Square-Enix is preparing to jump into the iOS arena once again, with the "Reveal" of Chaos Rings II. The video bears all the hallmarks of classic Squeenix fare -- stoic men wielding large swords, fearsome monsters, swirling rays of light, and everyone's favorite, a Japanese voice actress yelling in highly distressed tones -- helpfully superimposed at times over an iPhone, just in case you've forgotten what that rectangular gizmo in your pocket looks like. I haven't played the original Chaos Rings, on account of my current "complete lack of Apple products," but if the reviews are any indication, it's definitely worth a go. The game was critically acclaimed, earning four stars (out of five) from GamePro, 9.5 from Destructoid, and 9.0 from IGN -- the latter of which gave Chaos Rings their "Editor's Choice" award.
While the idea of a cell phone RPG may seem superficially absurd, I'm of the belief that a good game is a good game, regardless of the platform -- I do, however, share David Lynch's very NSFW view of movies on cellphones -- despite the fact that I find it less immersive as the console experience. That aside, in the context of the legions of casual games on iOS and Android -- the latter of which is a particular point of frustration for me -- it's refreshing to see games that not only have higher aspirations than their myriad counterparts, but are being produced by experienced highly-regarded developers.