Category Archives: Role-Playing

'Meteorfall: Journey' Review - Cards Against Calamity

Once upon a time, most of the card games you'd find in the App Store were of the CCG variety, and with some notable exceptions, not very inspiring ones at that. More recently, games like Reign and its sequel have demonstrated pretty clearly that there are things you can do with cards other than collect them. Enter Meteorfall: Journey [$2.99], a roguelike fantasy RPG that just happens to be built on cards, and one where your skill at deckbuilding on the fly is one of the keys to success...




One of our favorite games from a couple of years ago, and indeed still one of our favorite games today, is Rule with an Iron Fish [$3.99] from developer Kestrel Games. It's something of an odd mashup of fishing mini-game, incremental clicker game, and role-playing game, and as strange as that might all sound it actually works beautifully together. Rule with an Iron Fish received several updates in the months following its release in 2016, but Kestrel went on to other projects including porting the game to desktop, and the iOS version sat dormant for all of 2017. In porting the game to other platforms they also added in some new content and other improvements, and last month we learned that the iOS version of Rule with an Iron Fish would be getting an update to bring it up to par with those desktop versions as well as adding support for the full screen of the iPhone X. Today that update is available...

The Best JRPGs for iPhone and iPad - A TouchArcade Ranking

Hello, gentle readers. It seems like our previous ranking lists have gone over pretty well, so I'm going to be carrying on with them on a semi-regular basis. The topic this time around is the JRPG genre, an admittedly wide umbrella that I'm restricting simply to make it a useful label. What we are looking at here is a ranking of games that follow closely in the footsteps of Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, and their ilk. Turn-based battles, melodrama, interesting characters, a plot that has a start and a finish, and things like that. If the combat system involves real-time action, it won't be on here. If it's an endlessly-updated free-to-play game, it also won't be on here. As odd as it may seem, these games do not have to be from Japan. This is not the final word, and your list can be (and probably is) different...

RPG Reload Final Edition - 'RPG Reload's Favorite RPGs of 2017'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to yet another special edition of the RPG Reload. As we usually do at the end of each year, we're doing something a little different this week. That's right, it's time for the fourth annual listing of the RPG Reload's favorite RPGs of the year. Since I'm not clever enough to come up with good names, these awards are known as the Golden Pancho Awards, in honor of the frequently-seen Kemco monster. No actual trophies yet, unfortunately, but who wouldn't want a Golden Pancho next to their name? They're so cute!..

RPG Reload Glossary: The "Death" of the JRPG, or JRPGs in the 2010s

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where all good things must come to an end. To be specific, welcome to the RPG Reload Glossary, where we sift through the piles of historical debris and messy semantics to try to make some sense of it all. This time around, we're finishing our look at the history of the JRPG sub-genre. In the last part, we looked at a decade which could charitably be referred to as a hangover from the massive success of the genre in the 1990s. Square, the biggest name in JRPGs, over-extended itself in spectacular fashion and ended up merging with their rival, Enix. The Japanese market lost its taste for home consoles, focusing instead on the convenience that handheld consoles brought to the table. Development on two of the three most popular JRPG series had slowed down considerably, and as the first decade of the new millennium came to a close, you didn't have to look far to find people proclaiming the death of the JRPG genre had come...

'Cinco Paus' Review - A Rosa By Any Other Name

One of the things that makes games from developer Michael Brough so great is in how much there is to discover in each one. They're densely-packed pouches full of Eureka moments, constantly dripping out new tricks, traps, and techniques for those who are patient and observant enough to notice them. His games don't just trust the player to figure them out; they challenge the player to do so. You really won't make much progress at all in his games if you're not willing to play along with this philosophy. It's a school of design I happen to enjoy, but I do so knowing that it's just as much of a turn-off for some as it is a joy for others. After all, there's a fine line between being obtuse in order to teach and being obtuse just to be obtuse. Where that line falls tends to come down to the player...

