The amount of anime-style RPG games already on the AppStore (as well as those on their way) is simply startling. Among the scores of such titles, gems are rare and it is getting increasingly more difficult to get noticed. FDG Entertainment however thinks they have the key – cooperation and time-travelling. Is it enough to put Across Age ™ apart from the crowd? Let’s find out!
Light-hearted levelling RPGs like Zenonia and Inotia: A Wanderer of Luone have captured the App Store’s heart. Well, it doesn’t get much lighter than Golvellius – The Valley of Doom, a throwback to the bygone days of 8-bit console RPG games. In fact, it was a hit in the late 1980′s on Sega’s Master System and has been a classic ever since. Well, thanks to its benevolent dev, DotEmu, it gets the FREE treatment. 1.3 brings a number of improvements which have been requested by users since version 1.0 and is much better. It is time to RPG the 80′s way!
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The mobile RPG engine responsible for a lot of sleepless Nazi-hunters in Wolfenstein RPG has hell-rolled the D10 to the moon. Like the original Doom II, you and your stupid team will run back to the bright shining face to despatch baddies and answer a distress call. Unlike the original, you won’t be doing it in real-time – Doom II RPG is a turn-by-turn RPG ala its predecessor, Wolfenstein RPG. Tighten up your combat boots ladies and gents, hell is a sticky icky place with icky sticky humour.
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One of the best things about the AppStore is the fact that it really gives tiny indie teams their chance at the gold. Ryan Mitchell, one of the ambitious bunch has set off to bring a new era of gameplay to the iDevice in Necromancer Rising – a reimagined version of the Diablo Hack’n’Slash concept but seen from a first person perspective. Feel free to discuss Necromancer rising in our forums.
Nothing can stop the juggernaut that is Final Fantasy. It is the RPG most perched on the top rung of anime RPG fans’ list of favourites. Not only does it play cute, it plays with incredible stories which laugh at the best creations of its rivals. Thankfully, we have a lot to look forward to as both Final Fantasy I and II are headed to the iDevice. Shall we sing collective fanfare now, or wait till after dindin? I am of the opinion that even Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars may find a shady spot to rest in till the Final Fantasy news cools down. UPDATE: FINAL FANTASY I & II have been released!
Let’s hope the legendary Square Enix outdoes itself.
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The Quest needs no introduction: it was the first real RPG on the iPhone, has already spawned 2 additions and remains among the App Store’s Best RPGs. Now, a fourth instalment to the series has sneaked onto the scene; and better than any blogging-praise is that for a limited time, it is FREE! The Quest isn’t just another mobile RPG, it is one of the best single player RPGs on any portable system. Maybe it is the best. Chillingo and Redshift have certainly stood by their product with frequent updates and many expansions. Mithril Horde can be added to your The Quest installation and played seamlessly; or it can be played on its own. Get it while its free, then get it since it continues the tradition of the App Store’s best RPG.
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Christmas is coming to the AppStore and a lot of publishers are going all-out to win over the hearts of gamers this holiday season. Chillingo have just released Seed 1– the competitor to Com2uS’ excellent Inotia: A Wanderer of Luone. And like its recent rival, it reaches high – to wrest the action/RPG crown into its own hands.
Since its grand opening, the AppStore has seen quite a number of Action/jRPG titles. Unfortunately, only a few are worth mentioning. Apart from Zenonia and more recently, Hybrid, only one other highly acclaimed title roamed App Store: the successful Chronicles of Inotia. So it’s no wonder Com2uS conjured up a sequel just in time for Christmas.
Chillingo are gunning for Zenonia this Christmas with Seed, a new anime/action RPG , which designated by the numeral “1″ may be followed up by sequels and sequels of sequels. And keeping with the holiday spirit, Chillingo have reduced the introductory price to only 2.99$ so that you can save your pennies for more holiday apps, or a pair of nice noise-cancelling headphones for your luvy. Of course, Chillingo have already published what in my opinion is the most complete RPG experience on the iDevice, The Quest. Seed may find a new hallowed spot among the App Store’s Best anime RPGs. We’ll be sure to tell you.
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Update: Our review of Inotia: A Wanderer of Luone can be found here
Over the weekend, The Chronicles of Inotia: A Wanderer of Luone bust into the App Store to confirm its spot among the best RPGs in the App Store. TouchMyApps’ review is forthcoming and we have one of our best men on the job, but suffice it to say that among the oft’ short-lived, simple anime RPGs, Luone sheds some serious skin. One of its best features is incredibly long play time which busts through dozens of hours of story play and many more on side quests. But when you’ve sussed the entire thing, Online Match-up mode is sure to pique your interest. Thank you Com2uS for continuing to innovate!
Keep an eye out for it among the hallowed in our featured article: The App Store’s Best RPG.
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