Category Archives: Role-Playing

'Block Legend' Review - A Legendary Puzzler No One Should Miss

When you have a trailer as awesome as Block Legend [$1.99], you better have a good game behind it to back up that hype goodness. Luckily the devs behind this RPG puzzler matched their self-made hype and then some. Streamlined combat (complete with random encounters), loads of unlockable content and a robust RPG match-2 overlay combine for an amazing experience that needs to be checked out...

As if last night's huge list of new iOS releases wasn't enough, there's a late-comer to the party that's been generating quite a buzz in our forums since it showed up in New Zealand earlier today. It's Block Legend [$1.99] from Dot Warrior Games, and to quote a member of our forums, "…imagine crossing that 10000000 game with Slayin. Only turn it up to 11." Ok, maybe that's not totally accurate, but it sort of is...

It was a big deal when classic BioWare RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic [$9.99] launched for the iPad in May of last year, but being an iPad-only title meant that those who didn't own an iPad were left out in the cold. Aspyr Media, who handled the iOS port of KOTOR, were barraged with requests for iPhone support, and this past December, they granted gamers their wish with a Universal update to the game. Of course, if you give a mouse a cookie, he'll want a glass of milk. So now that the game was Universal and able to be played across different devices, now people were clamoring for iCloud save syncing, so they could continue their progress on all their devices. Well, Aspyr delivers once again with today's update which brings iCloud save syncing to Knights of the Old Republic...

When you think of card games, you usually think of sitting at a table, real or virtual, with other people, shooting the breeze and enjoying a nice, strategic social activity. It's not all that shocking, then, that most video card games are also geared towards multiplayer, with single player usually amounting to little more than an AI opponent you can practice on to learn the rules of the game in order to get ready for the real thing. Every once in a while, though, you get a game that really makes a strong effort to flesh out the single player experience into something resembling a proper game on its own. Sometimes the game does this by adding increasingly naked ladies, sometimes it throws in familiar characters from other games complete with entertaining banter, and other times it fits a bit of a quasi-RPG shell around the card battles. Card City Nights [$1.99] uses two of those three methods. The latter two, specifically. There are no increasingly naked ladies in this game...

'Continue?9876543210' Review - In My Time Of Dying

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March 4th, 2014 2:16 PM EDT by David Clarke in $3.99, 4 stars, Adventure, Retro, Reviews, Role-Playing
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Does anything drive humans as much as our awareness of mortality? No other animal sees a bush, calls it a bush, draws the bush, gives the bush a back story, then cries when the bush dies. It's arguably the saddest, and most beautiful quality humans possess. We have awareness of the world, we can create art, and we know we are going to die...

‘Avadon 2: The Corruption’ Review - A Worthy Return To The Black Fortress

It’s been quite some time since iOS users have explored the world of Spiderweb Software’s Avadon [$9.99 (HD)]. After the release of the original adventure in 2011, the classic RPG developer has spent the last few years introducing iPad owners to its original Avernum series. Now, fans of the series get the opportunity to return to the Black Fortress in Avadon 2: The Corruption [$9.99 (HD)]. Continuing the impressively high standard of previous Spiderweb RPGs on iOS, Avadon 2 is another fine addition to iPad RPGs and a must-own...

'Word Mage' Review - The Hyperactive Member Of The Word Game Family

The word game is one of those genres that's basically always active on iOS, with new entries released at a fairly regular pace. That said, recently, there seems to be a higher amount than usual of excellent new games twisting RPG mechanics into the genre. They're two great tastes that taste great together, I suppose. What's interesting to me is how games coming from the same basic angle of "word game plus RPG" can have such different results. If we consider the recent Spell Quest [Free] to be the Dragon Quest of word RPGs, with its slow, deliberate pace and focus on carefully-planned strategy, then Word Mage [$0.99] is the Ys of the genre, moving at a blazing pace and demanding quick reactions to enemies that become increasingly dedicated to finishing you off...

