The original Across Age [$5.99 / Free] was released in February, and in our review we detailed all the things we liked about the game, ranging from its fantastic sprite-based graphics to its delightfully cliche yet somehow still engaging plot that involved saving the world from an evil magician.
Across Age is an RPG loaded with puzzles that take advantage of the game’s two main gameplay mechanics: Being able to control two separate characters at once, and heaps of time travel. The game also features massive bosses, which everyone loves, and of course each boss has its own gimmick (usually utilizing an ability you just unlocked) which must be exploited to defeat it. Overall, I had a fun time playing through Across Age as it tickled both my nostalgia for similar games of the Super Nintendo era, while being just fresh enough to not feel blatantly “inspired" by those same games.
FDG Entertainment has been hard at work on an iPad version of the game, and have redrawn all of the graphics in the process. The HD version also has combat and character movement tweaks with customizable on-screen controls. There’s even going to be a bonus dungeon and boss fight, which hopefully will be cool enough to give players a reason go play through the game again if they’ve already beat it on the iPhone or iPod touch.
FDG is planning on releasing Across Age HD sometime next month for $7.99. The screenshots they’ve sent us so far look awesome, and I can’t wait to run through the game again on my iPad.