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Dragon Bane II

Dragon Bane II

Last changed: Aug 07, 2009

Dragon Bane II

Category: Games
Rating: rating 6(702)
Version: 1.1.4
Size: 1.4 MB

Price:  $2.99 

Description:

An old school RPG dungeon crawl featuring 100 monsters, 150 spells, 8 character classes, hundreds of objects, and 30 levels filled with traps, puzzles, treasures, and monsters.
Just like playing on your Apple II or Commodore 64 back in 1984! Bring back the memories.
Ever since Raamtha's apprentice was elected to lead the Wizard's Council, the King's Secret Guard have noted suspicious activity in New Treleon. There are rumors that Kra'an could be revived and shadowy figures have been seen frequenting murky taverns at night. Are the townsfolk fears misplaced, or is there a nefarious scheme in the works to bring Kra'an's revenge to the kingdom?
Accolades:
Dallas Morning News: "A worthy successor to the original Dragon Bane, as well as the old Bard's Tale and early Ultima series."
Tucows: 5 cows (out of 5)
Pocket Goddess: 10 Goddesses (out of 10)
Handango Champion Awards: "Best Games" Category
PDAGold: 4.5 stars (out of 5) "I have to say that Dragon Bane II does exactly what I was asking for"
PocketPC Magazine: Best Software Awards: Run/Jump/Simulation Games Category

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An absorbing homage to the early days of computer roleplaying  rating of Dragon Bane II
By: idespair - 01-Oct-2008
Version: 1.1.0
Dragon Bane is a port of a six or seven year old Palm OS game, which in turn gives more than a nod to The Bards Tale RPG series. This isn't the smoothed over interface of Dungeon Master or Eye of the Beholder - despite moving around the world a step at a time in 3D, battles are purely text based affairs. The Palm heritage is obvious from the low resolution bitmap text to the VGA-style colour graphics, and you can tell it was designed with the stylus in mind as careless presses can see you defend when you meant to cast or run.
That said, there is an enormous world to explore, puzzles to solve, characters to meet and recruit and I quickly found myself engrossed. There is provision for a number of save games, and if you quit out you will be returned to the same place when you reload. If you grew up on the early PC RPGs then this is a superb example of the genre and at the price should be considered a must buy.
Were it to undergo further development, it would be nice to see a new graphics pack, as well as an on screen compass and the ability to add notes to the (otherwise excellent) automap.


The only true legacy RPG on the iPhone  rating of Dragon Bane II
By: highspire - Nov 10, 2008
Version: 1.1.3
In the vein of Bard's Tale, Wizardry, etc. It's a great game. I still have not beaten it playing 6 hrs a day for two weeks (tho I did start over a third(?) of the way in twice). You can have 5 in yr party of a variety of classes that you can swap out at inns when needed. So far I've counted somewhere around 15 characters you can add to yr party total (some in the town via the cemetary portal). You gain experience, level up, roam the land, each character can hold 10 items. It's a classic RPG. Straight up. Now the nitpicking. The graphics are very much akin to circa 83 rpg graphics. But this wasn't ported with the iPhone in mind graphically. Yeah it's supposed to be pixel-ly. But the graphics are blown out a bit like looking at a jpg at 80%. Plus overall the graphics could be updated a bit and still keep the feel. I wish the characters could carry more, maybe based on strength. 10 items doesn't go far. Once a character gets equipped in "full armor" and weapondry (helm, armor, gloves, shield, weapon, ring, necklace), that's 7 spots taken up. With the Mage class, u might minus the shield but all the staffs, books and various magical spells, maybe some fruit to replentish spell points... You end up having to drop or sell a lot of stuff after a while and running back into towns. Add to that the keys, sword parts and various things you have to carry to progress through the game... It becomes very tedious at times especially deep in a dungeon. Tho I do know that the makers are trying to keep the game true to form. But an upgrade here would be nice. It's also be nice to have a few side quests invovled via tavern gossip etc or running across an npc out in the fields or wherever. And a potion shop... Anyway just nipicking here. Overall it's a great little game and def worth the price of admission if you're into RPGs.


