of Illusions was about
a young gardener turned hero's journey to slay an evil dragon.
This time, the award-winning developer PDAMill presents Arvale
II: Ocean of Time, a new RPG game with a storyline that will
remind you of the Indiana Jones series of movies. You play
the role of John DeMenchev, who has been researching the
ancient Mazulen civilization for most of his life. He has
studied the ancient civilization so much, that he can even
read their language. He believes that they could use an awesome
power, or something that could change history. After all
the years of research, he discovered that one of the Mazulen
temples is near his home! He ventured off into the temple,
but things didn't go quite as planned…
Gameplay in Arvale II is very similar to that of the original
game. It is a turn-based RPG, which means that in battle, you
will make a move, and then the enemy will make a move, etc.
until either someone dies or someone flees. In battle, there
are four things you can do. You can attack with weapons, attack
with bolts, use potions, or flee. There are three types of
weapons you can use: swords, spears, and clubs. Swords work
best against opponents with clubs, spears work best against
opponents with swords, and clubs work best against opponents
with swords. When you're in battle, make sure to check which
type of weapon your opponent has, and use the weapon that can
overpower theirs to do maximum damage. The bolts deal elemental
damage. There are three elements: earth, fire, and water. Just
like how different weapons overpower each other, elements can
overpower each other, in this order: water overpowers fire,
fire overpowers ground, and ground overpowers water. Remember
to use the best element when your opponent uses a specific
element to do maximum damage. There are two types of potion
that can be used in battle. There is a health potion which
will recover a certain amount of health depending on its strength,
and boosting elemental potions, which will raise your character's
stats for the remainder of the battle. Finally, the flee option
will remove you from battle, but it may sometimes fail, which
will make you miss your turn. If you win a battle, you will
gain experience, earn some gold, and possibly get an item.
After a certain amount of experience points are earned, your
character will gain an experience level. Gaining an experience
level can boost stats in areas such as health, dexterity, strength,
defense, aiming, and resistance. Like many other RPGs, (including
the original Arvale) Arvale II features a world map that lets
you travel between locations such as towns, temples, etc. As
you walk around on the world map, you will have random battles
with enemies. However, when you are in a location, you will
see the enemies walk around, and therefore you can avoid them
if you want, and if you defeat them, they usually won't regenerate.
There are also items other than weapons, bolts, and potions,
such as armor and quest items. To equip armor, go to the inventory
menu, go to the armor tab, select the armor, and tap use. Equipped
armor will have a red border around the image of the armor.
All items, with the exception of quest items and the trusty
sword, will wear out after a certain amount of uses. Most of
the gameplay is exactly the same as it was in the original
Arvale, and is just as great as it was in the original.
The controls in Arvale II are basically the same as in the
original, with some minor changes. You can move around using
the D-Pad or tapping where you want to go on your screen. If
you need to talk to someone, pick something up, etc. you tap
the action button, which will turn red when an action is available,
or press the select button on your PDA. There are also four
buttons at the bottom of the screen, around the action button.
They are: inv, stat, map, and menu. The inv button will bring
up the inventory screen so you can access items, the stat button
will bring up the statistics menu which shows information such
as health, your level, experience, and more. The map button
will show you a map of the current location, and the menu button
will bring up the game menu, where you can save your game,
change settings, etc. Generally any item can be used by going
to the inventory menu, selecting the tap that corresponds to
the item, tapping on the item, and finally tapping the use
The graphics in Arvale II are almost the same as in the original.
All of the areas of the game were designed well, and everything
is easy to see and looks appealing. During a battle, the background
will resemble the area you are in. The border has a worn look,
and shows your location at the top, and at the bottom it has
the inv, stat, action, map, and menu buttons. It also shows
your health, indicated by a red bar. Again, like the original,
Arvale is presented with a bird's eye view. This works well
for this game as this way you can easily see anything approaching,
including enemies, and any doors, chests, etc. ahead. There
are also cutscenes, which are implemented into the game well.
They are not like in-game movies, but are more like the game
taking over your actions, sometimes with talking, etc.
The music in Arvale is composed by Jaybot, (Jason Surguine)
like many other PDAMill games. It is composed well, and reflects
the theme of the area you are in. The music changes for battles,
to suit the excitement of battle. There are also sound effects
for different parts of the game, such as attacking, opening
doors, etc. You can change the volume of the sound and change
the quality from the options menu.
Every aspect of Arvale II is amazing. The storyline will keep
you wondering what will happen next, the gameplay is simple
to get into and addictive, the soundtrack is excellently composed,
and the graphics are appealing to the eye. Just like the original
Arvale, Arvale II is an RPG that is fun to play for RPG fans,
as well as people who have never played RPGs before. All PDAMill
games are high-quality and fun to play, and Arvale II is no
Playing Hints and Tips
*Try to gain levels at the beginning of the game, as it
will definitely pay of in the end.
*Whenever you have a chance, make sure to buy potions,
and any weaponry/armor that is more powerful than what you
*Make sure in a battle to use weapons or elements that
overpower your opponent's weapon or element.
*At the beginning of the game, do the tutorial when the
monkey asks if you want to.
Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):
The graphics in Arvale 2 look great,
and all of the areas are designed well, but there is nothing
Like all of the other PDAMill games with
music composed by Jaybot, the music has great quality, and
you can tell when you are in different places, and in battle,
that the music was composed for the game.
PDAMill has done it again! Arvale 2 is
fun to play, even if it's your first time playing an RPG. Arvale
2 definitely lives up to the PDAMill standard.
Arvale 2 starts easy, and progressively
gets harder to keep you entertained. The storyline was written
in a way that will make you want to continue playing to see
what happens next in the game!