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Arena of Heroes Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on July 3rd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GOOD GAME
A lot of people are familiar with MOBAs at this point, but how many of them have played one that's turn-based?
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Legacy of a Thousand Suns Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on June 28th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: THE GREAT BEYOND
This ambitious freemium MMO is a lot more compelling than it probably looks.
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Total Domination: Reborn Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on June 28th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FOR ENTHUSIASTS ONLY
Total Domination: Reborn does a lot of things right but the PvP elements feel a bit too extreme.
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Solstice Arena Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on June 14th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BRB
Solstice Arena is a very solid attempt at a mobile MOBA, but actually playing against other people can be a chore.
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World of Aircraft Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on May 28th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FLY THE EMPTY SKIES
This rather goofy arcade shooter has its heart in the right place, but its servers are another matter.
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Frozen Synapse Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Rob Rich on May 20th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A GOOD DUST-UP
The slightly weird PC strategy game has crept onto the iPad and made itself right at home.
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Las Vegas! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on May 9th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: HIGH ROLLER
Roll some dice, place some bets, and hopefully come out on top in this iOS adaptation of a family-friendly board game.
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Dragon Eternity Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jordan Minor on April 5th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MOTHER OF DRAGONS
At last, a free-to-play MMO that isn't just interested in cold, hard cash.
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Mini Golf MatchUp Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By David Rabinowitz on March 25th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PUTT PUTT
Enjoy a fun round of mini-golf against friends in Mini Golf MatchUp.
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Battle for Niria Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on March 25th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: NEEDS MORE WORK
This online puzzle rpg could use a bit more time in the oven.
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Order & Chaos Duels Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on March 21st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ANGRY CARDS
Order & Chaos Duels is a beautiful and fun strategic card game at its core, but the solo campaign is horribly unbalanced.
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Please Stay Calm - Zombie Apocalypse Survival MMO RPG Revew

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on March 11th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: KEEP CALM AND KILL ZOMBIES
Search the neighborhood for supplies and desperately fight off the zombie horde in familiar local spots in this apocalyptic MMO.
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Big Fish Bingo Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jordan Minor on March 8th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CHICKEN LEGS
Pretty much what one could expect from a bingo game.
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Mad Merx: Nemesis Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on March 1st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: NEEDS MORE TRAINING
Mad Merx: Nemesis takes a while to ramp up and suffers from some fairly problematic latency issues, but it still has its moments. On occasion.
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Travel the Winding Roads of Britannia Once More in Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar

Posted by Rob Rich on February 19th, 2013

I’ve only ever positively associated two franchises with the word “Avatar.” The first is the fantastic animated series on Nickelodean (watch it if you haven’t yet, seriously), and the second is Ultima. It was never quite as huge an RPG franchise as Final Fantasy, but it’s got more than enough die-hard fans to justify an iOS rekindling. Hence the upcoming Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar.

For those unfamiliar with the series it’s essentially a fantasy action RPG set in the same world (Britannia) but with ever changing threats. Each game also stars a legendary hero known as The Avatar. Hence the title. Ultima Foraver is set over twenty years after the events of Ultima IV with Lord British stepping down from the throne and his progeny, Lady British, taking over. The land is once again in peril and once again in need of The Avatar. A horrible disease referred to as “the Black Weep” is slowly consuming the land; turning people into monsters, ugly-ing up the countryside, and generally being a nuisance. Players must combat the Weep while also conditioning their character to become the next Avatar if Britannia is to have any hope of survival (Spoiler Alert: the series has currently already crossed into double-digits).

Ultima Forever is going to be an online RPG, but without all the rampant ganking found in Ultima Online (thank goodness). The focus this time is on co-op, with up to four players able to team up to take on an assortment of the game’s dungeons. Dungeons that scale in difficulty, depending on the number of participants of course. The number of players can also have an effect on what areas can be accessed as certain locks and other puzzles require a specific number of people present to interact with them. Combat itself is also a bit more involved with position playing a key role. Attacking from the sides and especially the back will typically do more damage, and many enemies incorporate attacks with specific hit zones that can be avoided with enough practice. And as one would expect there’s going to be loot aplenty. But this is looking to be more than a mere dungeon crawler, however.

As I’ve mentioned, there’s an emphasis on turning each player’s character into The Avatar, and to do that they need to master the Eight Virtues. Each Virtue has its own meter that fills up based on the dialog choices a player makes as well as some of the quests they complete. Once they’ve mastered all eight (no easy task as it requires building up a good reputation in all of Britannia’s many towns, among other things) they can throw their own little Avatar parade.

Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar is still a few months away with a predicted Spring release, but it’s already looking pretty sharp. And it’s going to be free-to-play, so I expect to see a lot of would-be Avatars running around Britannia when I load it up.