Category Archives: RPG Reload

Hello, friends! We're almost back to the normal schedule for the RPG Reload Podcast, and that means we've only got one featured game this time around. Our usual roster of Eric Ford, Andy Fretz, and I take a look at Nameless: The Hackers RPG [$2.99] in this episode, and as usual, there's a lot of chat about other things beforehand. Each of us shares our thoughts on Crashlands [$4.99] and its many wonders. We also spend some time discussing some of the difficulties in factoring price points into reviews. We also got around to answering a reader question sent to us way back in the distant year of 2015. Admittedly, we go off topic for a while in the middle of the show, but it's all for the sake of droning on about games, so I'm sure we're fine, right?..

RPG Reload Presents - The History Of Handheld RPGs, Part Six

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload. This week, we're continuing our little monthly project looking at the history of handheld RPGs. That means that we will not be taking a look at a specific RPG from the App Store's past this time around. Last month, we looked at the brief but impressive reign of the Game Boy Advance, and the bounty of RPGs it brought with it. While it was mostly uncontested during its life, seeds were being planted in unexpected places that would sprout into the fiercest competition Nintendo would face to date of this writing. We'll be looking at those nooks and crannies today as best as we can. In total, this feature will span twelve columns, each one taking a look at a specific era in handheld RPGs. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I've enjoyed researching and writing them! Please let me know what you think by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. If you like this project and wish to support endeavors like it, please consider contributing to the TouchArcade Patreon. It's what makes these kinds of big features possible...




RPG Reload File 068 - 'Legends Of Yore'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where punch skeletons for apples. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's doing in modern times. It's a bit of reflecting, a bit of revisiting, and a chance to take a deeper dive than our reviews usually allow for. I try to present as diverse a selection of RPGs from week to week as I can muster, but if you feel like I've missed something important, please let me know. You can give suggestions by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. Since the schedule is planned pretty far ahead of time, you probably won't see any games you suggest soon, but you will see them eventually...

RPG Reload File 067 - 'The Bard's Tale 2: The Destiny Knight'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we always keep our drinks topped off. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see if it holds up in the modern day. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on classic hits, or just to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As party leader, I try to pick a balanced plate of RPGs from week to week, but if you think I'm missing something important, please let me know. You can make suggestions by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. As the schedule is planned well in advance, you probably won't see your suggestion soon, but I promise it will go on the list...

Hi there, friends. It's been a while, but the RPG Reload Podcast is back. We had a few technical issues with the original 11th episode, and with the holidays upon us, we felt it was best to just save it all up for a special comeback in the new year. And here we are! As usual, I'm joined by Eric Ford, and as semi-usual, Andy Fretz joins us from B25 of TouchArcade Towers. Since we were supposed to talk about 9th Dawn [$2.99] last time, we do that here, but we also make room to talk about the original January selection, King Cashing [$0.99]. Wow, it's a double-header! To tell the truth, we don't spend as much time discussing either game as we would have preferred, but I hope you still enjoy the discussions. Before we get to the main games for the episode, we spend a long time talking about what we've been playing and our thoughts on 2015. Plus, no less than three shocking confessions from yours truly! Who says this isn't the RPG Reload Age of podcasting entertainment?..

RPG Reload File 066 - 'Nameless: The Hackers RPG'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we never met a Gibson we couldn't hack. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's hanging in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit some old favorites, reflect on their position in the iOS RPG tapestry, or just to take a deeper dive than reviews typically allow for. I try to present a balanced plate of RPGs from week to week, but that's a job that gets more difficult the further into this we go. So, if you've noticed that I've missed a game that you'd really like to see, please let me know by commenting below, tweeting to @RPGReload, or by dropping in on the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the TouchArcade forums. I schedule pretty far in advance, so I can't promise your suggestion will appear soon, but it will go on the list...

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload. This week, we're continuing our little monthly project looking at the history of handheld RPGs. That means that we will not be taking a look at a specific RPG from the App Store's past this time around. Last month, we looked at the various competitors to the Game Boy, including the Game Gear, Wonderswan, and more. This time around, we're pushing the timeline forward again with a look at the long-awaited follow-up to the Game Boy, Nintendo's Game Boy Advance. In total, this feature will span twelve columns, each one taking a look at a specific era in handheld RPGs. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I've enjoyed researching and writing them! Please let me know what you think by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload...

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to yet another special edition of the RPG Reload. In this weekly feature, we usually take a look at a game from the App Store's past, but due to the New Year's holiday, we're doing something a little different this week. That's right, it's time for the second annual listing of the RPG Reload's favorite RPGs of the year. I thought it might be cool to come up with a catchy name for these prizes, but since I couldn't come up with anything good, I've settled on calling them the Golden Pancho Awards, in honor of the frequently-seen Kemco monster. No actual trophies yet, unfortunately, but 'Golden Pancho' sounds a lot better than trying to spell out the whole article name, right?..

RPG Reload Special Edition - 'A TouchArcade Christmas Carol'

With Sincere Apologies To Charles Dickens, And The Readers

First Stave - The Editor's Ghost

Let me tell you the story of Shaun Musgrave. Though they say he used to be different, it's hard to imagine it. There was never such a staunch defender of free-to-play social RPGs as he, with a stubborn streak in him about paying even a cent for an app. The cold within his heart froze his features, made him walk stiffly, and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. Nobody ever sent him a tweet to ask how he was doing or when he would like to play Clash Of Clans together. No Facebook friends asked him for a life in Candy Crush, no children even asked him for a promo code. But Shaun didn't care, because he didn't care much for people. He wished only to be left alone to grind enough premium currency for his next Town Hall upgrade.

