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Excalibur Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Arron Hirst on February 19th, 2014
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: SAVE THE PRINCESS!
Excalibur's promise as a free-to-play action RPG is evident, and it's use of IAPs are also surprisingly non-invasive. Unfortunately, it offers little of value over other action RPGs.
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Legend of Equip Pants Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lucy Ingram on December 2nd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A PUNTASTIC NEW PANTSVENTURE
Ludicrously bizarre, yet just too good to pass up, Legend of Equip Pants sends players on the most challenging adventure yet: to find some underwear.
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Bamba Toys Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Amy Solomon on October 9th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ACTION FIGURE BUILDER
Bamba Toys is a fun interactive roleplaying app allowing children to create their own action figures.
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Nameless: The Hackers Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
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

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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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Dungeon Lore Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
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

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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.*


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Knights of Pen and Paper Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on November 5th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: I WANNA CAST MAGIC MISSILE!
Knights of Pen and Paper puts players in the unique position of acting as both Dungeon Master and Adventurer in a tabletop RPG, and it's ridiculously awesome.
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Rage of the Gladiator Fights its Way from the Wii to iOS

Posted by Rob Rich on November 1st, 2012

I unfortunately missed out on the chance to play Rage of the Gladiator when it was originally released on the Wii, despite my legitimate interest. Luckily I’ve gotten a second chance because Gamelion is porting it over to iOS devices as a fully re-mastered and arguably definitive version.

The basic story is that Gracius, the main character and gladiator extraordinaire, is fighting for his freedom and for revenge against those who’ve slain his father. How? By cutting a swathe through a horde of inhuman bosses. Anyone who’s played Infinity Blade will be familiar with the adapted control scheme (tap arrows to dodge left/right, tap buttons to block, swipe to attack), but combat in Rage of the Gladiator feels decidedly more arcade-like than Epic’s, well, epic. Attack and response time is a bit faster, fights are broken up into three “rounds” much like a boxing match, and there are a number of weapons and skills to unlock and purchase as you progress.

Again, while Rage of the Gladiator is indeed similar to that other popular swipe fighter it’s not exactly a carbon copy. There’s a noticeable emphasis on giving each combatant their own personality, and with the addition of a jump button and some rather complex combo attacks it can be quite the ordeal to make it through a fight in decent shape. It‘s definitely a challenge but every pattern can be learned eventually and it can be exceedingly satisfying to knock a particularly bothersome foe in the jaw with a warhammer in slow motion.

Anyone interested in a first-person arcade-esque gladiatorial beat down should keep an eye on the App Store. There’s no official word on a price but Rage of the Gladiator is set to release sometime in November.

Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on October 29th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FOLLOW THE MIMES
Penny Arcade and Zeboyd's latest and greatest RPG of Weirdness has made its way to the App Store, and it's quite fantastic, despite a rather overbearing interface.
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Crossword Dungeon Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on October 26th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: A LITTLE FLAT
Role playing games and crossword puzzles mix surprisingly well, but in Crossword Dungeon's case it could've gone a bit further.
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EpicHearts Plus Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on October 22nd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EPIC NANNIES
EpicHearts isn't just another action RPG. It's another action RPG with a story that hasn't been done to death, delightful visuals, and quite the robust offering of content.
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Zenforms: Protectors Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on October 9th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: GIVE IT TIME
This monster-training RPG has some very clever ideas but it's far from complete and could use more than a few adjustments.
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Adventure of Terapets: The Crazy Scientist Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on September 24th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH?
Things in Teraland could use a bit of polish - okay a lot of polish - but that doesn't keep it from scratching that monster-catching itch.
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