Category Archives: Role-Playing

Gumi Inc. announced at the end of August that they'd be bringing their ultra-popular Japanese strategy RPG For Whom The Alchemist Exists to the rest of the world under the name The Alchemist Code, and as promised the game is now available on both iOS and Android and will be available on the Amazon App Store tomorrow. Gumi describes the game as "A full-scale SRPG that features classic tactical elements, The Alchemist Code features easy-to-learn mechanics, a deep job and levelling system as well as gorgeously animated characters brought to life in the exciting world of Babel." Here's the launch trailer...

If you like high-stakes esports or just enjoy playing and seeing others play the hit game Summoners War [Free], then mark November 25th on your calendar because that's the day Summoners War World Arena Championship will take place. The best Summoners War players will make their way to the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles to find out who's the best of the best and, in the process, share $50,000, which isn't bad at all. 16 players will fight it out, and they come from pretty much across the world. Part of what I like about esports is precisely how global most of them are; it's fun seeing different styles clashing...




The RPG Reload Play-Along Bonus Edition: 'Solomon's Boneyard'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to a special bonus edition of the RPG Reload Play-Along. Each month, we'll be playing an iOS RPG together, sharing laughs and tears in equal measures. The post on the front page (like this one!) is basically here to announce the game in question and give a few tips on getting started. The real action will be happening in the TouchArcade forums, where you'll find a thread dedicated to each month's featured game. Sign up if you haven't already, post your screenshots, ask for advice, or just chat about your misadventures with others. We've got a great community of RPG fans here at TouchArcade, so let's make the most of it!..

'Final Fantasy Dimensions 2' Review - Neither Fish Nor Fowl, but Fun Anyway

Nothing can ever be straightforward when it comes to sequels and Square Enix, can it? Here we have Final Fantasy Dimensions 2 [$14.99], which is not a follow-up to the story or mechanics of Final Fantasy Dimensions [Free]. Instead, it's the sequel to an unrelated Japan-only free-to-play social RPG called Final Fantasy Legends, which was also the title Final Fantasy Dimensions went by in Japan. But it's not really a sequel so much as it is a remake. In fact, it's the second such attempt at remaking that game, but when they remade it the first time they added the number 2 to show how significant said update was. But that didn't seem to go over well either, so now here we are. Final Fantasy Dimensions 2 is a rebuilt premium version of a free-to-play social RPG, and if that sounds like that might be a tough thing to pull off, you're half-right...

It was just about a year ago that Square Enix announced a proper sequel to their mobile-exclusive premium RPG Final Fantasy Dimensions, known as Final Fantasy Legends in Japan, and it was just last Friday that they announced that the game would be launching on November 1st. Well, we're not quite at November 1st just yet, at least in our part of the world, but Final Fantasy Dimensions II [$14.99] has decided to pop up in the App Store a day earlier than expected. And here's a thing: It's a totally paid, IAP-free release clocking in at a price of $14.99...

RPG Reload Glossary - The Origins of JRPGs

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we sometimes hold down the confirm button because we are lazy. To be specific, welcome to the RPG Reload Glossary, where we get all up in fussy semantics, history, and other things that polite society will shun us for. Having covered social RPGs, tactical RPGs, and action RPGs in previous installments, we now turn our attention to another one of the big dogs of the RPG category: the JRPG. As messy as trying to define action RPGs was, JRPGs are in some way even more difficult to nail down. As with the last couple of Glossary features, you can expect this one to span multiple columns, with roughly one for each decade. In today's installment, we'll be looking at the origins and early years of the genre, loosely covering the 1980s...

The Walking Dead Season 8 is officially back, and it's time once more to get devastated by dear characters perishing in awful, usually predictable ways. AMC has been working with Next Games, the developer of The Walking Dead: No Man's Land [Free] to bring some cool new ideas to the platform and connect TV and mobile gaming. So, if you're one of the many The Walking Dead: No Man's Land players, get ready to play all kinds of missions based on the current season of the show, a move that should really please fans of the show. Specifically, the new missions coming to the game will include important moments, weapons, and characters from that week's TWD episode in an attempt to bring the two modes of entertainment closer together...

'Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times' Review: Outstanding Follow Up to One of the Best Tactical Combat Games Ever

What are the best tactical role-playing games for mobile devices? I see that question a lot and, inevitably, somebody mentions Warhammer Quest [$2.99] by Rodeo Games, and rightfully so. Warhammer Quest is without question one of the best turn-based combat games out there and one in which I've invested a huge number of hours in the four-plus years since its release. Rodeo Games is no more, unfortunately, but that didn't stop a sequel from making its way to the App Store. Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times [$4.99] was just released by Perchang, but can it clear the high bar set by its predecessor?..

The Best Action RPGs for iPhone and iPad - An RPG Reload Ranking

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where our battles to the death sometimes involve QTEs. In each of these columns, we take a look at some aspect of RPG gaming on iOS. Often, it's in the form of a replay or a retrospective, but today we're doing something a little different. In the last couple of months, we went through the history of action RPGs, from Dragon Slayer to Dark Souls. These trips through history present us with an opportunity to do something that is often requested of us here at TouchArcade: lists of the best examples of each gaming genre. Consider this, then, your starter set for action RPGs on iOS. Are there other excellent ones? You bet! This is just my opinion, after all. But this gives you a place to get started in the genre with some assurance of reasonable quality...

The day is finally here, everyone; Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times [$4.99] has finally launched, and I know many (including me) can't wait to get their hands on the game. Warhammer Quest 2 is the sequel to the fantastic 2013 Warhammer Quest—a game I've spent many hours playing—and it looks like it's raising the bar across the board. In this turn-based dungeon crawling, you are the last thing that stands between the forces of Chaos and total annihilation. What you do in the game? Well, put a party together consisting of sorcerers, witch hunters, warriors, dwarfs, and all kinds of other characters, kill a ton of creatures, and grab all kinds of loot. You then use that loot to improve your party and dive into the next dungeon...

Sometimes it's easy to take for granted the sheer number of great classic RPGs we can carry around on our phones these days. A big part of that line-up comes from Beamdog and Overhaul's enhanced ports of the classic Infinity Engine PC RPGs from the 1990s. Beginning with Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition [$9.99] back in late 2012, Beamdog and Overhaul have since released iOS versions of Icewind Dale [$9.99], Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition [$9.99], and earlier this year, Planescape: Torment [$9.99]. Having just recently finished updating all of the games with 64-bit iOS 11 support, the publisher appears to be celebrating with a sale on all of their iOS releases...

RPG Reload Glossary: The Dark Souls of This Series, or Action-RPGs in the 2010s

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we always do it by torchlight. This week, we're concluding our look at the history of the action-RPG sub-genre. Last time, we took a look at the games of the late 2000s, a period where more and more action games were incorporating RPG mechanics, but few traditional action-RPGs made many waves. With Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts series somewhat lost in the spin-off woods and Blizzard busy rolling around in stacks of World of Warcraft money, the sub-genre found itself lacking in high-profile hits. While a new Diablo would arrive soon enough, the new flag-bearer for the genre came from a somewhat unlikely source...

After a relatively short soft launch period, Taichi Panda 3: Dragon Hunter [Free] has spread its wings worldwide and is now available to everyone. The third game in the series brings much-improved visuals, a much larger world than before that also includes 360-degree battles, and a lot more. Taichi Panda 3 will feel more like an open-world game this time around since it brings to the series a seamless map, although I hope it doesn't also feel empty on the edges. And, as you probably guessed from the game's title, Taichi Panda 3 brings along huge dragons you can tame, ride, and use to take out everyone around you Game of Thrones-style...

