Your scheduled reminder to put Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey on your radar
The game I left E3 2015 most excited about was Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey, a JRPG from French developer Kobojo. As we near the game’s November release for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, I want to make sure you’re excited about it, too, and using a new character reveal from the developer seems as good an opportunity as any to take another look.
Those who aren’t yet familiar with the game can read up on the story (and get a good sense of the visual style) at zodiac.kobojo.com. Of course, you can get the same from the trailer, so may we suggest this one from the Tokyo Game Show?
As I wrote after returning from E3 2015, I spent quite a bit of time with Zodiac at a post-show event, and I loved every second of it. The visuals are fantastic, and the combat will thrill fans of turn-based JRPGs, such as myself. When it’s a particular character’s turn to fight, a crescent of combat options will appear before him or her (or it). You drag that option overtop the person you want to attack (or buff, if it’s your own party), and that action is executed. You’ll quickly discover a strategy that best utilizes the skills of your diverse (and interchangeable) party, or you’ll lose. I’ll admit that my battles took much longer than they should have, but once I figure out what skills were effective against what enemies, I was able to pick up on the flow of combat.
And now, Zodiac has released more details one of your combatants: Eko, a 12-year-old Phyltrian. In the game, Eko ventures beyond the city walls for the first time, beginning a journey that will force him to grow up fast not just to defend his own people, but to safeguard the future of Orcanon itself.
We missed the other character reveals before launching Public Access Gaming, but you can bet we won’t miss anymore…Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey is right at the center of our iOS game radar, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated on the game’s progress as we near its launch next month.