You know, when Diablo first came out on the PC in 1996 it not only started a revolution in the industry, but in many lives as well. I had to go to extreme, and I do mean EXTREME lengths to play it since my home computer bailed out, screaming something about video card incompatibility (yep, those were the days before DirectX was a standard). So I had to go to a nearby computer shack and cut a deal with them. I did some minor work and in return I was allowed to play the game on one of their demo machines. How’s that for a legendary game! Honestly, looking at the overall quality of games on the “Jesus” phone I never really expected to see even a decent incarnation of Diablo-style gameplay for at least a couple more years. But Dungeon Hunter swept away my doubt…
Hey you, happy campers. I’m sure that ever since Elven Chronicles came out you have been dying to read the review by the amazing, wonderful, and unrivalled… Me! Well, your prayers have been answered! You know, it still surprises me that the general quality of RPG games on the relatively powerful iPhone shames the hallowed three letters. When I was given the opportunity to review Elven Chronicles, I got the feeling that this could be the turnaround for the genre on our favourite platform. Was I right? Well, you’ll be the judge of that…
Big Blue Bubble, an experienced dev team who are also responsible for the upcoming Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain on the Nintendo DS, have just released Elven Chronicles for the iPhone/iPod Touch. This well received RPG first made rounds on mobile phones as a Java based game a few years back and was even the winner of Pop Vox’s Best Mobile Game award.
Elven Chronicles puts the player in the shoes of a young knight, fighting to discover the secrets of his forgotten past, and a charismatic elf on quest for self redemption. With a massive 20 hours of captivating story, vast territories to explore, randomly generated dungeons, and gorgeous, hand drawn enemies and characters, Elven Chronicles will keep even the most seasoned RPG’er engaged.
While the App Store has yet to see premium (and best selling) RPGs like Zelda and Final Fantasy, there have been plenty of quality RPGs that have made their way to the iDevice (see our round up of the best App Store RPGs here). Needless to say, Big Blue Bubble have high hopes for Elven Chronicles on the iPlatform and another successful run of this port will be icing on their cake. Stay tuned for Chiffan’s review of this promising title and in the meantime, check out more screenies and gameplay trailer after the jump.
Big Blue Bubble, Elven Chronicles, $3.99, 7.4
No, we are not full time a gaming site, but damn, there are so many hot looking gaming titles out there. One of the morst exciting current projects is Ravensword: The Fallen King, a game which takes gaming hints from greats such as the The Elder Scrolls and the Nintendo adventure, Zelda. Indeed, this action RPG which is slated for release this month is half platformer, half RPG and sure to be gobbled up at the App Store.
I remember the good old days in university… ah my Alma-mater! The insightful lectures, the engaging seminars… Yeah, right. More like the long boring sermonic chit chats from old fogies. And after classes we must have spent hours in the dorm huddled around an old PC playing Heroes of Might & Magic 3. It was and still is one the best games of all time and is the unrivaled party game up there with the great Worms series.
Yesterday, we saw the release of perhaps one of the most beloved FPS of all time in Duke Nukem 3D for the iDevice. Today, another classic FPS has been brought back to life in the form of Wolfenstein RPG (published by gaming giant Electronic Arts). This reincarnation of Wolfenstein as a turn based adventure title was first enjoyed across various mobile platforms in late 2008, and even appeared briefly at the App Store back in May (Japan) before it was rumored to have been pulled for fear that players would confuse it with id Software’s earlier release of Wolfenstein Classic 3D.
You are Sergeant B.J. Blazkowicz, leader of an elite U.S. fighting unit on a Special Ops assignment. Your call to duty is to save the world from the grip of the evil Axis Army that dwells in Castle Wolfenstein. Fight your way through a freakish bestiary of zombies, mutations, elite soldiers and more. Use your boots, fists and toilets to kick, punch and pummel your enemies to a pulp. Inflict serious damage with weapons such as a flamethrower, a rocket launcher, and a Tesla! GET READY FOR ACTION IN WOLFENSTEIN RPG…
If Wolfenstein and RPGs tickle your fancy, this latest id Software/EA offering may just be what the doctor ordered. Have a look at the gameplay video after the jump to see if its remotely worth your hard earned moola.
Electronic Arts, Wolfenstein RPG, $4.99, 32.9
Are you a fan of MMO games? Well I’m not, lol. The idea of a game being designed around one is probably one of the furthest things from my want list. Until now. Developed around their popular MMORTS, SAGA Catapult is a defense style game from Silverlode Interactive. Taking design and character elements from the the pc based SAGA, “Catapult” sports a very well designed interface and responsive controls. Although it may not get me into the MMO genre, it definitely has reminded me to not judge a book by it’s cover.
We’ve already previewed/reviewed the game, held a nice giveaway and even interviewed the bright minds of Gamevil right at the heart of their Seoul Headquarters. So what else is there to cover about Zenonia? The Lite version of course! Gamevil has just sent word that Zenonia Lite is here and now available at the App Store. That’s right folks, the iDevice’s best ARPG can be downloaded free for all to see what the fuss is all about. This version features:
- Total 8 playable main & sub quests
- Full feature play in the village of Alyes
- Normal and rare items available among 5 item classes.
By the looks of it, Zenonia Lite still offers quite a bit for gamers to sink their teeth into. I’d even say that it’d be surprising NOT to see if this one make it to #1 on the Free Apps chart in the very near future. Do yourself a favor and check it out if you haven’t already done so.
Let me state this up-front, I haven’t finished Mecho Wars. I’ve been playing it for many hours, stretched over many days, and have gotten a fantastic amount of enjoyment out of the game – but if I wait until I complete it to write this review, I don’t know if I’ll ever get the review done. But the bottom line is, if you’re at all interested in this type of game, Mecho Wars is a great example for your iDevice.
If you are a fan of the hugely popular Zenonia, you will undoubtedly enjoy the 1.1 update which was just released yesterday. As testament to the RPG’s popularity, there is already a growing number of reviews for the update at the App Store that praise the game and its much-needed updates. Check out Young’s great review of Zenonia if you have not had a chance to play yet and our interview with a Gamevil assasin. Of course I am already tooling around the world listening to Armin van Buuren rather than the somewhat repetitive tunes of Zenonia’s world thanks to their BGM updates and iTunes playback, but some of the other updates are just as good.
- D-Pad Control updated (wider touch area and transparencies added)
- Inventory navigation improved
- Sound – optional BGM on/off and playback of iTunes content
- Balancing durability/hunger time adjusted
- Typos and minor glitches
Gamevil, Zenonia, 5.99$, 9.5MB