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Chaos Rings for iPad
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Chaos Rings is a role-playing game made by Square Enix, one of the genre's most celebrated developers. The game is very combat heavy, squaring you off against a seemingly endless parade of creatures through worlds with names like the "Ancient Path of Doom". It also sports a puzzle mode, which is a bit out of place and can be frustrating at times. The iPad version is an upscaling of the iPhone version of the game, which was released about four months prior.
Is it any good?
Square Enix, the company behind RPG giants like the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts franchises, knows a lot about the role-playing genre -- and with Chaos Rings, it shows that it can transfer its knowledge into the mobile market too. The game is playable in bite-sized chunks, which is hard to pull off in this sort of title. The pace is quick, but steady, never significantly penalizing players for mistakes, keeping them engaged.
It's not perfect, though. Chaos Rings looks good, but falls short of the gorgeous animations Square Enix is known for. And the game's puzzle levels feel tacked on and detract from the experience. For $16, you expect something that's a bit more polished. Ultimately, while this version takes good advantage of the iPad's bigger screen, the iPhone version of the game is probably the better bargain at $12.99.