Zenonia is way too heavy for a game on the iPhone. Granted that its makers were right on the money by estimating around 40 hours of gameplay on Zenonia, that is still more than 39 hours over the attention span for gaming of the average iPhone user. And if you try to cut up your playing time on Zenonia by saving frequently, eventually the details of the game are going to wear you out.
But that is for the average iPhone user. If you want to have a running RPG with you at all times, Zenonia is your best bet. You are going to be in it for the plot, for your character development, and you know what you are getting into because Zenonia is exactly what you want: a premium free game on the iPhone. The longer the gameplay, the better – in fact, you will probably play it again after getting to the end. Zenonia will definitely keep you interested for more than the 40 hour playing time estimate of GAMEVIL.
The Gameplay of Zenonia
Zenonia is complex story about Regret, the main character, whose mission is to unearth the mystery of his father’s death. That is the main mission, but to get to the end, you have to level up the character through other simpler missions where you gain more experience, treasure, skills and better weapons as the game progresses.
And when we say Zenonia is complex, look at it this way. You have to remember to set aside time for your character to eat. You have to maintain your weapons too – failure to do so can result in a weapons fail during a battle. And at certain bottlenecks to the story line, you have to be at least at a minimum level to get through to the next stage – meaning that the more missions you finish, the better the chances of your character surviving.
While all these details are not exactly new to the RPG world – games like The Bard’s Tale, the Eye of the Beholder, Ultima VII and the Legend of Zelda come to mind – the gadget you are using is still the iPhone. While the virtual D pad works satisfactorily within the limits of Zenonia, you really have to be hardcore in playing Zenonia with the same level of commitment as you play other RPGs on your PC – up to the mapping of the world, the placement of preset monsters and the like.
The Best Time to Play
If you treat Zenonia more like a strategy game than an RPG, then any free moment you have is okay for playing Zenonia. But you have to keep track of everything that is happening – walking around for hours with no idea of where you are and what you are supposed to do has wasted enough years of serious RPG gamers. To keep you on your toes, the battle sequences on Zenonia are not turn-based but in real time, so at least in fighting, you know what you are doing.
You should know that Zenonia will probably take away your time from your social networks or your Internet browsing, so be prepared to give at least a couple of months dedicated just to finishing Zenonia. The good thing is that if you have fallen hopelessly in love with Zenonia, you can play it again to your heart’s content – how the game ends depends completely on what you do with Regret.
Developed By: GAMEVIL Inc.
Requirements: Requires iOS 3.0 or later
Compatible With: iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad
Other OS: Android, Blackberry, Facebook