RPG Reload Glossary: HD Towns are Hard, or JRPGs in the New Millennium

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we always have an adventure in our pocket. To be specific, welcome to the RPG Reload Glossary, where we sift through the piles of historical debris and messy semantics to try to make some sense of it all. This time around, we're continuing our look at the history of the JRPG sub-genre. In the last part, we covered the debut of two of the biggest JRPGs of the 1990s and the subsequent boom in popularity for the genre worldwide. As the thousands digit rolled over on the calendar, people were throwing parties everywhere. Nintendo was awash in the surprising global success of Pokemon, providing the company with a valuable crutch in the face of a weakening console business. Square was virtually on top of the gaming world. The next ten years would prove vital for both companies, and the fortunes of both companies would have a major impact on the now-trendy JRPG genre...

RPG Reload Glossary: Cloudy with a Chance of Angst, or JRPGs in the Late 1990s

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we always bring a party. To be specific, welcome to the RPG Reload Glossary, where we sift through the piles of historical debris and messy semantics to try to make some sense of it all. This time around, we're continuing our look at the history of the JRPG sub-genre. In the last part, we followed the progress of the genre through the 16-bit period of console gaming. Enix's Dragon Quest series had finally found some competition in Square's Final Fantasy, while continued attempts to help the sub-genre break out in the West were largely rebuffed. Meanwhile, as technology moved forward, JRPGs were starting to attempt more sophisticated stories and characters. By the end of the 1990s, all of this conflict would be settled, one way or the other...

There's nothing better than getting into the spirit of the season, and by season of course I'm talking about new Star Wars movie season. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is hitting theaters this Friday (or rather Thursday night at midnight, if you're doing it right) and based on what I'm hearing from those who were fortunate enough to see it ahead of release it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. I'm incredibly excited to see it, and both Zen Studios and Aspyr Media are also excited it seems as they're getting in on the fun by offering some deep discounts on their Star Wars mobile games. First up is BioWare's absolute stone-cold classic RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic [$9.99]. ..

Lineage 2: Revolution [Free] is a huge game with a huge player base, and now that huge player base is about to go to war (well, even more war). The game's first major update will add the Fortress Siege and Open Siege modes, which will let you slaughter each other at greater numbers than before. Fortress Siege—held every Friday from 20:00-21:00 PST—will have players enter a real-time, massive PvP battle between two clans. The Fortress Siege can host up to 50 players per clan, and the first to "imprint" on their opponents' Holy Artifact wins. In order to participate, clans have to first successfully bid on a desired fortress and then enter the battle against the clan defending that fortress. Bidding is held from 0:00-19:00 PST every Thursday, the day before the Fortress Siege. As you'd expect, winning gets you great rewards but even losing gets you Adena, EXP, and Proof of Blood...

Good news, fans of the turn-based strategy RPGs Demon's Rise [$7.99] and Demon's Rise 2 [$7.99]. Both games have been updated for the iPhone X and the infamous notch, so if you have one of those newfangled devices, you should enjoy the games better now. The update has also continued to improve screen controls on both games, a process seemingly never-ending (which is not a bad thing). Updating a game for the iPhone X can be a bit of a pain, but I had no doubt Wave Light Games would get it done and fast given the developer's habit of keeping the games up-to-date...

One of last year's best games, and really one of the more enjoyable and unique games for mobile in general, was Kestrel Games' Rule with an Iron Fish [$3.99]. It's a game about fishing but is certainly not a fishing simulation game, of which there are several on the App Store. Instead, Rule with an Iron Fish almost feels like one of those incremental idle games, but one where you actually DO stuff. The progression system is addictive as you're constantly catching new fish, getting new equipment, and unlocking new areas. Everything has a grander feel to it though as there's also a full world to explore filled with non-player characters to interact with, all of which have quite colorful personalities. It's like many of the best parts of an RPG have been whittled down into a super-mobile friendly package with a perfect gameplay loop for short gaming sessions. Oh, and did I mention it's a totally paid, premium title with no IAP? tl;dr: I love Rule with an Iron Fish...

