|Release date(s)||November 1st, 2010|
'Voice Fantasy' is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix and released for the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Players create characters using the sounds of their own voices and then engage in combat with in game enemies or each other. The game was critically panned by reviewers, criticized for its limited game play with little replay value, though praised for its novel concept.
The game contains three modes of play; "Single Match", where players battle other players, "Tag Match" where they battle in groups of two, and "Demon King", where monsters are battled instead. Once battle commences, all battle actions and commands are automated. Based on the pitch of your voice, a character will be created with different levels of eight different combat attributes such as abilities, personality, and jobs such as a warrior or a mage. As the character players have created attack, they repeat the sound or words the player used to create them, sometimes using a different pitch level. The game holds up to 50 characters, and characters can be saved or deleted after each round of combat.
Developer studios Koto Laboratories contributed to the software development and sound implementation. On February 22, 2010, Square Enix registered a trademark for Voice Fantasy. Some excitement and discussion preceded the release of the game, when a week before its release, Square Enix posted on their Facebook page that they were releasing a game allowing players to create characters with their voices, and some speculated it was related to a previously released game called Song Summoners. On February 18, 2011, the game was updated so that players could play as any of the three main characters from the highly acclaimed video game Secret of Mana.
Two major concerns of reviewers were the lack of ability by the player to participate in combat, and prevent any mistakes by the in game AI, and the inability of the characters to gain a higher level through experience points like other role playing games, making any weak skilled characters not worth playing with at all. IGN referred to the game as a tech demo, citing its lack of extensive gameplay or story, and rated the game 5.5, or "Mediocre". Reviewers cited that other than brief laughter with friends at the strange or obscene things they got their characters to say, the length of gameplay could be measured in minutes. Touch Arcade classified it as on the border between a game and an entertainment app because of its brevity and its lack of interactivity, but recommended it for playing in the presence of friends to show the iPhones unique gaming capabilities. The game was praised for its novelty, and Square's attempts to create a game specifically using the strengths of the game system it was making games for, and also trying something new instead of more efforts at porting older games. The graphics were also praised for their retro and colorful graphics style, and was named "App of the Day" by The Unofficial Apple Blog. It has also been noted that the spells, monsters, names and music of the game do not come from any established Final Fantasy game, making the "Fantasy" title feel "tacked on."
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