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I remember ASH fondly on the iOS platform. I am pleased to see ASH port over to the Nintendo 3DS. I am thankful Family Friendly Gaming was provided a download code for ASH on the 3DS. As of right now (the moment this review is being written), there are no physical copies of ASH for sale at retail. I would love to see all of ASH II ported over to the 3DS as well. Then a compilation cartridge can be released for the millions of families that only buy physical copies.

ASH is in the vein of the old school role playing video games. Think of Final Fantasy IV, except ASH looks better. Meaning better graphics, better drawings, and a better story. This also means families are expected to grind to progress in ASH. I noticed multiple places in ASH where I needed to grind to get to the next area, or to get through a certain dungeon.

Magic is a big part of ASH. In fact it is humorous that after a character is magically corrupted there is still skepticism about its existence. Reminds me of people who have witnessed real world miracles, later doubting God's power. How short term is the memory of some people on this planet? ASH also has some humor that could be taken as offensive. Like when the younger character pretends to be romantically involved with another male character. Talk about controversial and divisive.

The music in ASH is good. I enjoyed listening to the different tracks while playing ASH. There is some bad language in ASH though. The bad language was not needed, and really tarnishes the experience of ASH. The party is what levels up in ASH. Not individual characters. I like this set up personally, and really enjoyed it in ASH. I also like all health and skill points resetting with each level up.

Armor and weapons are found in dungeons, and bought in towns. This is another way to hasten the grinding needed in ASH. Die in ASH and you respawn with one hit point near the last inn you visited. ASH teaches us to avoid harboring hatred in our hearts. Too many people in this day and age ignore concepts like turning the other cheek, and treating others as you want to be treated.
-RPG Master


Graphics: 60%
Sound: 65%
Replay/Extras: 80%
Gameplay: 85%
Family Friendly Factor: 75%

System: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Circle Ent.
Developer: OVERTURN, SRRN Games
{Violence, Language}
Company provided product
Value/Cost of the review is greater than value/cost of provided product

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