No multiplayer means only one thing. More loot for you.
To appreciate Crescent Moon Games' Pocket RPG, you need to accept the App for what it is: a standard issue dungeon crawler intended for a casual audience. Anyone running into this game expecting Diablo or Dungeon Siege (or to a lesser extent, Dungeon Hunter) will later kick him or herself for spending $2.99; launch sale price.
That doesn't mean, however, that Pocket RPG's a terrible game. Quite the opposite. This iPad exclusive hack-and slash title lets you choose from The Blade Master, The Dark Ranger and The Battle Mage, three warriors that basically translate to melee, ranged and magician, respectively.
From there, you enter randomly generated dungeons and slaughter a variety of monsters and bosses while hoarding as much loot as possible, including coins used to purchase items from a shop keeper. You also have the option of applying money earned towards learning new skills, which in turn makes better weapons available the further you progress.
That said, Pocket RPG comes with a few potential issues, depending on your personal tastes. First, you only have three save slots, one for each character. Second, the game wipes your inventory at the beginning of each new dungeon, which makes spending cash to unlock better weaponry in future dungeons even more important.
For most role-playing enthusiasts, being hung upside down and robbed of their precious items could be a deal breaker, but this design decision works in the game's favor. With little story to speak of (and character personality to boot), Pocket RPG is repetitive as is. By hitting the delete button on a person's inventory, the developers put the focus squarely on learning new skills and becoming more proficient with the best swords, axes and other sharp pointy objects. You don't have to like it, but to get the most from this App, you'll learn to live with it.
What you don't have to accept, though, is the complete lack of multiplayer. Why Crescent Games chose to make this a solo affair remains a mystery. We just hope it gets added in a future update.
Despite its faults, Pocket RPG is still a fun way to pass the time, especially for gamers who prefer to ditch cookie cutter stories in favor of mindless hacking. Just don't expect to play it weeks from now, barring downloadable content.
[Editor's Note: We may re-evaluate Pocket RPG once Crescent Moon Games releases updates.]
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
What's Hot: Randomly generated dungeons, three unique classes, a large number of weapons, tons of monsters to kill.
What's Not: Losing loot between quests, no multiplayer whatsoever, long load times.