Chaos Rings for iPad

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Combat-heavy RPG for iPad; iPhone version better choice.

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Ease of play

The on-screen controls are well-implemented and very easy to use, but the game itself can be a bit dense for newcomers to the role-playing genre. Hacking and slashing enemies will only get you so far -- and figuring out other strategies can take a while.

Violence

You'll spend a large part of the game battling all sorts of foes with a variety of weapons and spells. Though violent, there's no onscreen blood -- and enemies disappear when vanquished.

Sex

Mild flirtation goes on between some characters, but there's nothing graphic in their banter. Some female characters wear very little clothing (a bra-like top and shorts).

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Consumerism

The title screen has prominent links to other Square Enix games as well as the Chaos Rings soundtrack.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Certain potions boost characters' magical abilities.

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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.

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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.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$15.99
Release date:August 12, 2010
Category:Role Playing Games
Publisher:Square Enix
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:OS 3.2

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Teen, 13 years old Written bydr duck September 1, 2010
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Excellent iphone RPG... If a bit hard

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Too much violence

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