For those of you that smiled at the title of this review chances are you were either a fan of computer games in the mid to late 90’s, who logged a serious amount of hours with the RPG Diablo from Blizzard Entertainment or you shared a room with someone who did (Possibly going clinically insane in the process). I’m aware of a few individuals who had to replace their mouse on more than one occasion and know of one individual who had to drop an entire semester of classes in college due to the amount of time spent playing. So after seeing the first footage of Underworlds from developer Pixel Mine, Inc. creep onto the internet, I along with a number of gamers dared to ask, “Has Diablo come home to my iDevice.” Were we right? Read on to find out.
Update: We’re giving away 5 copies of CozyQuest. Be sure to check here for more info! (Contest runs May4th – May 8th)
Role Playing and Massively Multiplayer Online fans have consistently made up a large base of computer and console software sales in the last 10 years. Recently, the iDevice became home to a slew of so called “MMO” games infiltrating the App Store. These applications include iMob, Undead Live, Vampires Live, Dungeon Quest and iQuest. They all have one thing in common; they are not real MMOs. CozyQuest is the first actual evolving MMORPG that has redefined the MMO genre for the iDevice and one that has arrived not a moment too soon.
Yeah, a little YouTubing around the ol’ world wide web and I happened on a few exciting videos that prove Tag Games are really up to something beyond hyping a product that Apple are holding onto! Well, we all knew that anyway, but this four-part video diary gets dirty with plot, design, music and gameplay and what really sets Car Jack apart from both its competitors and its forbears.
I bought iQuest from Better Day Wireless then I first laid my eyes on it in the iTunes App Store. It is a real Fantasy MMO (Massively Multi-player Online) with Role playing elements in it! iQuest is a much more serious MMO in my eyes than the dime a dozen iMafia & iMob. It is a refreshing and intelligent app and the first MMO of its kind in the app store. It looks pretty grandiose, so let’s see if it lives up to expectations.
Zenonia, created and published by Gamevil, makes me proud to be a Korean. With their headquarters in Seoul, Korea, they helped solidify both the iPhone and iTouch as serious handheld gaming devices with their masterful port of Baseball Superstars 2009. They are seeking to set the standard of excellence in another fledgling iDevice genre: RPGs.
I have to admit, it’s been a while since I’ve played a game like this. You see, good top-down-space-shooters (if this is a genre of gaming) are tough to come by. Even more so, it’s tough to find them in the AppStore. Yet, here is The VOID waiting to take its place alongside other worthy games in this sub-genre. Let me just say, apart from any and every exaggeration, The VOID is definitely worth your money.
On the Rocks Productions‘ other upcoming title looks to probe an untasted genre at the App Store: Action RPG. While more preliminary screenshots and artwork than a true preview morsel, my mouth is watering. Fans of Diablo and its clones should rush around Legend of Amon that looks to draw heavily from a dark and artistic muse.
Gentle reader, let me impress upon you illumination I have discovered: Redshift’s The Quest is the RPG we have been waiting for in the App Store. In fact, in my long searches I have found it to be the best RPG I have yet played on any portable gaming system. My friends, it should be considered the benchmark for RPG makers to follow: classic and deep; methodical and detailed; it is a true role-playing experience among portable RPG’s that are nothing but shallow hack and slash weapon-building adventures.
RPGs have alway been a staple of the gaming environment. From the Final Fantasies and Dragon Quests to games such as Betrayal at Krondor and the newer Fable. These have helped in the satiation of the hack-n-slash, monster killing, hero building desires that permeate all virile men. The AppStore’s RPG library, while meager, is starting to fill out in the genre’s various forms. Dungeon & Hero, to this extent, stands as one of the few Diablo-esque games developers have yet to offer. Despite this link to the legendary game, Dungeon & Hero’s qualities does give it its own taste and flavor.
The Quest – 3D Fantasy RPG is a simply titled game from Redshift and published by Chillingo that looks to follow the classic formula for a PC RPG, not a console cartoon stat monger adventure like the myriad of Square/Enix knock offs. The Quest has been on Windows Mobile and Palm for some time but has finally made it to a superior platform and for only 5.99$. If you are fans of the Elder Scrolls, Ultima Underworld and of course Sierra’s genre defining, Betrayal at Krondor, this new RPG should appeal to you.
Notably however, its graphics are far richer than any of the classics listed above and you can play from the comfort of your iPhone or iPod touch. I know I have waited for a release of a real RPG since the App Store’s inception. Count me as one who is waiting for this game to be bloody amazing.
More Pickies and Chillingo’s video after the jump!