[Updated!] There's a mind-boggling number of role-playing games available for your iPhone and iPad, but a good portion of them aren't worth the money or investing the time playing them. So we put together a spread of worthwhile iOS titles that cover all the major RPG styles, and some that may seem unusual but are totally worth the price.
If current trends hold their course, it looks as though we may end up with that highly anticipated iOS port of Final Fantasy VII after all. But first we're being treated to Final Fantasy VI, which makes its first appearance on the App Store today (well, following yesterday's sudden appearance on the New Zealand app store).
It's been an awfully long time since there was a new entry in the Ultima series, and even longer since the venerable RPG franchise was on an Apple platform. Its reappearance on iOS – as a free-to-play game, no less – might seem like a low-key comeback for a property that once helped pioneer computer role-playing games, but underneath its casual-looking exterior lurks a fun (if simple) dungeon-crawling MMO.
Long languished in comparative obscurity over its more commercially attractive namesake, War of the Lions isn’t concerned with JRPG tropes -- instead it’s a labyrinthine design of political drama, familial politics, and intrigue that just happens to have a touch of Square’s marquee role-playing series embedded within.
Games, games, games. The more you play, the more you enjoy, the better you feel. Mac gaming hasn't always been a priority for game publishers, but with digital distribution platforms like Steam and the Mac App Store, the world's made it easier to buy a game, download it and then play it right away. So if you're ready for it, from free to five bucks to full-priced must-plays, here are 10 top-shelf games every Mac gamer should be playing right now.
And if you were alive during medieval times, your parents would encourage you to form a heavily armed party, go out into the world, use weapons and magic to achieve your goals and to rise to the loftiest heights of society.
Which is essentially the core premise of Dragon Age II, BioWare's epic role-playing title in which you take on the role of Hawke, an escapee from the land of Ferelden, to resettle in the city-state of Kirkwall as a refugee and freelance mercenary. Over the next decade, your character rises to power and influence, becoming the city's hero as well as directly involved with political and social tensions throughout the city.
We’ve all made plans for what we’d do if we were dropped on a postapocalyptic desert world with nothing but our keen wits and a vast arsenal to survive. Or you’ve made these plans if you’ve watched The Road Warrior more than once recently…
In Battleheart, you control a group of adventurers as they make their way through monster-infested locations while recruiting additional members, getting more powerful, and finding or buying better equipment. Sounds like a typical role-player, but Battleheart stands out thanks to its friendly cartoonish artwork, and the simple but very well done animation.
Chaos Rings comes from the vaunted publisher behind console role-playing greats Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, and this iPhone and iPad exclusive crams the same animation, engrossing storyline, and game mechanics of Square Enix’s hits into a smaller form factor. In Chaos Rings, you’ll choose a two-person team and guide them around the perilous dungeons with the intuitive touch-anywhere joystick controls, and the game is fairly easy for newcomers to the RPG genre, though be sure to save often so you don’t lose your progress after a tough battle!
Summertime is almost over, and you know what that means. The weather is going to get grim pretty soon, and with all of those rainy days you'll definitely want to stay inside and enjoy a rousing game of--wait for it--Dungeons and Dragons! Or perhaps there's another tabletop game out there that you find engaging, like the Pokemon card game. Anyway, we were once on a quest to catch 'em all, too. And boy, do we wish we had our Mac, iPhone and iPad along to help us sort things out. Fewer nerd fights would have been had.