Guilty Dragon May Change What You Think About iOS And Android RPGs

By Spencer . September 16, 2012 . 11:00am

We’ve seen a bunch of retro RPGs from Kemco and, of course, Final Fantasy Dimensions. Square Enix’s Chaos Rings series looks pretty polished, but CyberConnect2 upped the ante with Guilty Dragon. This smartphone game has the eye catching battle scenes that are kind of like .hack//Versus, but Guilty Dragon is on your phone.


Players start Guilty Dragon by creating a character and choosing a country: Cereka the Blue Country, Val Kul the Red Country or Refarn the Green Country. Then you can equip your hero with a sword or cat ears, your choice! CyberConnect2 says Guilty Dragon has a connection to the .hack universe, but still haven’t explained the details. Wouldn’t it be crazy if Guilty Dragon was a mini-game in the World? Just kidding!

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  • Cephrien

    There’s no way this game DOESN’T take place in Dot Hack’s “THE WORLD”. xD;

    • LynxAmali

      I won’t be surprised if it takes place during the backstory of R2.

      We’ve gone meta.

    • Glenn De Boer

       Ironically it’s part of the .Hack Series so most likely it plays in the World a newly updated one called The World:Armed Conflict. Not sure if it has any canon relevance to the other games but it looks a bit more like the Versus/Movie style The World Force Era and VS:The World

  • Z3

    The music from the beginning of the video sounds awfully familiar

  • Ryan Chiu

    You just know it’s going to be a Japanese-only game. Which sucks, because there aren’t that many great smartphone games in English. 

  • Victoria [Rokuso3]

    I really miss .hack… :'( and I don’t have an iOS or Android phone.

    • Godmars

      For what its worth, you can find tablets for around $100 and under if you look.

      Though I’m guessing age of model will effect which games you can play. What version of its own OS it can support.

  • Godmars

    Wow. That combat engine looks tons better than anything that’s been done on consoles or handhelds in a while.

  • It looks like more flash than substance, but it’s still too soon to tell.

  • The game looks GORGEOUS. Love the battle sequences, but the only thing that hasn’t impressed me much is the field navigation. It seems that they’re handling field exploration with menus, and that’s kinda off putting. Chaos Rings (which I believe to be this game’s biggest competitor so far :P) Had small and repetitive areas to explore, but it was still fun to look around and move your character about, only to find new treasure chests. Chaos Rings II scenarios were even better, with character specific environmental puzzles and whatnot.

    That being said, I’m definitely getting this if they release it on the european app store, game looks gorgeous and interesting.

  • drproton

    I suppose I’ll have to get a tablet eventually for these types of games.  I don’t like playing games on my phone, but I can’t ignore the occasional legitimately good content available for these devices. Or maybe my Ouya will be enough.

  • Jirin

    That does look really cool.  It’s hard to tell how the combat works from that video.

    FFDimensions is kind of like the ‘The Artist’ of 16 bit RPGs. It paid a lot of attention to capturing the aesthetics while ignoring all the reasons 16 bit RPGs were fun in the first place. Plus the interface was so bad it’s obvious developers had no idea how to use limited screen space. It’s good to see some RPGs trying to use space smartly for modern-looking games.

  • MrRobbyM

    Not really convinced, but it does look like a step up from the other RPGs on iOS.

  • Well this just looks amazing! I hope we get a localized version soon =^_^=

  • Neophoton

    I doubt it’ll get localized, but who knows. It certainly does look fun, though iOS and Android RPGs aren’t much of my thing.

  • sd28

    not bad but i would prefer to play something like this on a handheld console rather than waste my phones battery

  • Xekyo

    That video was amazing.  I have TWEWY on my phone already but now this.  I’m actually getting excited about iOS games.  This seriously needs to get localized in the US.  With the new iPhone and it’s new A6 chip, I can see a lot of new console level games like this in the near future.  

    • Syn

      It does look amazing, but lets not use “console level gaming” carelessly as IOS and Android games still have a ways to go before one can even begin to compare the two seriously, mobile games have their charm and strengths, and are becoming even more amazing each day but, it will still be a while(by that I mean about a year or something like that in tech time) before we see an actual vita or 3ds level game in terms of exploration, interactivity, level design, content( 3ds games have that hands down), as well as more intuitive controls.

      With that said, this game does look freaking amazing, hope it delivers on massive content and that those moves were one of many actual skill strikes and not cut scenes made to look like strikes.

  • It looks like they took away the exploring part of RPG. You walk in one way, I agree it looks amazing but I feel like it’ll be really bland.

  • Leon_Tekashi

    This got me thinking, why is Namco Bandai USA picky with their games. Some of their games that never got localized should have been localized. 

  • Foofin Around

    I’m definitely going to watch this.  I love me some console games, but iOS gaming is pretty fun, too! (^o^)/

    Though am I the only one that sees a little of GKH and games like it in the description?  Maybe just me… (;^_^)

  • So I suppose Aura is somewhere in there too?

  • Looks really cool. Hopefully a localized version will reach North American shores. I really want to see how this connects to .hack//, I mean I really want to know. 

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    I don’t even care anymore here whether it is IOs or not here.T_T As long as i can refill my thirst for .hack game here, i will gobble anything that had relation with .hack here.

    And this game does to link between link era to .hack Sekai no Mukou ni era there as one of the girl character equipment there is the exact same as one of “Sora” friend there.^_^

    And it seems our favorite Azure Kite is evolving again there.^_^

  • Julien Lavoie

    This is a social game. You complete text quests to get ressources which you can spend on upgrading your equipment to move forward. Combats are automatic and for flash only, so is customization.

    Analyse the video and play one of the top grossing social games like Rage of Bahamut or Dark Summoner and you’ll understand what kind of game this is.

  • PoweredByHentai

    Any idea when Guilty Dragon will be available?

  • Shaun Huseman

    Some RPGs on the iPhone have been ok, but until they get some actual physical controls on mobile phone games, I cant take it seriously. I hate being limited by the control schemes they use and I hate having to obscure the screen with my hand while playing.

    • Andrew Chen

      I have actually found playing traditional JRPGs on iPhone work decently. 
      As with anything requiring control of a third/first person avatar, touch controls have not proven optimal. That said, the slower pace makes navigation less of a problem, menus are handled easily with touch and several configurations (e.g. tap where on the screen to go) also help.Now Action RPGs on the other hand…fuhgeddaboutit.

  • Wow, Kite looks amazing.

  • 3 countries reminds me of grand knight history? Hope it will be enjoyable… iOS omg…
    W8 now think about it the guy in the vid looks like the antagonist in Unchain Blade sequel…

  • Alexandra Cordes

    Loving the music. Still wish there was a new .hack MMO, though… I would play the heck out of that. 

  • Asuna Ilano

    damn, another reason to get an iphone :/

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  • Arie Rambe

    why cant i pass the chara making screen? it keeps looping to change names n stuffs

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