Kemco has developed a reputation for pushing out JRPGs onto mobiles as a schedule to intense that the quality of their games can suffer for it, with many feeling like drab re-treads that use the same system and assets with minimal new elements or gameplay hooks. It’s interesting to see how many of these faults can be forgiven when the game is wrapped in a ‘retro’ presentation.
Galaxy of Pen and Paper sees a return to the series by its original development team, Paradox North after briefly handing over the reins of the franchise to Paradox Interactive (who recently made the original free to play) while they made their Power Rangers tribute Tactical RPG ‘Chroma Squad’. You’ll learn that the developers liked Chroma Squad quite a lot throughout Galaxy of Pen and Paper, largely because the characters in the game keep talking about it.
Of all the faux-retro offerings to appear this year, Shadows of Adam has long looked like the most promising. An RPG being developed with obvious care and a love of the genre scheduled for release through Steam. Now that it’s out, MBU takes a look at Something Classic’s first release.
Kiwi Walks may not be a studio that’s very well known, but in their ‘Witch Spring’ series they’ve managed to capture the essence of gaming on a system like the Sony PSP or Vita, and bring it to the mobile market for iOS and Android.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel turned out to be one of the PlayStation 3’s late-great games and certainly one of the best JRPGs to have seen release in recent memory. Its cliff-hanger ending left players clamouring for more however, and with the long translation times for games in this series the wait has been sheer torture.
Sometimes Steam is an interesting place to find RPGs that might not have found an audience elsewhere. Its Greenlight service appears to be a treasure trove for the genre, though the quality can be variable. Tiny Assosiates Brand have managed to lever Greenlight to get their love-letter to the lighter side of the RPG market out to the masses.
Young Adult fiction has become considerably more acceptable to adults over the last few years, with the line often blurring between adult and teen fiction and authors writing stories based on their own merits instead of pandering down to children. One of the best authors leading this charge is Rick Riordan, a man who many have termed the ‘Myth Master’ and it’s a title he’s earned. With two high-budget film adaptions of his first two novels in the Percy Jackson series, it was inevitable that there would be a at least one video game tie-in.