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It Turns Out that Upcoming JRPG, Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey, will be a Premium Release

Posted by Rob Rich on August 11th, 2015

Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey is a promising-looking JRPG that's headed to the App Store thanks to kobojo - and if the involvement of Final Fantasy VII writerKazushige Nojima and Final Fantasy Tactics composerHitoshi Sakimoto weren't enough to get you interested, how does a shift from free-to-play to a premium release sound?

Dragon Quest VI Review

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By Jennifer Allen on June 30th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GRIPPING ADVENTURE
Dragon Quest VI is a great example of the RPG genre.
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A Remake of Ancient Ys Vanished: Omen is Coming to iOS

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 22nd, 2015

DotEmu has announced that they are bringing a remake of the classic JRPG,Ys, to mobile devices.

Chain Chronicle Gets the HD Treatment for Retina Display and a Story Content Update

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 25th, 2015
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Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: WARRIOR CHESS :: Read Review »

Gumi has recently updated their JRPG, Chain Chronicle. The update adds HD quality Retina visuals with an aspect ratio of 4:3 to fit the iPad and to give you crystal clear graphics.

You can also enjoy Chapter 9, which includes a new story. The Round-Table Conference is gathering representatives from all over Yggdra, and Phoena discovers a shocking secret about the Black King. Along with the new chapter you'll get new weapons such as the Skull Rod and Ideal Wand, and new Chain Story quests featuring Silver Wolf Guide Barienna and Thousand Rivers Warrior Jedah. There is also a new 5 star Flame Swordswoman named Sonya.

There is a ton of new content to explore, so download Chain Chronicle today for free to check it out.

A Bunch of KEMCO JRPGs are on Sale for $0.99

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 24th, 2015

KEMCO has announced a special sale for four of its RPGs. Right now you can get Shelterra the Skyworld, Infinite Dunamis, Rusted Emeth, and Fortuna Magus, all for $0.99. Most of the games cost between $8 to $9 normally, so this sale is kind of a big deal.

The sale starts today and will only be around for a limited time, so download your KEMCO games now.

Dragon Quest V Review

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By Jennifer Allen on January 26th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CLASSIC RPGING
Dragon Quest V is arguably one of the finest installments in the series so, yes, you should get it.
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Dragon Quest III Review

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By Jennifer Allen on December 18th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DATED BUT NOT WITHOUT MERIT
A walk down memory lane isn't foolproof for Dragon Quest III, but it has its merits.
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Dragon Quest II Review

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By Andrew Fisher on October 30th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: THINE QUEST CONTINUETH!
Dragon Quest 2 is another quality remake of one of the progenitors to the modern JRPG.
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There's a Big Sale on Kemco Games Going on Right Now

Posted by Jessica Fisher on June 19th, 2014

KEMCO, the Japanese mobile game publisher, has announced that 3 of their mobile games are going on sale today. You can pick up Symphony of the Origin, Silver Nornir, and Chronus Arc for only $0.99 each.

The sale starts today and will run until June 25. Now is  great time to check out these 3 JRPG's.

Looks Like Record of Agarest War Snuck its Way onto the App Store While Nobody was Looking

Posted by Rob Rich on May 15th, 2014
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Popular tactical RPG Record of Agarest War started out on consoles, and was brought to Android, but now it's finally on iOS.

In a somewhat surprising move, the game was released to the App Store with very little fanfare. Still, it's here now so why not check it out? All the hours upon hours of gameplay, massive combos, monster capturing, giving birth to the next generation's hero (for up to 5 generations), and more are present and accounted for - it's just been shrunk down. Pretty cool, right? It's a wonder nobody's been talking about it.

You can grab Record of Agarest War off the App Store now for $14.99. Additional dungeon DLC and in-app purchases are available.

* Over 100 hours of gameplay
* 59 outstanding soundtracks
* Full 720p HD graphic assets
* 40 cut scene videos
* Fully voice acted with 16,000 character voices
* Over 400 different Magic spells and Battle skills
* Over 400 Enemies and Characters
* Capture monsters to join your army
* Story stretching 5 Generations of heroes
* Enhanced battle system including combo system, break and overkill
* Support for full touch interface, virtual on screen controller and iCade support
* Automatic save backup to iCloud.
* Support for Leaderboards and Achievements through Game Center.
* Language: English text with Japanese voices.
* Airplay support
* universal application

Final Fantasy VI Review

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By Jennifer Allen on February 10th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: EXCEPTIONAL RPGING
One of the finest JRPGs comes to iOS and it's a sublime release, despite a few quibbles.
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Tales of Phantasia Review

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By Lucy Ingram on January 23rd, 2014
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: SOUL-CRUSHINGLY TERRIBLE
The storyline is excellent, and the voice-acting spot-on, but Tales of Phantasia is unbelievably let down by its free-to-play model and terrible controls.
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End Of Aspiration Review

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By Jennifer Allen on July 25th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: COMFORT JRPG
Playing it safe, End of Aspiration might lack inspiration at times, but it's still a kind of comfort gaming for JRPG fans.
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Symphony of the Origin Review

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By Rob Rich on April 9th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GOOD GAME
It'll take more than a terrible script with horribly awkward dialog to derail this impressive JRPG.
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RPG Aeon Avenger Review

Posted by Rob Rich on February 25th, 2013
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Developer: Kemco
Price: $2.99
Version: 1.0.1
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar

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I’m always a bit leery of starting up a “traditional” iOS RPG. It’s not that I dislike the subgenre; it’s just that the results are typically hit or miss. Usually miss. Sticking with the awkward baseball analogy, RPG Aeon Avenger is like one of those overly dramatic moments in a sports movie where the batter looks like they’re going to miss, but they tag the ball anyway. They don’t necessarily hit a home run but at least they aren’t out. Well it makes sense in my mind, anyway.

Aeon Avenger is a lot like playing an awkward RPG styled after Chrono Trigger. An unlikely hero gets swept up in an adventure spanning multiple time periods, never leaving his world, per se, but seeing it in several different states over the centuries. In Lake’s case (yes, his name is Lake) it all begins when his family is slain by a mysterious man who can control monsters. With the aid of a wandering swordsman and a time-traveling sorceress, he sets out to put an end to the mysterious Man in Black, time paradoxes be damned.

Despite a generally simple look and some fairly uninteresting maps, Aeon Avenger does have some pretty impressive sprite work both for the portraits and enemies. It also uses an interesting system that allows any character to equip any weapon type, but they’re also most effective with their preferred implement. Different enemies also have particular weaknesses to certain weapons so it can sometimes pay off to switch things up a bit. In addition to the weapon system there are a number of skills that can be equipped to a given item to grant its wielder additional abilities. Of course not all skills can be used with all weapons but it’s a nice way to really diversify the group.

As I’ve mentioned the maps are rather bland, but the overly sensitive movement controls (complete with overly restrictive hitboxes for the virtual stick) make them even more of a drag to navigate through. After a while I gave up on exploring because it was so bad, and I love exploring. It’s also a shame that the script is so awkward. I didn’t notice many actual errors in the dialog, but it just doesn’t read all that well and the overall story is rather hard to get invested in. And what’s up with having to go into the “Status” menu to equip things? Why not, I dunno, use the “Equip” tab in the “Tools” menu instead?

I can’t honestly call RPG Aeon Avenger the next big iOS RPG, but it’s certainly not a bad entry into the genre. The story isn’t exactly captivating and the combat is fairly standard, but it does make use of an interesting equipment system that’s worth experimenting with.