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Gamevil's Zenonia franchise has been impossible to ignore on Android, if only because there have been four relatively high-budget releases in as many years. The fifth installment of the action RPG series, subtitled "Wheel Of Destiny" in the continuing tradition of semi-meaningless JRPG convention, is available now. It's a free download for anyone running Android 2.2 or later.

Gamevil's claim that Zenonia is the "definitive action RPG" might be a little dubious, but it's certainly got its share of fans. If you haven't played any of the previous games, think of it as old-school, 2D Zelda with more RPG elements: leveling statistics, multi-character parties, and tons of loot. Like both Zenonia 3 and 4, the fifth version is free, but supported by in-app purchases that can boost your party's experience, grant extra revives, and so on.

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There's a new story with flashy new sprite-based graphics, but the biggest addition to the series is probably PVP multiplayer. The rules for multiplayer are a little different than the standard game, but you'll be able to collect powerful weapons and armor - all the more reason to shell out a little real-world cash to toughen up your Paladin, eh?

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://twitter.com/BENETNATH BENETNATH

    root right requested ?? is it a joke ?

    • http://www.facebook.com/jwei1992 Jon Nomoreyolo Wei

      It's to seek out the rooted users and ban them so they cant 'hack'

      • Kenneth Leong

        does this mean if you are rooted you cannot play zenonia? coz i cannot play zenonia 4 on any of my 4.2 devices

      • patatdrolleke83

        So ... just decline the root access will "fix" it?

        • http://www.twitter.com/Genjinaro Genjinaro

          Right, it seems that simple.

        • Anonymous

          Not that simple. It just quits if you deny it root access.

          • Jonathan Wei

            Not necessarily. I denied it, and it quit, but re-opening it works.

    • GraveUypo

      yeah that's what i was gonna post.

      anyways, i'll be skipping z4 because i'm sick and tired of the beginning of the game. every time i go 3~ hours into it i somehow lose my savegame :|

    • George

      I have a rooted phone and a non-rooted tablet. On my phone, it requests root access. I denied it, and the app just quit. On my tablet, it just works like normal. I don't understand either.

  • Adam92Wilkins

    well guess im never gonna finish z4 now....

    • Korey Page

      I just started the z4 over on my new phone and then this news... smh lol. Almost finished z2 tho.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Genjinaro Genjinaro

    Geez, I never even finished the 1st Zenonia LOL, are the stories linked in any solid way? Can I skip? :p

    • Sqube

      Stories aren't even remotely related. I'm just curious as to whether they're ever going to get big enough to hire someone who speaks English worth a damn.

      They've been steadily getting better, but Engrish still peeks through every now and again.

      • http://www.facebook.com/supahsoniko Phillip Huynh

        So far only slight link to each other is the fact that the characters in the 2nd Zenonia are mentioned in the 3rd. I have not played the 4th or 5th but eh, whatever.

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      every time a new one comes out, i get the urge to try to get past the first area in the first game..... still working on it... :)

  • http://twitter.com/Darkmyth_pt Darkmyth PT

    why does it ask root access? strange...

    • Paul_Werner

      Probably because it's checking for apps that are used for cheating at games. They can give you free gold you are supposed to buy. You can deny access and if you load it twice it will run from what I read online

  • http://twitter.com/Darkmyth_pt Darkmyth PT

    can someone tell me how do we apply the points on status?

  • http://profiles.google.com/kwillsrepsbk Kevin Williams

    when it ask for super user permission i denied it twice then it boots up perfectly fine, graphics is great..i know the in app purchases are gonna force me to fight a lot of monsters to lvl up because i dont feel like spending money just to get by in this game.