Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey
released this week. It's got a serious JRPG pedigree, including Kazushige Nojima (writer of Final Fantasy VII), Hideo Minaba, (graphics supervisor on Final Fantasy VI), and Hitoshi Sakimoto (composer of Final Fantasy Tactics...swoon). $8.99 with no IAP (yay!). 20 minutes of gameplay is here
, showing off both cutscenes, hub world, and combat.
I just started it last night, and if nothing else, it's an incredibly
beautiful game. The artwork and soundtrack are both absolutely amazing. Combat seems pretty basic turn-based JRPG fare, but I haven't really gotten far enough in to see the nuances yet. Heard they're working out some pretty significant bugs as well. Any JRPG fans should keep an eye on it.
EDIT: Sadly, I'm going to have to withdraw my recommendation until they get it patched. Not only is the game a buggy mess (I can't play for more than 10 minutes without it crashing and sending back to the last checkpoint), but it's also unfinished. Only three of the 12 classes are even available at this point, with no detail from the devs on when the others will come. Stick this one in your "check back in 6 months" file, because right now all the awesome music and graphics can't justify and broken and unfinished game.
EDIT EDIT: Not only did they release a broken, buggy, and unfinished game, they have now announced that any future content (you know, that content we all thought we were purchasing initially) will be IAP
. Nowhere did it mention this would be an "episodic" game...they decided to spring that little trap after everyone already bought it. This will be the first time I have ever requested a refund for a game. What a shame...this seemed to have huge potential.