Developer: Media Vision
Release Date: 4/20/2010
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The Good: Excellent production values, fast paced battles, genes are fun to use, lots of nice little features
The Bad: Repetitive, unbalanced difficulty leads to level grinding, linear, those stupid puzzles
Square Enix has always been known for pushing the boundaries of platforms and the iPhone is no exception. Not only is Chaos Rings one of the best looking games on the iPhone it brings the classic RPG feeling that we’ve loved from the Final Fantasy series. If you are a fan of Square Enix then Chaos Rings will be a familiar experience for you. You can play as one of two two person parties and play through a story that involves you and other pairs trying to fight through an area for immortality. You must collect the Chaos Rings to advance to the next stage.
The most obvious part of Rings that you will notice is there’s no magic. Instead, you get to use a system called Genes. Genes lets you learn abilities from defeated enemies (this has been seen before in FF titles) and then equip them and use them in battle. Also, your HP will regenerate after each battle, but not your MP. Thanks to the portable format you will level up very fast, and everything can be done at any time, and this includes saving, camping, and you can even turn random battles off!
The enemy design is top notch and so are the characters. The music is fantastic and is just like any Squenix RPG you’ve played. There are puzzle stages that are set throughout the areas that act as road blocks and are frustrating and pretty pointless. If these weren’t added I would have given the game a higher score. The difficulty is also highly unbalanced and requires level grinding by playing previous stages over again. While everything is unique and beautiful to look at there’s not much variety so repetition sets in after a few hours.
Despite the few flaws Chaos Rings plays, sounds, and feels like a classic Squenix game and shouldn’t be passed up by any fan, and don’t let the steep price steer you away. It’s well worth it.