Relive the golden age of gaming when RPGs ruled and a well crafted story came before anything else with FDG Entertainment’s Across Age HD. 3D may be the future of gaming, but 2D gaming will never die as long as we keep getting games like this. Venture on a 15 hour journey with the great mage Ceska and her protector Ales to save the world from an evil time manipulator who will stop at nothing to destroy everything in his path.
Old school action adventure RPGs are a thing of the past. If franchises like Final Fantasy put the genre out of its misery, MMORPGs crapped on their graves. Just because the genre has evolved into a different beast doesn’t mean that the essence of the original is worth any less of your time. After all, there is a reason why Zelda is a classic.
If you weren’t lucky enough to experience the golden age of RPGs on the SNES and Sega Genesis with games like the Breath of Fire series and the Final Fantasy franchise but enjoy modern RPGs like Dragon Age and Fallout 3 then you owe it to yourself to check out Across Age HD. While AA isn’t a remake or port from the genre, it is a fine representation of what made early 90s gaming so much fun. With Across Age you’ll finally understand the terms “dungeon crawling” and “hack and slash” in their original context.
AA isn’t just for the youngins though. Fans who grew up with a wired controller and cartridges that would only play after they received a thorough blowing will enjoy the trip down memory lane. Spending all my time playing shooters these days often leaves me wondering why I still play games when they’re all basically the same experience over and over again with a new set of enemies to blast away. AA reminded me why I fell in love with gaming to begin with; their ability to transport you to a different place and time far away the confines of everyday life. The sense of adventure gets lost with a lot of modern gaming for some reason, becoming invested in a story and its characters rarely happens anymore.
Battles consist of real time encounters, so you’ll see your enemies before they attack. Defeating them relies on hack and slash your way through them. It is different from turn-based RPGs that you may be familiar with because you are not transferred to a static battlefield that is controlled by menu prompts, so you won’t have to worry about being thrown into a battle when you’re not healed up and ready for action.
AA utilizes a buddy system where members of your party must be rotated to the front position in order to attack. This means that only one characters can attack at a time, which can sometimes leave you wanting more from the experience. The effectiveness of the buddy system that is in place makes up for it though. The buddy system allows for characters to interact with one another in various puzzle solving instances. You can lift up your partner to hoist them onto an out of reach platform in some to solve puzzles and unlock hidden treasures that you wouldn’t be able to access otherwise. On the same note, only certain enemies are able to be taken down by certain attacks forcing you to shift up your lineup and keep things interesting.
Across Age serves up an exceptional retro experience that is brought up to speed with modern gaming through touch controls and high definition graphics. Experience the genre that stole the hearts of millions and transformed them into lifelong gamers.
Check it out in the App Store here.