Just a couple days after the prequel to the highly successful iPhone RPG Chaos Rings was launched, Square Enix is back to tout the release of a sequel to the original game. Sony may be trying to piggyback news of their games on top of each other in an attempt to stay in the news, but we couldn't care less when the games look/are so good.
Yesterday's revelation that PopCap would be debuting a new version of Plants vs Zombies exclusively in China was a bit of a surprise to us. Just a day later we're now getting word that PopCap will also be debuting a completely new service in Japan next.
As we reported late last month, it appears that the single best iOS RPG on the planet (Earth), Chaos Rings, will be getting a prequel release tonight. The game has already released in New Zealand which signifies that it's on its way around the globe, arriving in App Stores world-wide around midnight in that respective time zone.
At the same time as Square Enix is expanding on its existing franchises on iOS, they're also rolling out a brand new franchise called Imaginary Range. The new product is being called a game-comic hybrid. In other words its mostly a comic book, but with interactive elements to try to capture some of the many gaming fans on iOS as well.
In case you missed it last year, Chaos Rings was one of the very best RPGs ever to be released on the iOS platform. Even after the release of Final Fantasy III, it's still probably the best. Made by Square Enix (the legendary purveyors of fine RPGs like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest,) it was one of the first iOS games to truly justify a high $13 price tag. Now, apparently Square Enix found some success with the title because they're expanding the series with two brand new games.
Late last month, iOS gamers got a very nice treat in the form of Final Fantasy III, an enhanced version of the classic role-playing game from RPG juggernaut Square Enix. It came with a hefty price tag though, and at $15.99 it was one of the more expensive games to be released lately. Today Square Enix launched a new iPad native version of the game with a still heftier price tag.
In yet another signal that the iPhone has become one of the go-to platforms for high-quality Japanese role-playing games, Square Enix announced today that they have released an enhanced version of one of their classic games to the App Store. It's already passed Apple inspection and is available now. Square has positioned itself as essentially the only major player in the genre on iOS and is even more fully dominating with the release of Final Fantasy III under their belt.
Late last week, some rumors began to circulate that Final Fantasy III would soon be getting an iPhone port. However, that's where the news stopped. Two problems arose: A) the news was based off of a scan of a japanese magazine that nobody could read to confirm the news, and B) nobody knew whether the game (if it existed at all) was coming to territories outside of Japan. Today Square Enix offered an official word on the matter, and we can all rejoice in the knowledge that one of the lost Final Fantasy games will find its way to North America on the iPhone.
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!
With this week's news about Nintendo's new offerings--like the 3DS and the rejuvenation of a plethora of popular titles from the Nintendo 64--iPhone and iPod touch users might be asking themselves if it's time to go back to console gaming. And while most mobile iDevice users probably have an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 collecting dust somewhere in the house, it's not guaranteed that all of them have had a chance to even mess with the Nintendo DS.
With the knowledge that Nintendo may never bring their popular Mario and Zelda titles to the App Store, we scoped out thirteen Nintendo DS games that had equal or better equivalents in the App Store so that you don't have any handheld envy. Plus, games sold in the App Store are so much more affordable. Read on for a list of wonderful, and often heralded, game titles that will surely fill up your iPhone or iPod touch with plenty of fun games to play.