Portable games come in all shapes and sizes, but often it’s the bite-sized games that are the best. You know, the kind you can pick up for a few minutes at a time between episodes of real life. Of course, most of those games are casual, puzzle or just plain pointless. Fantasy Warrior: Good & Evil is a bite-sized RPG, but the small scale doesn’t take away from the experience. Fantasy Warrior isn’t the deepest RPG you’ll ever play, but it might satisfy the craving.
It’s perfect as a mobile game. It saves automatically and starts where you left off. It keeps a log of people you talked to, and marks your next goal on the map. All of this makes the game easier, but it also makes sure you don’t forget what you were doing because you got interrupted.
The whole game can be completed within a few hours, but it’s a very entertaining few hours. You’ll progress through the game one quest at a time. Quests usually consist of journeying to a spot on the map, killing a particular enemy or collecting a particular object, and returning to the town where you’ll be rewarded in one way or another.
Control your character with a virtual D-pad and one big action button. Battles are simple. Move close to the enemy and hit the attack button. As you progress through the game, you’ll earn new weapons spells that add a tiny bit of strategy to battles. The enemies attack in predictable patterns, and the bosses are laughably easy. Many bosses are easier than the supposedly lesser enemies leading up to them.
The music is excellent and appropriately atmospheric, and the graphics (other than some sketchy character animations) are very detailed and pleasing. But the best thing about this game is the two converging story lines. Play half of the game as the hero, and the other half as the villain. You can switch back and forth between them, or start one once you finish the other.
Fantasy Warrior is pretty unremarkable, compared to most RPGs, but it’s a great fit on the iPhone. Call it a casual RPG. Don’t expect too much from it, and it will deliver.