Fully 3D RPGs is one genre that’s not too plenty in the App Store, partly due to the fact that it takes a lot of time and money. But there are some developers out there that have taken the challenge, Crescent Moon Games being the frontrunner of 3D RPGs. And they’re back for more with the release of Aralon, and I’m going to say it right off the bat: this is probably one of the best games I have ever played on my iPhone.
The story starts out with you trekking out to Taryn Ridge and talking to Sufok. You discover that your father was actually the captain of the army until he was murdered by someone within the organization. As you start taking odd jobs throughout the empire, you’ll discover that the queen was killed by the king’s right hand man Mercificus, as he is actually a demon most likely waiting to take over and pour out his evil over the entire empire.
So basically your job: find a way to kill Mercificus and save the kingdom.
The obvious difference between Ravensword and Aralon are the graphics, as Aralon sports some of the best graphics I have ever seen in an iPhone game. On top of that, Aralon boasts of an innumerable number of items—weapons, armor, shields, etc.
And even on top of that, Aralon boasts of around 15 hours of gameplay, which I can attest to as being an underestimate, and overall, it’s a huge step forward in not only 3D RPGs but iPhone gaming as a whole.
The story is a little bit hard to follow and feels a bit stretched out, but other than that, this shouldn’t even be disputed on whether or not to buy. And for all you explorers and boy scouts out there, this should be a dream come true.
Graphics: This should be a no-brainer; just look at the screenshots and determine it for yourself. These graphics are striking, almost eye-shatteringly good. And if you’re fortunate enough to have a Retina-equipped device, get ready for some eye-burning.
Atmosphere: The surroundings and environment aren’t exactly expansive; you’ll have designated roads and such with no real exploring into the mountains. But the atmosphere and just the Aralon world is absolutely massive, and while exploring really isn’t my cup of tea, you just can’t help but roam around to see what some certain cave contains.
Content: I’ve honestly poured my heart and soul into this game for at least 10 hours, and at level 40 and kind-of almost done with the game (not really), you won’t find many games with this much content. If you’re buying this for just something to play, then I thoroughly recommend it. I’ve killed so much time while waiting in lines, waiting in the car, etc. This is the perfect time-killer and may even be the perfect play-at-work-while-no-one-is-watching game.
Items: The items are all over the place, probably somewhere in the hundreds of thousands. While that’s probably an exaggerated estimate, there’s definitely A LOT more than I remember from Ravensword. The item system is very similar to Dungeon Hunter in that it’s the same item with different “levels to it” (i.e. Poor Axe, Good Axe, etc.)
Universal: Everyone loves it when a game supports both iPhone and iPad resolutions, and I’m not exempt from that love. I absolutely love it and love the fact that the developers included it. Kudos.
GameCenter: There are achievements, but they’re not really related to any social platform. In recent days I’ve been more and more enamored by GameCenter, and with this having achievements, it would be nice if these achievements counted towards something.
Grinding: Level up, level up, level up. Of all the 30 hours of boasted gameplay, probably 20 is spent leveling up to complete the next quest. If you hate repetitious fighting, then I can’t say this is a game for you. And if you’re playing for more than 2 hours in one sitting, then it starts to get really repetitious.
Walking: Of all the good things I have to praise about Aralon, walking is one of my #1 pet peeve. Sure in real life I get my exercise in, but usually in a game, I want to sit down, relax, and not have to worry about exercising. But Aralon seems to want you to mentally exercise, and walking is a pain. You can’t run, you can’t ride your horse in the city, and you can’t teleport from one place to another. It’s just, in my opinion, a complete waste of time.
Aralon is quite simply the best RPG on the App Store. I can’t really say enough about it, but man, Galoobeth and Crescent Moon have really outdone themselves. If you haven’t picked it up already and/or is on the fence, just go ahead and pick it up. I doubt it’ll be $6.99 for long.