started up the game, the more interesting and unusual creatures you'll find. It's obviously inspired by Pokemon GO, but it works a little differently in practice. The game attached to that cool idea, on the other hand, is simultaneously the best I've played from this developer so far and yet still quite flawed...

The last year or so has been a bit of a drier spell than usual for mobile gamebook fans, and much of that can be attributed to the relative absence of new Tin Man Games releases. Facing an increasingly challenging market for this sort of game in the App Store, Tin Man took some time to try a few new ideas. There was the subscription-based story hub Choices That Matter [Free], a visual novel based on Miss Fisher [Free], and the board game-like Warlock of Firetop Mountain [$4.99]. Having stretched their legs a little, Tin Man is ready to come back to the gamebook format that the company was built on with Fighting Fantasy Classics [Free], now available in the App Store...

As promised, Beamdog have launched Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear [$9.99] in the iOS App Store today. Taking place between the original Baldur's Gate [$9.99], which launched back in 1998, and Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn [$9.99], which launched in 2000, Siege of Dragonspear is a brand new title bridging the gap between those two stories. It's built in the same Infinity Engine that was used on the original two Baldur's Gate games, lending it some old-school authenticity, but with some additional fixes and features that are along the lines of what Beamdog did with their Enhanced Edition remakes of the first two games. ..

Nintendo has been pretty good about updating its hit mobile title Fire Emblem Heroes [Free] on a near-monthly basis. Some of those updates are bigger than others, and one certainly gets the sense that the development team is having trouble finding dramatic new additions to put into the game without stretching things too far. Heck, the last update had an almost entirely unrelated rhythm game in it. Perhaps it's not surprising, then, that this month's update is a bit low-key compared to the last one. Still, regular players will probably be quite interested in what it offers...

'The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands' Review: It Only Takes a Spark

I have been cycling through a lot of games lately that have very busy interfaces and give explicit instructions on every aspect of the game. Through unskippable tutorials and heavy hand holding, it feels like these games force feed you the info they think you need to be convinced to not uninstall their app. Xigma Games latest offering, The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands [$3.99], is an effervescent tonic to the plague of over information we seem to be in the midst of. ..

The legend of Redshift's The Quest [$3.99] just continues to grow as today a new expansion called Macha's Curse [$2.99] has arrived for the game. The Quest is an old-school style grid-based first-person RPG that began on handheld computing devices more than a decade ago. When the iPhone (and iPod touch and iPad) arrived they presented a perfect home for the beloved series. Several years back developer Redshift set out to remake the game in high definition, and while the original app and its many, MANY expansions continue to exist in the App Store the "HD" versions are the ones that are now the focus of development. Previously available expansions like Island of Ice and Fire and Hero of Lukomorye have made the jump to HD as well, but as far as I can tell Macha's Curse is a brand new expansion that hasn't been released before...

The Best Dungeon RPGs for iPhone and iPad - A TouchArcade Ranking

Hello, gentle readers. Are you looking for a quick and easy list of recommendations for a particular genre of games? I'm hoping to help you out with these semi-regular rankings, carefully compiled and presented for your enjoyment. The topic this time around is the dungeon RPG genre, an admittedly weird label that requires additional explanation. I would love to call these dungeon crawlers, but that genre label gets messy and means different things to different people. What we're looking for here is the sub-genre of RPGs that follows in the footsteps of Wizardry, Might & Magic, Dungeon Master, and so on. These involve first-person exploration and are usually turn-based in nature. There aren't as many of them on iOS as you might expect! Nevertheless, there are definitely a handful you'll want to check out. Please note: this is not the final word, and your list can be (and probably is) different...

What to Do in 'Dissidia Final Fantasy OO' After You've Beaten It

So you've made it all the way to the end of Dissidia Final Fantasy OO [Free]. First off, congratulations. That means you've watched a ton of cutscenes and battled your way through all five chapters of the story so far, undoubtedly tackling plenty of optional quests along the way. Nevertheless, there's probably some stirring in some corner of the gamer part of your soul, wondering if that's all there is (or maybe the regular part of your soul too, if you're the existential part). The answer is no, because not only is there assuredly more to come on the story front — and if you've beaten what the game has laid out to date, you know that there's nothing close to a resolution to its epic tale — there's plenty to do while you wait for the developers to add more to the main quest line. If you want to keep playing, here's what you should be doing every day to make sure your characters are as well-prepared as they can be for what eventually lies ahead...

'Dragon Lapis' Review - Not Exactly a Gem

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On the one hand, Dragon Lapis [Free / $4.99] is a bog-standard Kemco RPG release, the sort they used to boot out the door on a near-monthly basis. The only novel thing here is that the game is played in the portrait orientation rather than landscape, a change that makes it resemble Square Enix's iOS Dragon Quest games in what I'm sure is a total coincidence. On the other hand, Kemco hasn't been booting these kinds of games out the door on mobile quite as often as they used to. No one really is, if we're being honest. If nothing else, that makes Dragon Lapis slightly more welcome than it might have been had it dropped in the middle of Kemco's more prolific past...

'Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition' Review - In Other Words, Final Fantasy 15

The very existence of Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition [Free] is both weird and fascinating. Final Fantasy 15 is the latest in the classic series of JRPGs. It launched last year on the latest home consoles, and on its face certainly didn't appear to be a good candidate for a mobile release. Maybe Final Fantasy 8 next for mobile players? Or even Final Fantasy 10? No, Square Enix clearly wanted mobile players to experience the story of the newest game in the series, and found a way to do just that. Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition is Final Fantasy 15… sort of. It's as though someone had the script and a pretty decent walkthrough of the original game and was told to remake it for mobile devices. Miraculously, it works...

Trends come and go on the App Store, this has always been the case. Some trends have been more enjoyable than others, as they ebb and flow with whatever big title is topping the charts at the time. But it seems a new trend is cooking in 2018: MMORPGs, with the charge being led by South Korea’s biggest names in a big way...

Dissidia Final Fantasy OO [Free] is the kind of game you can easily be sucked into for hours at a time if you like what it's giving you. Though loosely connected to the similarly named console fighting game, OO is as classic a Final Fantasy experience as we've seen on mobile, albeit one that has the usual free-to-play trappings and a selection of characters that spans decades of titles...

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