Following in the footsteps of App Store Hall of Fame inductees CHAOS RINGS and CHAOS RINGS Ω, we are proud to announce that CHAOS RINGS II for iPad has been selected as a Best of 2012 app! To celebrate, we're dropping the prices on all titles from the CHAOS RINGS series!
- CHAOS RINGS $12.99 → $8.99
- CHAOS RINGS Ω $11.99 → $8.99
- CHAOS RINGS II $17.99 → $15.99
iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Category: Entertainment, Games, Role Playing
Updated: July 26, 2012
Publisher: SQUARE ENIX Co., Ltd.
Version 2.2.0 [733 MB]
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While Square Enix hasn't been a heavy player on iOS so far, they stepped in with unlimited kudos as hardly any game ever tops Chaos Rings in the Japan RPG store. at $8 each, early FF adaptations aren't faring bad either. I hesitate to review this title because I rarely find myself so much out of sync with a vast majority of enthusiastic players. To the point, then... Granted visuals are finely and beautifully made, there is nothing exceptional here, and it isn't rare to see equally beautifully made 2D environments in many, many other iOS products. The 3D battles and characters, on the other hand, are '100% square' and as such look pretty decent. Needless to say fighting is inherently repetitive (that is a rule of the genre); it isn't even as impressive as FFVII (yes, VII!), and although it is playable and the system is well designed, it isn't awesome fun. What I don't get is the map. Navigating on an empty map randomly meeting enemies kind of works if the map is 'world scale'. Here the map is 'character scale'. Being self similar and somewhat disconnected, these maps are easy to get lost into, meaning I end up fighting over and over while trying to find the exit. It appears this is intended design, and as such it is unbearable. Before we get to confront a boss, we also need to solve puzzles, which somehow forces 'casual play' into what by and by unmistakably isn't a casual game. These puzzles aren't challenging or interesting. The game concept is appealing, the character team-up system, with 3-4 teams to choose from, is engaging and the story's alright. Having said that comparing this to any Final Fantasy title would be like comparing Reservoir Dogs to Pulp Fiction. In other words, it lacks scope. I think there are obvious flaws here. This didn't prevent scores of players from enjoying this game. Read other reviews and make your mind up.