Touch Arcade has a fantastic series called RPG Reload, in which RPG connisseur Shawn Musgraves gives an in-depth look at important RPGs in iOS history. This week’s installment is Aralon: Sword and Shadow, a massive game that was far deeper than anyone would expect from an iOS game at the time of release.
Ravensword: The Fallen King was an impressive game, no doubt about it. But it still feels like a compromise in a lot of ways. Aralon does not. I’m not saying it’s up to modern console standards, but you wouldn’t have to go back that many years to find a period where it would fit in nicely. There are tons of customization options for your character upon starting the game, including races and job classes that affect your appearance, stats, gear options, and abilities. The world is massive and full of interesting secrets and optional content to stumble across. Where Ravensword was short, simple, and fairly limited, Aralonis lengthy, packed with interesting strategies, and does a great job of conveying the feeling that you are in an actual world where anything goes.
Via Touch Arcade