CHAOS RINGS for iPad

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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!
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Chaos Rings for iPad Review

Chaos Rings for iPad is the same deep, beautiful role-playing game that we loved on the iPhone, but with two main differences. The first is that the game now sports incredible high-resolution visuals, and the other is the game’s gigantic price tag.

Square Enix’s Apple masterpiece (Applepiece?) is about five couples who are abducted by aliens and placed in an arena to fight to the death. As they train, the couples all get to know each other better, exposing an emotional backstory for each of them that is snipped short by the “Tri-sickle” Grim Reaper that takes them away when it’s their time to die.

In the iPad version, the graphics are writ large, with extremely high-resolution character models for all the heroes and enemies. A few of the backgrounds are notably pixelated, though, and while things run smoothly most of the time, there are incidents of slowdown during big boss battles or showy spell-casting.

This special move is called “shin splints.”

But we can’t emphasize how much the iPad’s screen shows off Square’s unique art style. You can see detailed expressions on the characters’ faces, and every mutant creature from dinky mice to giant apes looks terribly menacing.

The sticking point is the high price. Debuting at $16, you could just as soon buy, well, 16 smaller games instead of one Chaos Rings for iPad. But you’d be missing out on the beautiful graphics, music, storyline, and gameplay that Square Enix is renowned for on home consoles.

You can read more details about the exquisite gameplay of Chaos Rings in our iPhone review, and it’s identical in the iPad version. You’re paying a premium price, but there is little doubt that Chaos Rings for iPad is a premium game.

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    iPad Game of the Month, August 2010: Chaos Rings for iPad

    Is anyone surprised by this result? Chaos Rings, one of the best games on the iPhone this year, made a splashy debut on the iPad with gorgeous, high-res graphics. It’s pricey, but well worth it, and it’s our pick for iPad Game of the Month.

    Chaos Rings for iPad is the definitive version of Square-Enix’s iOS masterpiece. With multiple endings, four playable couples, and interesting, complex combat, it’s the perfect game for any time you have a few dozen hours to kill. RPG fanatics will not be disappointed.

    Our runner-up is more about twitchy reflexes than turn-based combat. Snake Galaxy HD is an extremely polished Snake game, where you guide a hungry little line with a voracious appetite over interesting environments like Planet Paris, Denim, and Burger. A mix of Snake and Super Mario Galaxy, this game is incredibly fun, but also incredibly challenging.

    Congratulations to Square-Enix (again) and Bulkypix for making the two best iPad games you could buy in August 2010.