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Swipe & Slash Review

Swipe & Slash Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Oh, nevermind. Just another Threes! clone. What? Y-you mean Swipe & Slash is actually a fun RPG-lite dungeon hack using Threes! as a combat engine? Oh, well why didn't you say so?

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Dungeon and Girls Review

Dungeon and Girls Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Sad that there aren't more old-school dungeon hack and painfully cute anime monster girl mash-ups? Well look no further than iQuibi's Dungeon and Girls.

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Abducted Review

Abducted Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Episode one in a colossal science fiction adventure, Abduction packs in survival horror and RPG-lite elements to build upon a highly immersive storyline.

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Solstice Arena Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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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Avengers Alliance Review

Avengers Alliance Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
One of Facebook's most popular superhero games comes to iOS, albeit with a couple of nagging issues.

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Deep Dungeons of Doom Review

Deep Dungeons of Doom Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Deep Dungeons of Doom is more than just a goofy title. It's also a surprisingly great distillation of action RPG elements.

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Wanderer: War Song Review

Wanderer: War Song Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Pretty and as enticing though Wanderer might be, it's still got a long way to go on the inside.

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The Villain Review

The Villain Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
It can be difficult to truly enjoy The Villain when it's full of so many small issues, but its heart is in the right place.

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Descent: The Adventure Review

Descent: The Adventure Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Having a solid base doesn't entirely make up for the rest of this puzzle-RPG's shortcomings.

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War of Eclipse Review

War of Eclipse Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Fight to reclaim the planet from an army of gigantic mutant flying things in Game Stew's latest one-touch time killer.

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Asura Cross Review

Asura Cross Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Asura Cross isn't the most polished game out there, and the bizarre cross-over of adventure and fighting game might not interest everyone, but it can be quite fantastic if given the chance.

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Hellfire Review

Hellfire Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Hybrid games are often quite popular but not many of them manage or even attempt to combine these disparate elements so effectively.

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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.


Dragon Island Blue Review

Dragon Island Blue Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Could it be? A monster collecting and training game that doesn't limit players' involvement with arbitrary timers and pseudo-required in-app-purchases? Why yes it is!

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Angel Salvation Review

Angel Salvation Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Barring a few foibles (and an internet requirement), Angel Salvation is actually a really cool match 3 RPG.

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Epic Raiders Review

Epic Raiders Review

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It may not be the first strategy/party-focused/line-dragging RPG, but it just might be the best.

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Freemium social games are all well and good, but a number of them are decidedly lacking in certain places. Namely in action. That’s probably why it’s so easy to take notice when companies like Pangalore announce a game like Knightly Adventure.

Knightly Adventure is indeed a social game, and it does indeed possess a bunch of typical fantasy RPG elements; stuff like medieval kingdoms, quests, hostile monsters, colorful storybook-like graphics, and so on. But while it adheres to many freemium norms, it also attempts to deviate in that one key area. Amidst all the kingdom building, character customizing, friend gathering, and so on is a much more interactive action RPG approach to the quests. With the option of choosing between four character classes (swordsman, wizard, bowman, or knight) available to further sweeten the deal.

This free-to-play cross-platform (mobile, tablet, or Facebook) super-hyphenated fantasy adventure will be setting up shop in the App Store sometime next month. Presumably and preferably soon.

Pocket Heroes Review

Pocket Heroes Review

An asynchronous iOS rpg is definitely a cool idea, but as cool as this attempt at the concept can be it could still do with a bit more polish.

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Tower of Fortune Review

Tower of Fortune Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Tower of Fortune marries a slot machine with RPG mechanics to surprisingly great effect.

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Battleloot Adventure Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Strategic tapping is the name of the game in this stylish, accessible loot-fest.

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Plants War Review

Plants War Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Plants War is a reasonably fun strategy/rpg-lite hybrid, but it feels like too much content is gated behind freemium economics.

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Battle Frontier: The Adventures of Arthur Review

Battle Frontier: The Adventures of Arthur Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
I'm not entirely sure how to categorize Battle Frontier: The Adventures of Arthur. It's not quite an RPG, strategy or action game. I dunno, does the App Store have a tag for "Awesome?"

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Dark Meadow Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Dark Meadow is one beautiful horror/action/slasher/rpg/thriller that NEEDS buying.

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