Back when I was a child in school, the Pokemon vs Digimon debate was at its peak. While I greatly enjoyed the Digimon cartoon show, Nintendo's monster-fighting games were just so much enjoyable, and continue to be a favorite series of mine twenty years on. That being said, Digimon World for PS1 was a classic, and the recent Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth for the PS Vita was a mightily enjoyable return to form. Last week, we showcased the first English trailer for DigimonLinks [Free] - the major iOS debut of the series - and today the English version of the game is finally available to download on the App Store...

The RPG Reload Play-Along: 'Final Fantasy Tactics'

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload Play-Along. Each month, we'll be playing an iOS RPG together, sharing laughs and tears in equal measures. The post on the front page (like this one!) is basically here to announce the game in question and give a few tips on getting started. The real action will be happening in the TouchArcade forums, where you'll find a thread dedicated to each month's featured game. Sign up if you haven't already, post your screenshots, ask for advice, or just chat about your misadventures with others. We've got a great community of RPG fans here at TouchArcade, so let's make the most of it!..

Lost Colossus [$1.99] by Game Stew Studio, the developer behind games like Tower of Fortune and The Lost Shield, is out now, so get ready for some retro robot warfare. As we talked about recently, Last Colossus is an ACT/RPG where you play as a commander who gains control of a giant robot after crash-landing on a war-torn planet. As me and other in our forums have pointed out, gamers love controlling giant robots. This simulation game spans 9 chapters, which come with plenty of different enemies and, of course, bosses that want nothing but to take you down. And the game offers 3 different endings that depend on the choices you make, which should offer more replayability for those who want their gaming bucks to stretch as much as possible...

We've seen quite the stream of iOS games getting updated for iOS 11 and its new 64-bit requirement. While we've likely seen the bulk of said updates by now, you can probably count on a few stragglers appearing here and there. One of today's examples is an old favorite of mine, Dragon Fantasy [$7.99]. An entertaining throwback to 8-bit console RPGs, Dragon Fantasy first launched on iOS back in 2011 before making its way in ever-improved forms to a number of other platforms including PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Android, and PC. Its most recent update prior to this one was back in 2013, so there was plenty for the iOS version of the game to catch up on...

When we first heard news of Cat Quest [$4.99] way back in June of last year, I don't think any of us could have expected just how good the game would be. It officially launched in early August and took players on a cute, cat-filled adventure that felt surprisingly epic while still feeling totally tailored to our tiny mobile device screens. We awarded it our Game of the Week upon release and easily gave it 5 stars in our review. We also got more than our fill of cat puns (but are always craving more). Well, after that stellar launch and reception, Cat Quest is readying some pretty big things for a future content update. Many games offer a "New Game Plus" mode upon completing the game once, giving you a reason to play through the game again, and Cat Quest is no exception. Except in this case, true to their punny nature, it'll be known as Mew Game Plus...

TGS 2017: Hands-On with 'Pocket Quest', an RPG from Firi Games

Developer Firi Games is best known for their Phoenix series of hardcore bullet-hell shoot-em-ups. While their presence at the Tokyo Game Show was mainly to show off the latest in that series, Phoenix 2, to Japanese audiences, I managed to convince them to show me something from their next game, which is a slightly unexpected change from their usual fare. Pocket Quest is an RPG that Firi games has been planning for a very long time, and with Phoenix 2 settling a bit following its anniversary update, they've finally had the chance to dedicate their full attention to this charming little game. They even allowed me to capture some footage of an early version of the game...

Out of all the amazing iOS games I've played over the past nine years, there is an extra special place in my heart for Solomon's Keep [Free]. Developer Raptisoft launched the game on April 2nd, 2010 which was the day after I officially began working for TouchArcade as a freelance writer. Its mixture of dual-stick shooting, RPG-like ability upgrading, and randomly-generated dungeons tickled all of my fancies, and I was bursting at the seams to write about it in an official capacity for my very favorite website. It was sort of like the culmination of my dreams coming true right before my own eyes. So write about it I did, and it ended up that my Solomon's Keep review was officially the third full review I wrote for this site and my fifth story overall during my first week working here. I've added more than 4,300 more stories for TA since those humble beginnings 7+ years ago...

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