By 9th Bit Games
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The Guardians - the great beasts created by the Gods of old to protect mankind from evil – have suddenly fallen quiet. Evil creatures once again roam the lands, and the entire Kingdom is thrown into chaos! As the greatest of the King's warriors you must venture forth and discover what has befallen the great Guardians and help restore peace.
Guardian Saga is an all new retro-style role playing game. Inspired by 8-bit era RPGs, Guardian Saga is nostalgic adventure for all fans of role playing games!
* 2D RPG for the iOS
* First person, turn-based battles
* Level up and gain powerful new skills and equipment
* Colorful 2D graphics
* Nostalgic chip-tune music and sound effects.
* 5 exciting dungeons, and numerous optional dungeons explore
* Quick save feature for gaming on the go!
* Universal Support: runs on all generations of iPad, as well as iPhone and iPods 2nd gen and up.
* Available in English and Japanese.
* "fans of early RPGs will find a lot to love in Guardian Saga." - TouchArcade.com
* "Guardian Saga is nothing short of a glorious homage to the classic RPG games of yore." - 148apps.com
* "If you enjoy the retro turn-based RPGs of yore, you'll love Guardian Saga." - AppAdvice.com
What's New in Version 1.1
* Universal Support.
* Support for playing iPod music while you play.
* Spell and hit effects in battles.
* Ability to use items during battle.
* A wider range of healing items have been added.
* You can now save anywhere, and an auto-save system has been implemented.
* Bards will now provide hints to the player via a new “Gossip” option.
* A world map has been added.
* The enemy encounter rate has been reduced.
* A new spell “Illume” has been added to illuminate caves without needing a torch.
* A special Halloween event has been added.
If you're a fan of early/old school RPGs there's a ton to love here! Everything about it screams old school DOS/NES games. If I could make some minor suggestions.
The battles are a bit overwhelming, instead of feeling like a "random" battle, every 4 or 5 steps IS a battle. Can this be made more random? Maybe you can move a good ways before a battle and other times not but of course set fights in boss dungeons is fine.
Where's the mana potions? We can only recharge mana in town at an inn.
It would be nice to see monsters randomly drop items too, a heal potion or maybe a fiery dragon sword from the "boss" mobs! ;)
I don't like how "upgrade" armor and weapons are tied to a town. There's not much surprise, if you want a better weapon goto the next town. Very predictable. Again I think some good/cool random drops from mobs would be great. Maybe as you level up upgrade armor and weapons in all towns or something a bit different here.
It's an awesome game and I am almost done, would love to see more games like this, a top 10 game for me! :)
UPDATE: It has addressed several issues that has made it just that much better. I hope you keep updating the game. It's a real gem that I keep playing even after I completed it. It's just a great game! If you're looking for that old school adventure you needn't look any further as your adventure is right here! :)
Loved Dragon Warrior, love Guardian Saga
If you loved Dragon Warrior for the NES, you will like Guardian Saga. Although Guardian Saga is clearly modeled after Dragon Warrior, it is nearly impossible to fairly make a direct comparison. The original Dragon Warrior will always have nostalgia on its side, and that certain something that just makes it special. While Guardian Saga can't hope to duplicate that perfectly, it does a fairly good job – and even excels in one or two areas.
Although the graphics are clearly 8-bit, there are some improvements, such as more detailed backgrounds in the fight scenes and a variety of graphical themes within the dungeons. The whole adventure is a bit short, but well worth the play (and certainly worth $2).
I sincerely hope 9th Bit Games comes out with a sequel. I would absolutely love something more along the lines of Dragon Warrior 2, with multiple team members, more monsters, and a bigger world. I would happily pay to play--just put it out there, and you've got 1 guaranteed customer right here!
Perfect for long car rides
I got this game right before I left on a 12 hour car ride, and the game lasted 8 and a half of the 12 hours. I am very pleased about the time it took to play through. The game was fun, controls were great, and I loved the combat system. Sort of reminded me of the Dragon Quest series, but there were definatly less abilities and spells. The story was alright, but could have been much better.
The only things I think they could improve on is the story, but you can't really do that once you've made the game, and after you win the game. Once you win the game, there really isn't anything you can do. It says you win, and once you reload your game, it takes you back to where you last saved. I think that they should at least make a mini game that you can play at the end that puts you in an arena or something, and you fight monsters and level up. It just didn't have as good of an ending as I hoped. But if they make a second one, I'm definatly getting it!