Square Enix have released their latest Android offering to the Play Store, in the form of the sequel to the mobile RPG Chaos Rings (which came out on Android last month): Chaos Rings Omega.

Chaos Rings was designed from the ground up to be a "mobile RPG," similar to - but carefully avoiding the name of - the Final Fantasy franchise. It seems very likely that Chaos Rings is Square's way of testing the waters of mobile before going all-in on a made-for-touch original Final Fantasy title. Chaos Rings Omega, visually, appears little different from the first Chaos Rings title. Obviously, it's filled with new content, but the 3D graphics appear largely similar, as does the combat system.

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Given that, it does seem a little... disingenuous to charge the same amount for this "sequel" as the original, at $13 here in the US. I could see $8, but without some kind of evolution to the underlying mechanics or visuals, this reeks of "glorified expansion pack." Don't get me wrong, Chaos Rings Omega is likely an awesome game - Square Enix does mobile surprisingly well. I certainly don't regret the $16 I spent on Final Fantasy III for Android.

Anyway, if you're dying for a first-grade RPG on Android, you'll do no better than Square's growing library, and Chaos Rings Omega looks to be another notch in the Japanese developer's highly-rated, highly-priced Android belt.

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