RPG Reload Glossary: 16-bit Paradise, or JRPGs in the early 1990s

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we always bring a party. To be specific, welcome to the RPG Reload Glossary, where we sift through the piles of historical debris and messy semantics to try to make some sense of it all. This time around, we're continuing our look at the history of the JRPG sub-genre. In the last part, we went through the origins of this popular sub-genre through the 1980s. By the close of the decade, JRPGs were by far the most popular kinds of games in Japan, but had yet to make much of a dent in other regions. The 1990s would change all of that, and it largely came down to two games in particular. The lead-up to that ultimate breakthrough held plenty of great games, many of which were deliberate attempts to appeal to the Western market...

We've already posted our Reigns: Her Majesty [$2.99] review, and chances are you wouldn't be looking up cheat guides like these if you didn't also agree, at least on some level, that the sequel to Reigns [$2.99] is incredible. The addition of the item system and the zodiac calendar has, however, added several layers of complication that makes getting all the endings particularly difficult- Especially getting the "good" ending. Needless to say, this guide is absolutely chock-full of spoilers. I really, really recommend playing Her Majesty through to completion to get at least one of the endings before diving in, but, hey, it's a free country. You do you...

'Reigns: Her Majesty' Review - This Queen Reigns Supreme

'Reigns: Her Majesty' Review - This Queen Reigns Supreme

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December 7th, 2017 12:10 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in 5 stars, Games, Reviews, Role-Playing
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The original Reigns [$2.99] was easily among my favorite games released last year, as the whole experience felt like a masterpiece of game design. Via binary options, triggered by swiping right or left as if you were browsing through Tinder profiles, players were invited to rule their kingdoms and attempt to balance the competing powers in the land: The church, the people, the military, and the treasury. With few exceptions, every decision made increased favor with at least one power, while decreasing your standing with others. The trick is, you need to use your intuition to figure out what decision you're going to make to keep everything in check. For example, you might come across a doctor who offers to heal your subjects, and allowing them to do that will increase your favor with the people, while decreasing your standing with the church who frown upon the medical sciences. The rest of the game goes like this until you inevitably meet your demise in many amusing ways, at which point the whole process repeats again, as you're cursed, and return again and again as a new king... Until you figure out how to break the curse, anyway...

The RPG Reload Play-Along: 'Icewind Dale'

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!..

Back in August developer The Gentlebros released Cat Quest [$4.99] to the world, and it was basically a masterclass in how to make an open-world style action RPG for mobile by streamlining the game for pick up and play without losing any of the fun in the process. Also it's filled with amazing cat puns. We loved Cat Quest in our review and awarded it the Game of the Week when it released, and don't be shocked if you see it high up in the discussions when we start doing our Best Games of 2017 stuff. Back in September, The Gentlebros detailed a forthcoming update to Cat Quest that would add in a couple new modes and some new features, and that update is now live in the App Store...

Pooka: Magic and Mischief [Free], the colorful RPG game that lets you literally chase the Gloom away, is now available worldwide, and it looks like it's going to be a fun game to play either by yourself (if you like casual but pretty RPGs) or with your little ones. As we wrote about a few weeks back, Pooka lets you create your own, very silly looking Pookas (part of the fun of this game is the character creation system that's as absurd as it is cute) and take to saving the world from the infectious Gloom invasion that has turned the world gloomy...

RPG Reload File 103 - 'Warhammer Quest'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where even our finest apparel reeks of goblin blood. In each installment, we take a look at a game from the App Store's past to see how it stands up in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their position in the overall iOS library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. I try to cover a variety of games in these articles, but if you feel like I'm missing something very important, by all means let me know. You can offer up suggestions in the comments below, and while I can't promise I'll get to them soon, they will be added to the master list for future consideration...

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