Classic 80's RPG  rating of Dragon Bane II
By: Catgames - Oct 26, 2008
Version: 1.1.2
If you liked Bard's Tale, you'll love Dragon Bane II. Choose up to 5 characters from 8 fighter or mage classes to form your party. Travel through dungeons, towns, and wilderness using 6 navigation buttons. Battle increasingly difficult monsters with special weapons or powerful magic spells to collect rare treasure and find the Dragon Bane.
Gameplay is just like the old Bard’s Tale, with the 4-direction view and turn-based battle system. The graphics are old school, as are the actions available to your characters. The only animation available is the opening of doors (and you can opt out of this), so expect to be reading a lot of text to follow along with the action. The sounds are limited to the opening and closing of doors and bumping into walls. The multiple saves and save-anytime abilities are probably the best features, as you can always go back and load a previous saved game if you mess up. A button on the navigation screen allows you to view an overhead map, which is incredibly helpful while finding your way through the repetitive dungeon walls, or distinguishing the shoppe from all the non-descript buildings in town.
As with any classic 80’s RPG, the plot involves rescuing important people, finding rare artifacts, and challenging tough bosses to defeat an evil entity threatening to destroy the land. In order to survive, your party must fight various degrees of monsters to gain experience and raise level. Finding the best battle strategy that works for your combination of characters is essential to getting through long dungeons.
The price may seem a bit high, but the app is very well written, and the hours of entertainment it provides is well worth the sticker price. This game is only recommended if you’re into old-style RPGs, as it does not have the bells and whistles of newer generation games. If you’re new to this style of gaming, I recommend familiarizing yourself with the free online manual. Also, the developers have provided an online forum for questions and discussions if you get stuck in the game.
A few suggestions for the developers:
1) Since item space becomes a premium halfway through the game, a place in town where the party can store a few items would be helpful. Each character has 10 spaces, but 7 are taken up by equipment. Together with the required storyline items, this leaves little space for the plentiful dungeon treasures to be had. Also, the ability to exchange items amongst characters (when everyone is full) would be nice.
2) How about an identify spell for the thief? This would save time from having to go back to town before deciding which items to drop.
3) May we have the ability to re-name the characters?


going old school  rating of Dragon Bane II
By: bLc Blue Dragon - Oct 16, 2008
Version: 1.1.2
has never been better this classic rpg is great. graphically its pretty cool to see all the pixelated enviorments. the combat is classic turned based. the game is also pretty long and will keep you engaged for quite a while. the only big downside is that their is no cool retro music to go along with the expirence. however i highly recomend this game to any big rpg fan. o ya did i mention the save anywhere feature comes in handy when playing in short bursts.


Just what I wanted!  rating of Dragon Bane II
By: Razdan - Oct 1, 2008
Version: 1.1.0
This game is a real dungeon crawl! It is exactly like RPG games from the late 80's and early 90's that so few have been able to emulate. If you want a really in depth and fun dungeon adventure to save the realm, this game is for you! Also, this game includes a free editor so players can make games for the engine! You can even make your own new graphics, reminds me of the bard's tale construction set or adventure creator. I'm really pumped this game came out, it is a real Role Playing party dungeon crawl, based on winning game mechanics that made bards tale a RPG icon. All you younger people that never got to play with the commodore 64 RPG games, play this game.


Wonderful, lengthy RPG  rating of Dragon Bane II
By: istaraa - 16-Aug-2009
Version: 1.1.4
Dragon Bane II is a brilliant old-school style RPG that dedicated RPG fans will love. It has hours of play. Because the graphics are so simple, and there are no animations, the game hardly seems to use any battery at all. It loads and quits instantly.
As RPGs go it's quite tough, particularly at the start. Healing and gear are very expensive. It gets easier later on. There's also a full walkthrough available on the internet. If you liked The Quest then you will enjoy this.
Dragon Bane II is also an impressively long game: you really will get your money's worth. And the storyline is interesting. You never really need to grind, but you can grind if you want to, to level up before starting the next dungeon, or to level up a character so they can use a particular piece of equipment, and so on.


A Classic D&D and GREAT support to boot!  rating of Dragon Bane II
By: Adam La - 10-Oct-2008
Version: 1.1.1
If you're after a classic D&D RPG, you must get this game! It's in the style of The Bards Tale etc, so, the graphics and sound are basic but this is just the kind of retro detail that will take you back to the C64/Apple days. The game has great playability too, at least 48 hrs of solid gaming to be had... at least. You will flatten the battery over and over with this one :) BTW, GREAT customer service, a had a glitch with my iPhone and the developers wrote some custom code as a fix ... in only 1 day!!!!! Just great.


