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The February 2017 RPG Reload Play-Along: Aralon - Sword and Shadow

02-02-2017, 02:57 AM
#1
Joined: Jul 2013
Location: Ibaraki, Japan
Posts: 963
The February 2017 RPG Reload Play-Along: Aralon - Sword and Shadow

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload Play-Along. Each month, we'll be playing an iOS RPG together, sharing laughs and tears in equal measures. The post on the front page is basically here to announce the game in question and give a few tips on getting started. The real action will be happening here in the Touch Arcade forums, where you'll find a thread dedicated to each month's featured game. Sign up if you haven't already, post your screenshots, ask for advice, or just chat about your misadventures with others. We've got a great community of RPG fans here at TouchArcade, so let's make the most of it! As a little incentive, at the end of each month, I will randomly pick one of the participants and send them something small and silly from here in Japan. All you have to do to be eligible is, well, play along with the Play-Along!

Our first Play-Along went even better than I expected, with more than 30 people joining in on the thread in the forums. We had a great mix of Final Fantasy veterans and new players alike, all sharing their stories and screenshots. A big thank you to everyone who participated. Now, for January's Small and Silly Prize winners. First off, user RHess00 managed to pull off a wild accomplishment, beating Chaos with just a solo Monk. I won't always offer up achievement-related prizes, but RHess00 certainly earned one! As for the random participant award, the name drawn from the Magic Moogle Hat is none other than Rabendoppel! New to the forums and Final Fantasy itself, Rabendoppel bravely sallied forth with a dice-rolled party of two Monks, a Thief, and a Red Mage. That's some party for a rookie! RHess00 and Rabendoppel, I'll be in touch via PM to get your addresses so I can send you your prizes. To everyone else, well, a new month brings another chance to win a Small and Silly Thing from Japan!

For our February Play-Along, we're jumping out of the world of classic JRPGs and into the realm of WRPGs with Aralon: Sword and Shadow from Crescent Moon Games. An iOS classic, this 2010 release tosses you into an open world of adventure and danger. With plenty of quests and a fair bit of character customization options, I think this will be a fun one for us to play together. Just like last month, you'll need to grab the game itself from the App Store if you don't already own it. Then, either log in or sign up for the TouchArcade forums and join us here in the February RPG Reload Play-Along: Aralon thread to say hello. You don't need to beat the game to qualify for the random draw, but I would like to see at least one screenshot of your progress at some point, okay?

Let's have fun, everyone!
02-02-2017, 05:48 AM
#2
Joined: Dec 2015
Location: UK
Posts: 810
Never played this, so this will be fun. Don't have 500Mb free just yet, but I can move some stuff around. Or play it on my work iPad.

As a side note, there is a review on the UK App Store saying that the game is virtually unplayable on iOS 10 as it keeps lagging. Someone who already owns the game might want to confirm that it works fine on iOS 10.

(I'm on iOS 9 still, so not relevant to me.)

2017 GOTY nominations: SAO: MD

02-02-2017, 06:44 AM
#3
Im on iOS 10 and when I opened the app I got the infamous This App May Slow Down Your Phone message. I started a game and it does have some lag. I didn't have time to play for long so I don't know if it's unplayable yet. I'm playing on an iPhone SE. It's sad to see these old games being left behind.
02-02-2017, 07:09 AM
#4
Joined: Jul 2013
Location: Ibaraki, Japan
Posts: 963
Hmm. I hope it's playable or I'll be in a pickle this month, haha!
02-02-2017, 07:34 AM
#5
Ok so the main problem I'm having is while walking the screen just kind of jumps forward every 4 or 5 steps. It's not unplayable. Just a little irritating. I was playing around with the options and setting the graphics to minimum didn't help but turning the background music off has eliminated the problem completely. After that, I set the graphics to the highest settings and everything is still good so far. Just turn the music off.
02-02-2017, 07:54 AM
#6
Joined: Jul 2013
Location: Ibaraki, Japan
Posts: 963
Okay, I'll include that in the article. Thanks RHess!
02-02-2017, 08:02 AM
#7
I've played this game before but it was years ago and I don't remember much. I know I went with the Rogue and the stealth mechanic was a lot of fun but I'm going to go with an Elf Mage this time.

The graphics are pretty amazing for a game this old.
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02-02-2017, 08:48 AM
#8
Sad to hear that there are issues on IOS 10.
02-02-2017, 08:50 AM
#9
Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 1,502
Mmmh I bought it a long time ago but never got around it. Count me in Shaun

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02-02-2017, 02:43 PM
#10
Joined: Oct 2014
Posts: 103
I'll be joining in as well!