Review: Zenonia (Android)

Posted on Apr 24 2010 - 3:37am by Chris Gampat

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Zenonia may have already been released for the iPhone, but it now arrives on the Android platform with several added features. This RPG is reminiscent of PokemonZelda, and other Japanese RPG games that totally rock due to the immersive story line and varied gameplay tactics.

Zenonia is a top-down RPG game where players are tasked with doing essentially what every other RPG game has you do: start out at the bottom completing tasks and moving on up in the world. The main character is Regret, a boy whose father died from a demon attack and was left alone in the world to fend for himself. At the beginning of the game you get to choose which class you play as: Paladin (a mage type class), Warrior (melee heavy) or Assassin (speedy). From there on you go about completing missions in the game.

Regret’s looks change throughout the game depending upon what items he is carrying. For example, when he wears a cloak you will physically see the cloak on him. This is similar to Legends of Exidia or even more advanced games like Diablo 2.

The controls on my Android G1 phone allow for far greater versatility than it does on the iPhone OS system. Players can either use the touchscreen D-pads for interaction, movement, attacking etc., or use the physical keyboard if their Android phone has one. Using the keyboard: W,S,A,D control the movements, Delete accesses the menu system, and the Return/Enter button attacks and interacts. To sprint, users press a direction button twice very quickly. This is much easier with the keyboard as the virtual controls can actually become very laggy after some time. The keyboard also allows you to unleash combos much easier when faced with multiple enemies.

The gameplay is just like any other RPG. Players just need to travel from area to area in order to accomplish goals. You also get picked on quite a bit and pushed around as if you are nothing. However, the good part is that the dialogue is not cheesy, and is actually very good with the exception of some spelling mistakes. Otherwise, this RPG has some of the best dialogue I’ve seen of any game that this site has reviewed.

The game also has day and night cycles. Your vision is greatly limited at night. Additionally, you need to gather potions and food. Food helps your energy stay up and also ensures that you move quickly. Potions heal you, or have different effects depending on which one use. There are also stats to level up, and tech trees to help you unlock new abilities.

Items are also very important. Carry too many and you’ll be greatly slowed down, which means that faster enemies will catch up to you easily to finish you off. As an assassin, you want to stay nimble (this is the class I played as).

The music is very chipper. It gives the feeling that everything is right in the world despite the fact that it clearly isn’t. During cut scenes, the game isn’t always as upbeat and clearly defines when someone is evil.

This review was done of the free version, which cuts off after your missions end in the first town and you are told to move on to the big city. These missions consist of you beating up certain enemies, delivering packages, and other assorted tasks. The full version costs $5.99, and the sequel is not yet available in the Android market. It could very well be worth the money if the free version was this pleasant an experience.

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Chris Gampat’s love of video games started when he was a wee lad and played Golden Axe on his PC. Since then, he has played Counter Strike Source and Condition Zero professionally. These days, he enjoys games with endless re-playability and time wasters to help quick spurts of time pass by. Chris has worked for the blogs at the PCMag Network, Magnum Photos, Times Square Chronicle, and others. He has had formal training in writing, photography and videography. Despite the craze over games like Guitar Hero, Chris firmly believes that nothing will replace the feel of his Fender Jazz Bass in his hands. You can read his professional photo musings at The Phoblographer.

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