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, $3.99, 7.4
You know, I must have spent ages on my ancient PC (a crusty 286) playing the big arcade hit: Golden Axe. Years later, I remember it as an amazing blend of side-scrolling action arcade and fighting. Now, what would you get if you mixed that relic with some good ol’ RPG elements? A hybrid? No, THE HYBRID! Introducing the latest epic adventure from the makers of the famous Zenonia, Hybrid: Eternal Whisper.
No, we are not full time a gaming site, but damn, there are so many hot looking gaming titles out there. One of the morst exciting current projects is Ravensword: The Fallen King, a game which takes gaming hints from greats such as the The Elder Scrolls and the Nintendo adventure, Zelda. Indeed, this action RPG which is slated for release this month is half platformer, half RPG and sure to be gobbled up at the App Store.
If you are a fan of the hugely popular Zenonia, you will undoubtedly enjoy the 1.1 update which was just released yesterday. As testament to the RPG’s popularity, there is already a growing number of reviews for the update at the App Store that praise the game and its much-needed updates. Check out Young’s great review of Zenonia if you have not had a chance to play yet and our interview with a Gamevil assasin. Of course I am already tooling around the world listening to Armin van Buuren rather than the somewhat repetitive tunes of Zenonia’s world thanks to their BGM updates and iTunes playback, but some of the other updates are just as good.
- D-Pad Control updated (wider touch area and transparencies added)
- Inventory navigation improved
- Sound – optional BGM on/off and playback of iTunes content
- Balancing durability/hunger time adjusted
- Typos and minor glitches
Gamevil, Zenonia, 5.99$, 9.5MB
For a while, I felt like I was searching for something that I couldn’t quite grasp. It seemed that so many games I’ve played had some of the elements that were great, but were lacking in other areas. It’s almost as if there was this meta-uber game that resided in the back of my mind that has yet to see fruition. With Isotope: A Space Shooter, I feel that I have gotten one step closer to playing that meta-uber game of my imagining… and this is praise indeed.
Vay’s story begins when Prince Heibelger (the main character) is about to marry a beautiful lady with a mysterious past, but during the wedding, the castle is stormed by the army of Danek (The staple bad guy) with technology too great for the defenses. A lot of people were killed that day, including some very close to Heibelger. But, his bride’s kidnapping seemingly was the entire purpose of the attack. Now what about the bride did the Danek want so badly? Heibelger vows to get her back, and take out vengeance on the Danek Empire.
These lads have at least two big reasons to smile: their company, are stomping all over the App Store with games like Zenonia and Baseball Superstars 2009 and have been stomping all over the Korean handset market for years with over 50 games. Dedicated to mobile gaming since inception, Gamevil have a unique, storied and urbane approach to the market which has garnished their corporate resume with top sellers and awards.
And today, I set foot into their Holy of Holies.
The face of the best yet…
I love RPG’s and fantasy adventure games. My first love was the simple, but action-riddled 8-bit Zelda. Later, my love for digital fantasy ( … ) grew to encompass games that more accurately reflected role playing: Ultima, Might and Magic and The Elder Scrolls. After completing several large games, I turned to the Super Nintendo (SNES) and some classic Japanese-style RPG’s: Final Fantasy, Gaia, Secret of Mana and Dragon Quest.
Which is best? Well, they all are good, but you have to be right for the game. For the light-hearted adventurer, we have a sub-genre headed up by Zenonia and for the seemy-action slayer, Raven Sword, Aralon, and Dungeon Hunter. For the more callous adventurer role-player, there is The Quest.