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  • Summary: These are strange days for Aghaus. By order of the Magistrate, the Royal Guard is to assemble for deployment in two days’ time. It has been years since I last left the capital, and further still that I can remember such a command being issued! But what need is there for a Royal Guard,These are strange days for Aghaus. By order of the Magistrate, the Royal Guard is to assemble for deployment in two days’ time. It has been years since I last left the capital, and further still that I can remember such a command being issued! But what need is there for a Royal Guard, when no King sits upon the throne? Though my oath binds me to his service, the Magistrate is not my liege. He rules in the absence of a rightful heir.

    My men await their orders; they too are uneasy. It is for their sake that I stay my tongue, and place my faith in the Almighty that my fears are unfounded.

    Tomorrow, we make for the East.

    –Captain Creval of the Royal Guard, in the 895th year of our Empire

    Ash tells the story of two mercenaries on the fringes of the Empire of Aghaus, a once-great kingdom now fallen into ruin after the death of its king five years prior. When a routine contract takes an unexpected turn, the two men are gradually embroiled in a conflict that consumes the entire continent—and brings to light the mercenaries’ mysterious pasts.

    Designed exclusively for the iPhone, Ash is a classic turn-based JRPG, featuring an all-new, intuitive touch-based interface, a massive, fully-realized world with lush visuals licensed from Enterbrain, and a wonderfully compelling story.
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  1. Jan 31, 2011
    91
    Ash brings retro RPGs to a new platform with a game that looks like it was designed for the SNES.
  2. Jan 27, 2011
    90
    Even with its minor faults, Ash is one of the better RPGs available in the App Store. It tells an engrossing story with characters that are full of personality and emotion. It's definitely not the most complex game when it comes to character progression, but the gameplay is fun and a nice change from some of the more convoluted RPGs out there.
  3. Jan 27, 2011
    75
    Ash has a stand-out story and lots of old-school charm. It's not without issues, but the pros outweigh the cons.
  4. Jan 27, 2011
    75
    Though I suspect once you get involved with Ash, you won't be able to put it down until you see what happens next.
  5. Jan 27, 2011
    70
    But I still got frustrated with the ease of getting lost and I wouldn't mind a little more focus – but that was another trope of these classics, an occasional drift. But on the whole, this is a worthy adventure for retrogamers.
  6. Jan 27, 2011
    70
    If you're in the mood for a brand new RPG that feels like a throwback to an early Final Fantasy game, developers SRRN have got your back.
  7. Jan 27, 2011
    60
    If you are a huge RPG fan and need something to play on the go, there are frankly better titles out there, but if you've played all those, Ash will sort you out.
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