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There are games that I have to be just about dragged into them. Yslandia is one of those games. I did not want to play this game at all. It took a fantastic PR contact with patience, and an upbeat attitude to get me to concede to giving this iPhone/iPod Touch game a try. What were my objections? Why didn't I want to play Yslandia? The games description sums it up. Yslandia is a MMORPG.

What do I have against Massive Multi-Player Online Role Playing Games? They are very addictive, and families have been split apart because of that genre. I know personally know people whose lives have been ruined thanks to certain MMORPGs. I have played them in the past, and they get in your head. Thought after thought becomes obsession about the game.

I gave Yslandia a chance, and found there is a real fun game for a cheap price. I forgot to mention that is another thing that bothered me about most MMORPG's. You have to pay the company every single month for the privilege of continuing to play the game. After a few months, it becomes a very expensive proposition. Yslandia cost ninety-nine cents. Family Friendly Gaming was provided a download code, so we did not even have to pay that.

The visuals in Yslandia are very bright and colorful. There is a nice variety in the characters in this game as well. Monsters look good, and are also diverse. The details are nicely done, and the artwork is generally pleasant to look at. The part about Yslandia that hurts it is the blood. There is blood after you kill something. Which brings up the violent aspect of Yslandia. Sometimes my own segways make me laugh. Like that one just did.

The music is exceptional in Yslandia. I found myself really enjoying the music in this app. For most apps I like to listen to my own songs, are just have quiet, but Yslandia is one of those games I wanted to keep listening to. The special effect sounds are also good. They are different for different areas too. Stepping into a building brings one sound, and stepping into a tent brings another. As a reviewer, Yslandia kept me on my toes looking for these little nuances.

For the price, Yslandia gives players a lot of game. There are tons of quests to perform, dungeons to explore, and areas to see. If I paid one penny shy of a dollar, I would feel like my money was well spent and then some. Leveling up does not take too long, but it is not super easy either. Quests are generally the better way of acquiring experience. Yslandia includes a lot of items that are used for different things. Plus I have it one good authority that there will be upgrades in the future. Sorry, I can't give any details at this time.

I love apps that allow me to touch a certain spot, and my character goes there. Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs did that exceptional well. Yslandia uses that same system, however it can get tiresome. Walking around the areas, and having to constantly touch in front of me was a bit annoying. I wish I could hold my finger there, and my character would keep going towards my finger. The other little issue I have with Yslandia is the beginning of the game. I walked around and got killed after the brief tutorial numerous times trying to find different characters. The quest was talk to this person, or deliver this. I eventually found where they were, but it was annoying guessing where someone was. Walking all around the island trying to find certain characters. Easing players into the game makes more sense to me.

I spent most of my time in Yslandia helping others out. This person needs medicine, or help thin out the monsters, etc. I love helping others out, and I love leveling up. Player versus player battles do not interest me personally, so I abstained whenever possible. The GM's in Yslandia are very friendly, helpful, and a great resource for a new player. If you have problems, and run across one, accept their help. They may have to explain how to type in the game though. I would advise parents to pay attention the age recommendation on Yslandia. Not everyone on the planet is friendly, and helpful, so your child may run into some bad people in this game. Yslandia does tell players to avoid giving out personal information, and sign an agreement about conduct.

What surprised me most about Yslandia is how much I enjoyed playing it. I was not constantly thinking about it. It does a lot of things right on the iPhone/iPod Touch which surprised me. There is some lag here and there, and it dropped me a couple of times. But for the price, this is the best MMORPG I have ever played.
- Paul


Graphics: 79%
Sound: 92%
Replay/Extras: 99%
Gameplay: 84%
Family Friendly Factor: 72%
System: iPhone/iPod Touch
Publisher: Bulkypix
Rating: '9+' for 9+
{Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence}

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