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Featured as one of Apple's "Great RPGs!"
RPGFan's Runner-Up iOS & Indie RPG of 2010!


Designed exclusively for the iPhone, Ash is a classic turn-based RPG, featuring an all-new, intuitive touch-based interface, a massive, fully-realized world with lush visuals, and a wonderfully compelling story.

Ash tells the story of two mercenaries on the fringes of the Empire of Aghaus, a once-great kingdom now fallen into ruin after the death of its king five years prior. When a routine contract takes an unexpected turn, the two men are gradually embroiled in a conflict that consumes the entire continentand brings to light the mercenaries mysterious pasts.



IGN: "With great writing, clean 16-bit art, and a swift-moving battle system, Ash succeeds."

Wired: "This traditional RPG offers a far deeper experience than most iPhone/iPad games."

Macworld Australia: "Ash is nothing short of remarkable."

SlideToPlay: "Ash has a stand-out story and lots of old-school charm."

TUAW: "Ash will hit you right in the nostalgia bone."

TouchArcade: "Ash delivers an experience that shouldn't be missed by RPG fans."

PlatformNation: "This is the best iPhone game I have played, and easily in the top 5 iPhone games available."

Gizmodo: "Considerable love has been put into this $5 portable tribute to classic gaming."



These are strange days for Aghaus. By order of the Magistrate, the Royal Guard is to assemble for deployment in two days time. It has been years since I last left the capital, and further still that I can remember such a command being issued! But what need is there for a Royal Guard, when no King sits upon the throne? Though my oath binds me to his service, the Magistrate is not my liege. He rules in the absence of a rightful heir.

My men await their orders; they too are uneasy. It is for their sake that I stay my tongue, and place my faith in the Almighty that my fears are unfounded.

Tomorrow, we make for the East.

Captain Creval of the Royal Guard, in the 895th year of the Aghausian Empire

Vovin's comments:



Bought, bought and BOUGHT!
Yepp, I TOFFTed, we really need more of this stuff like CGS and so on and "exclusive" is even better.
Btw., impressions in 9-10 hours, 'cause I can't play right now (I'm in the line of duty).
Oh, and I like the icon.
11-09-2010, 01:28 AM
#2
saw this on rpgfan.com

Might try it later =)

11-09-2010, 01:48 AM
#3
the graphic looks kind of strange.

i was ok with zenonia2 btw
11-09-2010, 02:06 AM
#4
I agree about the graphics. The lava tiles in screenshot 4 look very wrong. Would be nice to see a video of this in action or some reviews but my first impressions are that this looks like something made with a kit.
11-09-2010, 02:26 AM
#5
Wait a second...in that third screenshot: "This is a well," etc.--isn't that verbatim from Final Fantasy?

Anyway, I'm not wild about the tiling either, but the portraits look pretty good. I hope it's a great game, thanks for toftt'ing Vovin!

Current obsessions: Bug Princess 2: Black Label, Neuroshima Hex, Pinball Arcade, Final Fantasy Tactics, MacGuffin's Curse, 1112, Dangerous, 100 Trials, Ascension, The Quest
Anticipating: Spirit Hunter Mineko, Rogue Touch EX, Fargoal 2, Cursed Realms
11-09-2010, 02:39 AM
#6
Quote:
Originally Posted by riChchestMat View Post
I agree about the graphics. The lava tiles in screenshot 4 look very wrong. Would be nice to see a video of this in action or some reviews but my first impressions are that this looks like something made with a kit.

All the classic JRPGs were based on tile kits, like the FF games or any other stuff. And the description states clearly that this game is meant as a classic game.
They also said that the visuals are licensed from Enterbrain - and this is the company who made programs like RPG maker (I remember the fan made "Vampires Dawn" to be the most popular made with it) and also designed tile sets for games or graphic engines.

But that's o.k. for me - as long as the game tells a great story and the combat- and character systems are working fine, I am happy.

The game is 71 mb big in compressed state - that means there should be a lot of content in the game. The visuals are crisp, as it seems, but I am mostly interested in the new touch interface and controls.

Overall, the storyline and exciting battles in an JRPG are the most important things for me.
And it also looks like that you'll face the enemies directly in combat, instead of seeing everything from a side view. That could be nice.
Oh, and judging from all the screens and the decription: good language or translation!

Hi, you seemed to be lost on the Internets.
This is TouchArcade, where 2$ for a game is too much, 5$ is an outrage, and 10$ or more is putting sugar in their car tanks whilst killing puppies.

Last edited by Vovin; 11-09-2010 at 02:57 AM.
11-09-2010, 06:21 AM
#7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Vovin View Post
All the classic JRPGs were based on tile kits, like the FF games or any other stuff. And the description states clearly that this game is meant as a classic game.
They also said that the visuals are licensed from Enterbrain - and this is the company who made programs like RPG maker (I remember the fan made "Vampires Dawn" to be the most popular made with it) and also designed tile sets for games or graphic engines.

But that's o.k. for me - as long as the game tells a great story and the combat- and character systems are working fine, I am happy.

The game is 71 mb big in compressed state - that means there should be a lot of content in the game. The visuals are crisp, as it seems, but I am mostly interested in the new touch interface and controls.

Overall, the storyline and exciting battles in an JRPG are the most important things for me.
And it also looks like that you'll face the enemies directly in combat, instead of seeing everything from a side view. That could be nice.
Oh, and judging from all the screens and the decription: good language or translation!
+1. Actually, make that +1000000000.

Well, the game made me laugh (intentionally) within the first five minutes. It also took about that long to get a good sense of the personalities of the two protagonists.

Very, very promising.
11-09-2010, 06:29 AM
#8
There's a trailer available at the official site :

http://www.srrngames.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_6y7...layer_embedded
11-09-2010, 06:47 AM
#9
Quote:
Originally Posted by squarezero View Post
+1. Actually, make that +1000000000.

Well, the game made me laugh (intentionally) within the first five minutes. It also took about that long to get a good sense of the personalities of the two protagonists.

Very, very promising.

Yes, it seems as if there is a big heap of humour in it (according to the screen shots)!

As I said, I am still on duty, just came back from a SAS (Search And Seizure), so I can tell you all my impressions only in a couple of hours.
But I am always glad when squarezero joins in and gives away some impressions, too.
It's always an honor to TOFFT with him.

Hi, you seemed to be lost on the Internets.
This is TouchArcade, where 2$ for a game is too much, 5$ is an outrage, and 10$ or more is putting sugar in their car tanks whilst killing puppies.
11-09-2010, 06:54 AM
#10
This looks like something I might enjoy! That said though I can't get a game for a few hours since I will be all tied up (not literally though) so it would be a tease knowing it is sitting there waiting in my pocket. Going to sink my teeth into it later however.