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Pocket Titans Review

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Pocket Titans combines a clever RPG structure with puzzle-inspired gameplay.

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Avengers Alliance Review

Avengers Alliance Review

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One of Facebook's most popular superhero games comes to iOS, albeit with a couple of nagging issues.

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Nameless: The Hackers Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Nameless: The Hackers offers a legitimately interesting story and puts a unique spin on its RPG mechanics that actually works.

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QuestLord Review

QuestLord Review

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Getting from Point A to Point B can be a bit of a drag, but QuestLord is still a fun and accessible throwback to classic Western RPGs.

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Symphony of the Origin Review

Symphony of the Origin Review

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It'll take more than a terrible script with horribly awkward dialog to derail this impressive JRPG.

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Fantasy Quest Review

Fantasy Quest Review

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It takes a while for this kingdom to get its act together, but once it does it's worth ruling.

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RPG Aeon Avenger Review

RPG Aeon Avenger Review

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This traditional RPG isn't exactly the next big thing, but it's a decent time-sink with some interesting stuff going on under the hood.

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Dungeon Lore Review

Dungeon Lore Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
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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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.*


$2.99
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Released: 2012-10-24 :: Category: Games

Knights of Pen and Paper Review

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

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

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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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Zenforms: Protectors Review

Zenforms: Protectors Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
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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RPG Symphony of Eternity Review

RPG Symphony of Eternity Review

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It's not much of a looker, but this RPG has some interesting stuff going on under the hood.

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Dragon Island Blue Review

Dragon Island Blue Review

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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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Spectral Souls Review

Spectral Souls Review

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The epic, 100+ hour mobile strategy RPG finally makes its way to iOS. It was worth the wait.

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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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RPG Eve of the Genesis Review

RPG Eve of the Genesis Review

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Traditional old school-style RPGs certainly have their place, but there is such a thing as "too old school."

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Tower of Fortune Review

Tower of Fortune Review

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Tower of Fortune marries a slot machine with RPG mechanics to surprisingly great effect.

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In some ways the original Shadowrun was a little before my time. Only a little, though. I was actually just too young to appreciate tabletop role playing games when I was eight. But I did appreciate the kick-ass SNES video game spin-off, and I even managed to come back to (and run) the pen and paper original in high school. Like many people I have very fond memories of street samurai and wage mages, so the news that Jordan Weisman (the original creator) plans to bring it back to PC, Mac, and tablets fills me with glee and makes me squeal like an excited school girl. Complete with jumping up and down repeatedly.

As is the apparently very successful trend right now, Harebrained Schemes has taken their idea to the Kickstarter community instead of a publisher. Ordinarily I’d try to rally the troops in an attempt to ensure that they meet their goal but that’s already happened. Like, a while ago. The developer is already at three times their goal to start working on the turn-based, player-driven RPG. That’s not to say that people should stop donating, though. If they can make another 200K or so (reaching 1.75 million) then Physical Adepts will be added. As one of many who have “seen” what physical adepts are capable of, this excites me.

The project still has a little over two days before it’s finished so we all have time to make our pledges. Virtually all of the game is pure speculation at this point, but I have every confidence in Mr. Weisman and his team. And I could not be looking forward to raiding mega corporations more.

[Via Kickstarter]

Battleloot Adventure Review

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Strategic tapping is the name of the game in this stylish, accessible loot-fest.

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Adventure Bar Story Review

Adventure Bar Story Review

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By all rights Adventure Bar Story should be a delightfully odd rpg romp, but it feels eerily lifeless.

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Ash II: Shadows Chapter 1 Review

Ash II: Shadows Chapter 1 Review

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A retro RPG sequel with potential, but sadly far too unbalanced.

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Battle Frontier: The Adventures of Arthur Review

Battle Frontier: The Adventures of Arthur Review

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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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Ash was one of the first RPGs I downloaded when I was a new initiate to the wonders of iOS gaming. I recall being thoroughly impressed by the quality. Well, that quality just got a boost. The original game was released with graphics licensed from RPG Maker, but SRRN Games has replaced all of it with totally original artwork. The new style shares a few basic similarities with the older one, but overall it’s a huge visual change. Especially the character portraits.

Another less obvious but still notable change has to do with the random encounters. One of the game’s initial shortcomings was that there were just so freaking many of them it kind of made getting from point A to point B a pain. This has been rebalanced, so now random encounters are a bit less frequent. They’ll still happen, and they’re still essential to not being caught in a boss battle with one’s pants down, but the decrease will go a long way to making the game more accessible and overall more fun.

Last and most important, Ash is getting an 80% prince drop for the holidays. What was once a great RPG that could be had for $4.99 is now a great RPG made slightly greater and available for a buck. One dollar. $0.99. I’d gladly recommend this game to any RPG fans at $5, but $1? That’s, like, “don’t even think about it just buy it” pricing. So yeah; don’t even think about it, just buy it.


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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-07-19 :: Category: Games

Morphs Review

Morphs Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Morphs does a decent job of filling the monster-raising gap, but its freemium roots hold it back from greatness.

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MinoMonsters Review

MinoMonsters Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
MinoMonsters isn't the first iOS game to try and take on Nintendo's ever-popular pocket monsters, but it's definitely the most gorgeous.

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Book of Heroes Review

Book of Heroes Review

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As a standalone RPG, Book of Heroes doesn't really break new ground, but it makes a pretty awesome free-to-play game.

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Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls Review

Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls Review

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Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls is an uncompromising RPG that's bound to please series fans and role-playing purists. Assuming they can put up with a few missteps.

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Guardian Saga Review

Guardian Saga Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Guardian Saga is nothing short of a glorious homage to the classic RPG games of yore.

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Chaos Rings Ω Review

Chaos Rings Ω Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
It's easy to think that Chaos Rings Ω is just more of the same, but those who stick with it will find it's a worthwhile RPG that can stand on its own.

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