A great, nostalgic game  rating of Dragon Bane II
By: Ejwalsh102 - Oct 10, 2008
Version: 1.1.1
I played the original Dragon Bane for the Palm Pilot some 10 years back so this game brings back memories of that as well as Wizardry and the original Bard's Tale as others have said. I took a star off not for the price (which is reasonable when I consider how many hours I am about to spend playing) but for the graphics. I would have expected the authors to update it at least a little to take advantage of the device. Also as others have said this is a retro-style game. It is NOT World of Warcraft. If you're expecting that then move along. If you remember and like the early Bard's Tale then this is your game.


Nice!  rating of Dragon Bane II
By: Ishkebibble - Oct 8, 2008
Version: 1.1.1
I'm not as old as some of the geezers posting reviews for this, but this brings me back to my childhood. :P I love the fact that some developers that are putting out titles for mobile devices as catering to the RPG community instead of casual gamers so even if this game sucked (which it doesn't) I'd still have points to give the devs. Not recommended for anyone born after '85 - and even then I'm being pretty generous - though everyone should give it a spin to see what gaming was like back when people were riding dinosaurs to work. :P Minus one star for the price. I can see the justification in charging $1-$3 for this since you guys brought a dungeon crawl to the mobile world, but almost all games like this are abandonware (meaning FREE) for the PC. To end this on a positive note: totally satisfied with everything else. Glad to see RPGs coming out for the iPhone and other devices. Sidenote: how about an update with a quest log so I don't forget what I'm doing all the time? :)


An absorbing homage to the early days of computer roleplaying  rating of Dragon Bane II
By: idespair - 01-Oct-2008
Version: 1.1.0
Dragon Bane is a port of a six or seven year old Palm OS game, which in turn gives more than a nod to The Bards Tale RPG series. This isn't the smoothed over interface of Dungeon Master or Eye of the Beholder - despite moving around the world a step at a time in 3D, battles are purely text based affairs. The Palm heritage is obvious from the low resolution bitmap text to the VGA-style colour graphics, and you can tell it was designed with the stylus in mind as careless presses can see you defend when you meant to cast or run.
That said, there is an enormous world to explore, puzzles to solve, characters to meet and recruit and I quickly found myself engrossed. There is provision for a number of save games, and if you quit out you will be returned to the same place when you reload. If you grew up on the early PC RPGs then this is a superb example of the genre and at the price should be considered a must buy.
Were it to undergo further development, it would be nice to see a new graphics pack, as well as an on screen compass and the ability to add notes to the (otherwise excellent) automap.


 
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Excellent. Best RPG on the iphone  rating of Dragon Bane II
By: Dozimina - Jan 3, 2009
Version: 1.1.3
Best RPG on the iPhone. Challenging dungeons and monsters in the D&D genre. You won't solve this in 2 hours. Didn't crash once. Great fun while waiting away from home. Yes, it is 80's but reminiscent of the old Wizardry and other great PC RPG games. Good price at $2.


Excellent Old-School Fun  rating of Dragon Bane II
By: #1Nerd - Dec 20, 2008
Version: 1.1.3
Not flashy, but just what I was looking for. If you like this sort of old-school RPG, then I highly recommend this game. If the control were adapted further to take advantage of the responsive touch screen (it was obviously a quick port from another handheld platform), then I would give it 5 stars.


Still Great  rating of Dragon Bane II
By: Elvis Omar - Dec 13, 2008
Version: 1.1.3
I played Ultima III, IV and Wizardry back in the day. This lives up to that legacy and lives in my pocket. Thanks to Gabe & Jason. Sorry I killed your dog. I would echo the call to see Ultima return!!!


Good times...  rating of Dragon Bane II
By: Morel Orel - Nov 21, 2008
Version: 1.1.3
Old school RPG fun. Respect.


Classic RPG!  rating of Dragon Bane II
By: Gregorious99 - Nov 19, 2008
Version: 1.1.3
Awesome old school goodness. Graphics are better than some of the little kid reviews here. It is all about real stats and content. The controls are real easy as well. Favorite app now.