The old-school dungeon crawler can be a cruel mistress. First-person movement, gameplay that basically drops you in the middle of a world and tells you to figure it out - it’s certainly a far cry from the handholding that most RPGs do these days. Coldfire Keep [$4.99], the latest title published by Crescent Moon Games, does a decent job of recreating the basics of the classic genre with a large world that kept me wanting to return, explore, and conquer. However, it left me wanting more in terms of combat and controls...

I kind of feel bad for this game. Not only did Journey To Kreisia [$3.99] release at almost the same time as Square-Enix's Final Fantasy VI [$15.99] iOS remake, but it's also having to live in the looming shadow of Alphadia Genesis's impending release. Kemco's RPGs aren't terribly high profile at the best of times, and RPG fans clearly have their attention elsewhere right now. I think that's too bad, because while this game isn't an outstanding RPG by any means, it's got a great sense of self-awareness. This aspect, layered on top of its familiar, competent EXE Create backbone, lends the whole adventure a fun feeling that separates it from the herd...

Hands-on with ‘Coldfire Keep’ - Old-school Dungeon Crawling

Earlier this week we had the opportunity to check out Coldfire Keep, the latest title from publisher Crescent Moon Games. A combination of old-school, first-person dungeon crawler gameplay and updated visuals, this indie game certainly has what it takes to offer fans of this classic genre with a new adventure...

Monster Loves You! [$2.99] is the story of a monster, a story your choices help tell. The first collaboration between Radial Games and Dejobaan Games lets you decide how monsters live their lives: rampaging, caring for each other, or just plain old causing a fuss...

Like many games bearing the RPG genre tag on the App Store, Elementalist [Free] isn't what you would consider a traditional RPG. There's not much in the way of questing, exploring, or party-building. Instead, the game focuses on the combat, giving you control of a mage who has to cast his or her spells in turn-based battles to take down the monsters threatening the world. The main hook of the game is in the spell-casting itself. Each spell is represented by a symbol, and how well you trace it determines both its power and effects. It's a fun mechanic seen infrequently enough in games that, combined with some decent character building options, makes Elementalist an interesting and enjoyable game, if a little repetitive...

'Final Fantasy VI' Review - Pure Magic(ite)

For a lot of gamers growing up in the 90s (myself included), Final Fantasy VI was the pinnacle of the “golden age” of 16-bit RPG. An epic, world-changing story, real character development, a killer soundtrack — FFVI featured all these and more wrapped up in a package that simply hadn’t been experienced at that time. Check out any gaming forum online and you’ll inevitably find a thread discussing the old-school RPGs of all time with FF VI squarely in the running...

'Spell Quest: Grimm's Journey' Review - Q-U-E-S-T, Done!

One of the more surprising things that the rise of social and casual games has revealed is just how much everyone loves spelling. Where were all of these people when I was looking for Scrabble players? Or was it the fact that I insist on playing the game in the buff to maximize the flow of my chakra? Oh well. Wherever they were at that time, they came out later in full force, and now there are mountains of word games. At first there were mostly knock-offs of Scrabble or Boggle, but as in any competitive genre, everyone started looking for their own spin, leading to some incredibly imaginative variations. Spell Quest: Grimm's Journey [Free] isn't treading on completely new ground, certainly owing a debt to the classic Bookworm Adventures, but thanks to a few good twists and an extremely polished presentation, it more than carves a place for itself...

One of 2012's absolute best iOS releases, Luca Redwood's 10000000 [$2.99] has just been given a much needed update adding widescreen support (yay!), Game Center achievements and new Ace Levels. If you missed it previously, 10000000 is a matching game with built-in combat and RPG mechanics, not totally unlike Puzzle Quest or Dungeon Raid. The hook here is that you're constantly under a time constraint, so you need to be making the right kind of matches for whatever your current obstacle is (fighting an enemy, unlocking a door, etc.) with the clock ticking down in your face. It puts a certain sense of panic into the gameplay, but not in a bad way. In fact, it's exhilarating when you know time is just about to run out and you happen to make the most perfect match ever, propelling you forward and continuing your run when you were sure you were toast...

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