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Beast Bound Review

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By Campbell Bird on July 13th, 2015
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: SHALLOW BEAST
This free-to-play game is charming, colorful, and has an interesting free-to-play strategy, but it just doesn't feel particularly deep or special.
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Find Out What Happens After the Fall of Darth Vader in Star Wars: Uprising

Posted by Jessica Fisher on June 5th, 2015

Star Wars: Uprising, by Kabam, Disney, and Lucasfilm, continues the indomintable series following "Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi" - but now it takes place before "The Force Awakens."

Dragon Blaze Review

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By Campbell Bird on June 2nd, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: MORE OF A FIZZLE
This free-to-play RPG looks fantastic, but it feels a little empty.
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Road to Dragons Review

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By Campbell Bird on March 25th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: A WELL WORN PATH
This free-to-play puzzle/RPG injects new mechanics into a proven formula, but doesn't quite hit the mark.
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RPG Rusted Emeth Review

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By Campbell Bird on February 24th, 2015
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: RUSTY MECHANICS
This role playing game does a good job of looking like its old school ancestors, but some technical flaws keep it from capturing the same magic.
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Fanatic Earth Review

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By Brittany Vincent on July 24th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BY-THE-NUMBERS
Kemco's stable of mobile RPGs grows, but in Fanatic Earth's situation it's a case of quantity over quality.
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Dragon Quest VIII Review

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By Nadia Oxford on June 3rd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: POCKET MONSTERS
Dragon Quest VIII for mobile isn't a flawless port of the PlayStation 2 masterpiece, but it's still well worth playing.
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Hunter Island Review

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By Lucy Ingram on November 14th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: CATCH. COMBINE. EVOLVE!
Hunter Island is obviously influenced by Pokemon, but still manages to truly shine in its own unique way.
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9th Dawn Review

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By Rob Rich on June 17th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: THE NEW OLDSCHOOL
Combine a large open world from a modern RPG and the elegant simplicity of a classic, and we end up with something pretty freaking awesome called 9th Dawn.
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Nameless: The Hackers Review

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By Rob Rich on May 8th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HACK THE PLANET
Nameless: The Hackers offers a legitimately interesting story and puts a unique spin on its RPG mechanics that actually works.
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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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Ark of the Ages Review

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By Rob Rich on April 1st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: LOVE/HATE
XSEED's third/first person dungeon crawler is both good and bad. At the same time, actually.
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Dungeon Lore Review

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By Rob Rich on January 30th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: OH
Dungeon Lore can be both comfortably typical and surprisingly different, but it's far too broken to appreciate either of those qualities.
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Zenonia 5 Review

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By Rob Rich on January 10th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PLAY IT.
It's got a few refinements that might need refining, but Zenonia 5 is still mostly the exemplary iOS action RPG we all expected.
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Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 is a Console-Quality iOS Game

Posted by Rob Rich on November 30th, 2012
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Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FOLLOW THE MIMES :: Read Review »

The Backstory
Both Zeboyd and Penny Arcade have had a hand in their fair share of RPGs over the past few years, but it wasn’t until recently that the two found each other and created some incredibly sweet (and utterly surreal) music together. This third entry in the Rain-Slick Precipice series marks both the Penny Arcade RPG’s first foray into “retro” territory as well as Zeboyd’s best refinement of their quirky RPG system to date. Ancient sea gods and mimes are just the beginning.

The Gameplay
One of the biggest differences between a Zeboyd RPG and a more typical example is the treatment of the combat. Health, magic, and items all reset after every fight, eliminating the need to constantly micromanage party resources. To compensate for this enemies gain strength with each passing turn, lending a sense of urgency and increased strategy to every combat scenario. What makes Rain-Slick 3 so much fun (aside from the rampant Penny Arcade humor) is the emphasis on multi-classing. Finding the right combination of character abilities can lead to some incredibly satisfying victories, and the way everything resets after every battle makes experimentation far less grueling.

How does it Compare?
The original Rain-Slick 3 made its debut on both Steam and Xbox Live Indie Games, and felt right at home on both platforms. It’s wonderfully retro while at the same time incredibly modern and accessible. And all of that “magic” has been retained in the iOS version. All the humor, the unique mechanics, the splendid visuals, and so on have made the transition almost seamlessly. The only real difference between the mobile version and its console/PC brethren - aside from the smaller screen and blessed portability - is the interface, which has been adjusted for touch controls. And save the rather garish virtual stick, it’s very near flawless.

One of the things I love most about Rain-Slick 3 on iOS is that it’s not an “inferior” version like some ports tend to be. All the bonus content (alternate appearance packs, Lair of the Seamstress DLC, etc) is included, and it’s received just as much post-release support as the other platforms. The fact that it’s a fantastic game even without prior knowledge of any inside jokes or experience with the previous two titles makes it all the more noteworthy.

*NOTE: “Console-quality” refers to the quality of the experience, not just the graphics. This is about the depth of gameplay, content, and in some cases how accurately it portrays the ideals of its console counterpart.*