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Ash II: Shadows Chapter 1 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Sinan Kubba on January 25th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: CLASSICALLY UNEVEN
A retro RPG sequel with potential, but sadly far too unbalanced.
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Ash Gets New Custom Artwork, a Few Tweaks, and a Price Drop

Posted by Rob Rich on December 19th, 2011
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Ash was one of the first RPGs I downloaded when I was a new initiate to the wonders of iOS gaming. I recall being thoroughly impressed by the quality. Well, that quality just got a boost. The original game was released with graphics licensed from RPG Maker, but SRRN Games has replaced all of it with totally original artwork. The new style shares a few basic similarities with the older one, but overall it's a huge visual change. Especially the character portraits.

Another less obvious but still notable change has to do with the random encounters. One of the game's initial shortcomings was that there were just so freaking many of them it kind of made getting from point A to point B a pain. This has been rebalanced, so now random encounters are a bit less frequent. They'll still happen, and they're still essential to not being caught in a boss battle with one's pants down, but the decrease will go a long way to making the game more accessible and overall more fun.

Last and most important, Ash is getting an 80% prince drop for the holidays. What was once a great RPG that could be had for $4.99 is now a great RPG made slightly greater and available for a buck. One dollar. $0.99. I'd gladly recommend this game to any RPG fans at $5, but $1? That's, like, "don't even think about it just buy it" pricing. So yeah; don't even think about it, just buy it.

Five For Friday: Week of November 12, 2010

Posted by Chris Nitz on November 12th, 2010

Ash just may go down as one of the best role-playing games nobody played on the iPhone. This classic turn-based RPG features great touch controls, a huge world, throwback 16-bit visuals, and a great story. When the guys from Penny-Arcade give away codes for the game, you know there has to be some magic and fun in this game. Grab it now and watch your weekend disappear.

Strongholds: New Age:
Do you only have a few minutes and an insistent urge to throw around some cards in a strategy style game? Strongholds: New Age has your fix at the ready, complete with some 3G multiplayer goodness. There are over 100 cards to use for destroying your opponents. Every move ends with an auto save, so you can ride the elevator without fear of completely botching your game. If you like card flopping games like Orions, Magic the Gathering, or Arcomage, then there is something here for you to enjoy.

Spirits for iPad:
Spirits is a crazy new puzzle game about wind and creativity. The goal here is to guide spirits towards a goal by manipulating wind, digging tunnels, and building bridges of leaves. There are 40 gorgeously hand-drawn levels that you can work though. Try to save as many spirits as you can, and come back to save even more. Relaxing, stunning, and simple will keep players coming back for more.

Want a second monitor for your Mac, but you want to avoid digging through reviews on what works best? Why not keep your desk clutter free and use your iPad as a second monitor and save room for more coffee, or beer. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection and just a few minutes. Once set up, you can seamlessly use your iPad as a touch sensitive second monitor. That's right, according to the developers, you can even interact with Mac apps right on the iPad. So simple, yet so useful.

KORG iMS-20:
Musicians prepare yourselves as the Korg MS-20 has been fully recreated on the iPad. Not content with just putting in a complete analog synth studio, this also features a drum machine, mixer, and even the Kaoss Pad technology finds a home here. This is damn near the whole studio, minus the egg carton foam lining the walls and spit covered mic. Once your audio symphony is put together, share it online via the SoundCloud network. Who says you need to get out of bed to go to work.