Dear devs: how about turn-based RPGs?

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  1. grainysand

    grainysand Well-Known Member
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    Android marketplace is slowly but surely receiving its share of excellent games.

    But you know, I've never found gaming on my N1 very pleasant. FPS? The controls are horrid. Gameloft 3D offerings? Nice, but the pathing sucks and controls are cumbersome. It's just the nature of the beast--a device with just a big touchscreen are always going to be like this, and no, it's not because of the multi-touch problem. It's just awkward. There's no feedback to pressing virtual buttons. And FPS are... no. If I want to play those, I'll do it on a big screen. With a mouse.

    What I'd rather have are 2D games with great art direction. Caligo Chaser fits the bill but, again, suffers from awkward controls and real-time combat. How about a game like it but turn-based? If you're not familiar with turn-based, think... the original Fallouts. Final Fantasy even, if you must. King's Bounty: The Legend. Your party and the enemy take turns. Combat is slower-paced but, what the hell, your controls are going to be shitty anyway and it's best if you have forever to select your attacks instead of having to mash those silly virtual buttons, sometimes to no effect.
     

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  2. mrmojoz

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    I see emulators filling this void for the time being. You have a wide selection of the best 2D turn based RPGs ever made avaliable. Native games could be better functionality wise, but you'd be hard pressed to beat whats already out there in emulator land.
     
  3. 3devious

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    The only problem is that if your game ROMs are from Nintendo, you are playing the game illegally even if you own the game (I had an exchange with them that did not end up too well when they published that policy about Gamecube games and claimed that it applied to all of their games.)

    If you don't care about pirating stuff, that's on you but if you're not into that, emulators are a little less of an option.
     
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    If you own the game, it is 100% legal to have the ROM on your phone.

    Super Mario RPG :D
     
  5. 3devious

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    According to whom? Nintendo would probably lose the case, but now that the Virtual Console is available for Wii and DSi, they would probably restate their policy about backup copies of games you already own. Have they changed their minds? I admit, it has been atleast 8 years since I wrote to them about it.
     
  6. mrmojoz

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    I actually do own most of the games I play via emulators on my phone, but I'll admit I don't miss any sleep playing old roms I pirated. Yaar, obsolete console roms ahoy.
     
  7. necosino

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    It's the same copyright laws as music. If you buy an electrical version of an intellectual property, you have the right to keep and use it any form for your own personal use.

    Sent from my HTC Incredible using Tapatalk Pro.
     
  8. grainysand

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    Yeah, I've considered emulators and will probably get around to trying them. How feasible are the controls on a device without a hard keyboard, though?

    (Still waiting for ScummVM to get a 2.1 version. :( I want my Beneath the Steel Sky.)
     
  9. DenieD_UK

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  10. mrmojoz

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    Didn't we just cover the fact that you can actually play the real Advance Wars already? No copies needed. :D
     
  11. DenieD_UK

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    However after having completed the game and its sequels I'd like a fresh game :S

    Thats a bit like saying why would you want to play the latest call of duty when we have the original wolfenstein :S
     

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