Sunday, November 6, 2011

Android Game Review: "Zenonia 3" -- another glorious waste of time!

Android Game Review:  "Zenonia 3" -- another glorious waste of time!

Initial review:  Two stars -- good, but just not my cuppa tea
Game category:  Manga-type
Game type: RPG
Recommended device size:  any device
Who'd enjoy it?:  Teens/adults who like story chain quest games. 

Zenonia-3 is GameEvil's latest release of the RPG Zenonia.  For this episode, you play the role of Chael, the adopted son of the first Zenonia game's protagonist Regret.  This won't make much sense to you unless you've played the first game.  The overall theme is that Chael has to find his way home from a place called Midgard (which looks nothing like the Norse Midgard.)  Chael can be one of four different classes (Sword Knight, Shadow Hunter, Mechanic Launcher and Nature Shaman) for the quest.

If you love manga, this one will be one that you'll enjoy playing, with the pixel characters and the popup face dialogues.  The text is grammatically correct (which impressed me) but similar to most Manga dialogue -- which means it seems overly dramatic in a very weird way to most native English speakers.

This is one of those games that is not a "pick up and put down" -- and will probably be enjoyed by those who have played the earlier games.  For a newcomer, the constant "stop and watch this mini-play" in the game is annoying, and if you skip any of those tap-and-continue monologues, you miss important instructions and tips.  I found that out the hard way.  It does have a social component where you can enter into combat with other players once you connect to the network, and there's a game forum for it:

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