What Am I Playing: Zenonia

I haven’t had much time to play games lately because of working, gym, and gf time. These things have caused me to put Halo: Reach and BioShock on the back burner for a while. I know this sounds sad to so many people but it’s ok. I have found refuge in a little device named the IPhone. This past week there were a crap ton of sales in the app catalog. Being as cheap as I am I didn’t capitalize on all of the sales, but I did come across one little gem. Zenonia is a real time role playing game created by Gamevil for the IPhone and Android devices.

Zenonia is a mash up of Zelda and Final Fantasy with a little PokeMon sprinkled on top. In the story you play as a young man named Regret (hell of a name). At the start of the game he is found in the middle of a battlefield and raised by a soldier. I haven’t made it through much of the story but I don’t want want to spoil any of it for those who decide to pick up this game. Like I stated before the game is in real time and the combat system is very similar to Zelda. With combat being in real time, controls are key in this game and so far this is my only gripe with this game. First of all the IPhone doesn’t have any physical buttons so at times i was tapping the screen frantically not knowing where my fingers were placed. This is something you cannot really blame on the game. Any game on a touch screen device is going to be this way. The one thing that I do think could have been worked on a little more is the directional pad. At times it could be a little finicky and unresponsive. That’s where my negativity ends with this game.

This game is visually stunning with bright and vibrant colors. The look and feel bring me back to when I first played games like Zelda and PokeMon for the first time. The environments are rich and detailed and unique. The menu systems and upgrade systems are well designed and laid out in a way that is easy to understand and navigate. Zenonia is a simple game that can become more complex the more your progress in the game. The complexity of combining items and upgrading abilities is a perk for me in this game. Gamers are always looking for something that is easy to pick up and play but also has some type of depth that keeps them coming back to play more.

I could go on talking about this game forever but I would rather you go out and try it for yourself. I am having a great time with this title and I believe any lover of old school rpgs will do the same. When I downloaded this game it was it wasn’t too expensive. If you enjoy this game there is a sequel available in the App Catalog. Until next time…..Stay frosty my friends.

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