September 08, 2011
Mobile RPG Bliss
Hello again, your buddy Dime here with an overlooked gem available on the Android market right now! Ever since I got my original Motorola Droid, I've been looking for an on-the-go pick-up-and-play RPG but with depth and gameplay to back it up. I've been a longtime fan of Bethesda's Elder Scrolls series (Skyrim FTW!!) and they're pretty much the standard to which I hold most other RPG's. If you've searched on the Market, no doubt you've come across Zenonia and others like it harkening back to the 8 and 16-bit days of yore, but what about something truly "next-gen" for our high-end handsets? Enter Realms of Fortune from Gamaray Ltd. with gameplay fondly reminiscent of Morrowind and Oblivion. The comparisons are many indeed.
The game uses a first person perspective that's familiar to anyone who's played an FPS on their touchscreen device. You have a left joystick and buttons and hot-swappable shortcuts on screen elsewhere, simply drag your thumb or finger around to move your viewpoint. The controls are very fluid, with occasional issues when trying to check or attack an object you are occupying the same space as, but that's only natural, back up or turn. Just like real life you can't get a closer look at the coin you're stepping on hehe. A large part of the gameplay is resource gathering, whether it be local plant and wildlife (You can fish and hunt wild game, too!) for potions, or more specific items for quests. This again is where Realms of Fortune stands out from the pack. While the game does feature the prerequisite "kill this many so-and-so's" or "bring back this much of this-and-that", it allows you to explore more of the game world and thus open up the various Gatestones sprinkled throughout the land. These allow you to fast travel between them much like the system used in Oblivion, saving you from having to trek all over the place with a full inventory. At last we come to combat! The system in this game allows for melee, magical and ranged weaponry such as pistols and rifles. All of your armor, weapons and spells can be upgraded and there are a variety of magical enchantments that can be obtained as well if you are fortunate in your travels. The rifle, for instance, allows for a scope to be fitted so you can scratch your sniper itch. A swappable palette of hotkeys for weapons/spells and potions let's you strategize your fights. For instance, you can scope in and take potshots with your rifle, once the enemy closes the distance, hit it with a weakness to lightning spell, then throw ball lightning at it till it reaches you at which point you hit it with a shocking touch, swap palettes and down a mana potion, then swap back and hack and slash your way to glory. I really can't say enough about this game! The free version lets you play up to level 4 to get a taste of what you're in for. Don't let the small size of the initial map fool you! More opens up as you progress in the storyline and in levels. At $2.95USD for the unlock key, it's a steal! Head on over to the Realms Of Fortune website to read about some of the amazing features they've got planned!