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RPG Reload File 065 - 'King Cashing'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we take a spin and play to win. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the misty mists of the App Store's past to see how it's doing in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, to reflect on their place in the overall market, or just to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As the king of this castle, I try to choose a balanced schedule from week to week, but if there's something you feel like I'm missing, by all means, let me know. You can do that by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. Since the current schedule is mapped out to somewhere like June of next year, you probably won't see your suggestion soon, but I will add it to the master list...

RPG Reload File 064 - 'Terraria'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we never forget to pack torches. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or just to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As the boss of this dungeon, I try to set a balanced schedule of games from week to week, but if you feel like I'm missing something important, let me know. You can do that by leaving a comment below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. I plan the schedule really far in advance, so you might not see your suggestion soon, but it will be added to the master list...

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload. This week, we're continuing our little monthly project looking at the history of handheld RPGs. That means that we will not be taking a look at a specific RPG from the App Store's past this time around. Last month, we looked at the later years of the Game Boy, from Pokemon's launch to the Game Boy Color. This time around, we're taking a step back to look at the largely unsuccessful challengers to the Game Boy's long reign. In total, this feature will span twelve columns, each one taking a look at a specific era in handheld RPGs. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I've enjoyed researching and writing them! Please let me know what you think by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload...

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we all gain experience to become something better. 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 an opportunity to revisit old favorites, reflect on how they fit into the greater picture, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. I try to present a balanced plate as we roll through the weeks, but if you feel like I'm missing something important, don't hesitate, suggest...suggestitate? Look, I didn't think that through very well, but there's no going back now. Anyway, you can leave a suggestion by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. The schedule is already locked in for the next few months, but suggested games will be added to the master list, and provided I eat well and do my daily exercises, I will get to them eventually...

RPG Reload File 062 - 'Dragons Odyssey Frane'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we believe love can bloom between a cat and a human. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past and shine a little light on it to see how it's holding up. It's an opportunity to revisit old favorites, reflect on how they fit into the overall iOS RPG landscape, and to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. I do my best to present a balanced menu from week to week, but if you feel like I'm missing something important, don't stay quiet about it. Post in the comments below, drop in on the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or tweet me at @RPGReload to make a suggestion. I plan the schedule quite far in advance, so you probably won't see the game you mention soon, but it will go on the master list, I assure you...

RPG Reload File 061 - '9th Dawn'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where mushroom stew reigns supreme. Each week, we dust off an RPG from the App Store's past for another play to see how it holds up. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on a game's place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our usual reviews allow for. As the village paladin, I decide which games will be featured here from week to week, a task I take most seriously. I try to present a balanced slate, but if you feel like I'm missing something important, you can give me a suggestion by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. I plan the schedule pretty far in advance, so you won't see your suggested game soon, but I will add it to the master list...

RPG Reload Presents - The History Of Handheld RPGs, Part Three

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload. This week, we're continuing our little monthly project looking at the history of handheld RPGs. That means that we will not be taking a look at a specific RPG from the App Store's past this time around. Last month, we covered the beginnings of handheld electronic RPGs with a look at the Game Boy's first several years. This month on, we'll be exploring the rest of the Game Boy's lifespan, including the event that brought the system back to life, and what came in its wake. In total, this feature will span twelve columns, each one taking a look at a specific era in handheld RPGs. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I've enjoyed researching and writing them! Please let me know what you think by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload...

Friends, I'm not going to fib to you. This month's RPG Reload Podcast is less a conversation and more a surgery. The patient is none other than Solomon's Boneyard [Free], and the surgeon is Mr. Andy Fretz, whose intricate knowledge of the game's mechanics kind of blindsided me and Eric Ford both. Before we get to that main topic, however, we spend a long time talking about all kinds of other games. The chat didn't strictly stay on the topic of RPGs, and it gets a little existential somewhere in the middle, but it's not much of a roller coaster if it's all downhill, right?..

RPG Reload File 060 - 'Shin Megami Tensei'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where your yen is worthless paper. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it has held up against the ravages of time. It's a chance to revisit old favorite, reflect on a game's overall place in the greater market, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. I try to balance things out from week to week so that we cover a good variety of games from the genre, but if you feel like I'm missing anything in particular, please let me know. You can do that by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. Since the schedule is planned out far in advance, I can't promise you'll see any suggestions soon, but they will go on the master list...

RPG Reload File 059 - 'King Cashing 2'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we know when to hold them and know when to fold them. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's holding up in the far-flung future that is today. It's a chance to revisit classics, reflect on their place in the overall tapestry, or just to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As the king of this castle, I try to choose a balanced set of adventures from week to week that represent this incredibly wide genre, but if you feel like I'm missing anything important, please let me know. You can give me suggestions by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. As I plan the schedule pretty far in advance, you might not see your suggested game for a while, but rest assured, it will be added to the master list...

RPG Reload File 058 - 'Solomon's Boneyard'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we leave no gravestone unturned. 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 go back to old favorites, consider their place in the overall iOS library, or even just to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. The RPG genre is a pretty broad one that I have little interest in precisely defining, but you can count on a wide variety of games appearing here from week to week. If you feel like I've missed something important, let me know by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or tweeting me at @RPGReload. Since I set the schedule pretty far in advance, I can't promise I'll get to any suggestions soon, but they will go on the master list, which means I'll get to them at some point...

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