The only true legacy RPG on the iPhone  rating of Dragon Bane II
By: highspire - Nov 10, 2008
Version: 1.1.3
In the vein of Bard's Tale, Wizardry, etc. It's a great game. I still have not beaten it playing 6 hrs a day for two weeks (tho I did start over a third(?) of the way in twice). You can have 5 in yr party of a variety of classes that you can swap out at inns when needed. So far I've counted somewhere around 15 characters you can add to yr party total (some in the town via the cemetary portal). You gain experience, level up, roam the land, each character can hold 10 items. It's a classic RPG. Straight up. Now the nitpicking. The graphics are very much akin to circa 83 rpg graphics. But this wasn't ported with the iPhone in mind graphically. Yeah it's supposed to be pixel-ly. But the graphics are blown out a bit like looking at a jpg at 80%. Plus overall the graphics could be updated a bit and still keep the feel. I wish the characters could carry more, maybe based on strength. 10 items doesn't go far. Once a character gets equipped in "full armor" and weapondry (helm, armor, gloves, shield, weapon, ring, necklace), that's 7 spots taken up. With the Mage class, u might minus the shield but all the staffs, books and various magical spells, maybe some fruit to replentish spell points... You end up having to drop or sell a lot of stuff after a while and running back into towns. Add to that the keys, sword parts and various things you have to carry to progress through the game... It becomes very tedious at times especially deep in a dungeon. Tho I do know that the makers are trying to keep the game true to form. But an upgrade here would be nice. It's also be nice to have a few side quests invovled via tavern gossip etc or running across an npc out in the fields or wherever. And a potion shop... Anyway just nipicking here. Overall it's a great little game and def worth the price of admission if you're into RPGs.


Exactly like Bard's Tale  rating of Dragon Bane II
By: SkydiverTilt - Nov 9, 2008
Version: 1.1.3
Unreal. Runs extremely fast and hasn't crashed on me yet! Two differences to Bard's... + you can save anywhere and anytime in multiple slots. Con... You can't get battle scrolling to go superfast...it would be nice to have that option in battles that disinterest you. Five stars... Outstanding work!!!!! Now if only there was an Ultima4 remake...hint...hint...hint...


Mainlining DB2  rating of Dragon Bane II
By: Kona Coffee - Oct 29, 2008
Version: 1.1.2
Addicting. Challenging without being frustrating. Back to actually having to use some imagination again in RPG.


Well worth the price.  rating of Dragon Bane II
By: Andre Khromov - Oct 27, 2008
Version: 1.1.2
Just like Bard's Tale for the iPhone.


Classic 80's RPG  rating of Dragon Bane II
By: Catgames - Oct 26, 2008
Version: 1.1.2
If you liked Bard's Tale, you'll love Dragon Bane II. Choose up to 5 characters from 8 fighter or mage classes to form your party. Travel through dungeons, towns, and wilderness using 6 navigation buttons. Battle increasingly difficult monsters with special weapons or powerful magic spells to collect rare treasure and find the Dragon Bane.
Gameplay is just like the old Bard’s Tale, with the 4-direction view and turn-based battle system. The graphics are old school, as are the actions available to your characters. The only animation available is the opening of doors (and you can opt out of this), so expect to be reading a lot of text to follow along with the action. The sounds are limited to the opening and closing of doors and bumping into walls. The multiple saves and save-anytime abilities are probably the best features, as you can always go back and load a previous saved game if you mess up. A button on the navigation screen allows you to view an overhead map, which is incredibly helpful while finding your way through the repetitive dungeon walls, or distinguishing the shoppe from all the non-descript buildings in town.
As with any classic 80’s RPG, the plot involves rescuing important people, finding rare artifacts, and challenging tough bosses to defeat an evil entity threatening to destroy the land. In order to survive, your party must fight various degrees of monsters to gain experience and raise level. Finding the best battle strategy that works for your combination of characters is essential to getting through long dungeons.
The price may seem a bit high, but the app is very well written, and the hours of entertainment it provides is well worth the sticker price. This game is only recommended if you’re into old-style RPGs, as it does not have the bells and whistles of newer generation games. If you’re new to this style of gaming, I recommend familiarizing yourself with the free online manual. Also, the developers have provided an online forum for questions and discussions if you get stuck in the game.
A few suggestions for the developers:
1) Since item space becomes a premium halfway through the game, a place in town where the party can store a few items would be helpful. Each character has 10 spaces, but 7 are taken up by equipment. Together with the required storyline items, this leaves little space for the plentiful dungeon treasures to be had. Also, the ability to exchange items amongst characters (when everyone is full) would be nice.
2) How about an identify spell for the thief? This would save time from having to go back to town before deciding which items to drop.
3) May we have the ability to re-name the characters?


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