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.
The heading of Zenonia’s App Store page hails it as the return of classic action RPG[s]. While this is a lofty statement to make, GAMEVIL put their money where their mouths are and brought us a game that fulfills this statement. After a few hours under my belt, I can safely say that there is nothing to adequately compare Zenonia with that is offered in Apple’s App Store.
Appbank, somehow got ahold of Wolfenstein RPG, a game that is still dungeon slinking rather than the tasting the free air of the App Store. It appears to be a hi-resolution port of the EA title of that has been firing up good ol’ RPG action in mobile users’ hands for some time. Thankfully, before Apple pulled Wolfenstein from the App Store, Appbank got away with a nice gameplay video and some screenshots. After a bit of drooling, I can officially declare that though I know nothing official, this game WILL be The Quest meets Wolfenstein in EA flavour. Mark me for a purchase when available and if it proves to be a quality title, then shove a tasty spot aside for this RPG.
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!