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Smart Phone Games for REAL RPG Gamers

Posted June 20, 2011 by Taylor Stein in Features

I remember my first cell phone like it was yesterday. One inch screen, no QWERTY keyboard, not even a camera. Just an oddly shaped piece of plastic and hardware with an antenna protruding from the top. I’m only 20 years old so I can only imagine the equipment my parents had at their disposal. Technology has certainly advanced drastically in the last few years and cell phones have maintained their place at the forefront of this trend. They represent an invisible link to the world around them, a constant connection to friends and family, media and news.

Yet despite all the possibilities technology avails to us most are content in utilizing only the most meager aspects of Androids, iPhones, and Blackberrys’ alike. Especially considering gaming via smart phone. Bejeweled and solitaire are fine but there are bigger and better fish to fry my friend. Here are some of the best games smart phones can offer and gamers (myself included) can appreciate.

Zenonia 2: The Lost Memories

This was my first taste of gaming delight on the Android/iOS and let me tell you I was not disappointed. Zenonia 2: The Lost Memories is the sequel to to Gamevil’s action-adventure role playing game Zenonia. Gamevil has a trilogy in mind with their award winning series as Zenonia 3 has just recently (June) appeared in the iPhone Appstore.

The game follows the setup of traditional old school RPGs, with four characters of different classes. Zenonia 2 offers customizing options in which numerous equipment types can be outfitted to the character for stat upgrades and more power. The items that are equipped change the appearance of the character in game, a nice little detail.

The combat is more or less a hack-and-slash fest comparatively with its platform counterparts. In this medium however one could call it a hack-and-tap (laughter) due to the constant on-screen thumb tapping you will experience. This game is solid. Tons of side quests and story missions can add up to over 20 hours of playtime. Zenonia 2 even features a new game plus option which allows you to continue playing with your current character after you beat the game. It carries over your level and skills which allows for ample replay value. Zenonia 2 is definitely a game you should check out and you can get your hands on this RPG adventure for $0.99 on the iPhone and Android.

Caligo Chaser

This is another RPG that I had come across while trying to quench my gaming-on-the-go fixation. While this is also a hack-and-slash game, it feels very different from Zenonia 2. The developers at Com2uS utilize side scrolling elements and set boundary environments to promote a refreshing feel to the genre.

The world is relatively large with each individual area is sectioned off. Meaning, once you enter a location on the map, it has a set number of rooms which once you complete, will return you to the main map. At first glace the graphics are impressive as well as the dialogue. Bright colors and well detailed animation set Caligo Chaser apart from other smart phone RPGs.This game allows for quest completion as well as opportunities to battle and level up your character. It boasts tons of weapons and equipment to dabble in as well as a unique story. At only $2.99 I’d definitely recommend it.


One of the latest games created by the geniuses at Gamevil, Illusia is a great option to RPG fans. The graphics are cute and whimsical somewhat reminiscent of the popular Korean MMORPG Maple Story. For gamers who have played Zenonia, they will recognize similar menu screens and game features just polished and more user friendly. The enemies are diverse and unique. The spells are a great complement to the 2D side scrolling battle system and the game’s humorous dialogue and keeps me wanting to play more. I’ve only just started my adventure into Illusia and the only critique I can derive so far is the nonsensical nature of the map. It is confusing, and will most likely result in later frustration. But don’t let this deter you from trying it out, for $0.99 it’s more than worth the price.

I hope these suggestions will help satiate your gaming urges when your away from home, on the go, or just want to get down on some good old fashioned hand held fun. If you know of any other games available on smartphones, post here!

About the Author

Taylor Stein

As an avid gamer and passionate writer, Taylor created Gaming Precision to share her infatuation with others while providing video game insight from a female perspective.

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