I’ve been sucked in by a new online IPad game – Kings Road. I blame MG, she sent me the game invite. A linear RPG, you chose from three character classes – Archer, Mage, Knight, and you fight your way down the Kings Road through a series of scenarios. The designers have pretty much thought of everything – fun graphics, character and monster design. Upgradeable weapons, armor and extras (such as rings, amulets, et cetera). Each class has distinct active and passive skills or spells you can allocate skill points to. You can play the scenarios through by yourself or with up to two friends. They have tournaments and guilds, and you can train an apprentice. It really is a well thought out, fun game.
So what’s the catch? Ultimately the designers are in it to make money (of course), and you never seem to have enough gold or gems to do everything you want to do, when you want to do it (did I mention you can socket jewels on your equipment to make them more powerful? Or that you can forge items out of lesser items to increase your overall power? Or that you can switch classes or reallocate spell and skill points? Well, you can – if you have enough gold). The game stands ready to entice you into gem purchase with daily specials and deals, and at $10 for a thousand gems, I imagine you could easily develop an expensive habit very quickly. But it’s important to note this game is very playable without buying extra gems. The ability to play with friends on its own makes this a fun game to have. Worth checking out, and important tip – when the onetime offer eventually comes to buy 1,000 extra gems at 99 cents, jump on it. It doesn’t came around twice.