Refund Challenge: Chaos Rings by Square Enix [Video]


Alright, we’re back with another Phandroid 15 Minute Challenge. This is a series we’ve created similar to speed dating, except instead of women, we get acquainted with some of the slightly more expensive apps from the Google Play Store before committing (really, testing out apps is way easier than meeting actual women). Since I’ve always considered myself the frugal type, and these apps are coming out of my pocket — they really need to have that special something to keep me from taking advantage of the Google Play Store’s 15 minute return window.

The Challenger: Chaos Rings by Square Enix

Today’s encounter involves a shockingly expensive $13 title from Square Enix called Chaos Rings. Yes, you may remember some bad headlines involving a poor decision by Squenix’s mobile publishing branch to block out rooted Android users from playing this particular title. This didn’t fare too well with the modding community, but Square was quick to make amends, finally undoing the block today. But that’s neither here, nor there. What you’ve come to find out is if Chaos Rings has the charm to stay installed on your Android device. That answer is a wallet wrenching… yes.

The Verdict

Yes, it’s a bit expensive. But traditional turn-based JRPG’s are few and far between in the Google Play Store. Ever since Square Enix jumped onto the Android scene, I had been crossing my fingers for a more mature styled RPG (Final Fantasy 3 is all well and dandy, just the art style kinda bugs me). Looks like Chaos Rings was an answer to my prayers and where I’d normally spend around $20 – $30 for a title like this on my PSP, $13 sounds more like a steal. Factor in the added value of not having to lug around my PS Vita, and you have a console quality experience that fits inside your pocket, and is always with you. I know a $13 title wont exactly be for everyone, but if you’re sick of playing casual games like Angry Running Doodle Jumpers, Chaos Rings could be exactly what you’ve been looking for.

[Play Store Link]




Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I’m jealous of people that are going to be able to play this on the Galaxy Note 2 and phones around that size. I have another 4 months before I can upgrade.

    1. I’m sucking it up, selling everything I own, and buying the Note 2 full price. It’s gonna sting and I’ll have to live off of top ramen for awhile.. but it will SO be worth it. #Android :p

      1. I’ve been saving for the Note 2 ever since it was first rumored :-P

        1. I’ve been saving for the note2 ever since Jesus was a Cub Scout

          1. I’ve been saving for the note 2 never because it looks ridiculous. All I can see when I watch people with phones that size is they’re putting a tablet next to their face. Remember when everyone made fun of the ipad when it came out? Thinking it was a phone? Thats all I see.

          2. No I don’t remember, maybe it was just you that was calling it a phone

          3. At first, I too thought it looked funny. Then I got over it.

            Who cares what other people think ? Can’t live your life like that.

            I used to hate the way my car looked. Then I went over the engineering decisions behind it and it became beautiful to me.

            Function over form for me. Most of the time.

        2. Yup just bought this today and its coming 2moro morning. Off contract. I too will be eating ramen for a month or so. Definitely worth it.
          And I’m most excited for this device. I think potentially it will have that evolutionary feel and impact the first iPhone had when it came out. I think phablets are the next logical step in smartphones.

      2. I’m on the fence about doing that again.

  2. Your impromptu Japanese voice over was stunning.

  3. I jumped the gun and bought a Galaxy S 3. now I’m kicking my behind because the Note 2 is coming out. :(

    1. I did the same. The good news, S3’s have awesome resale value :p

      1. Do you have an idea on how much the Galaxy Note 2 will cost off contract?

        1. About $550 on its respective carrier.

          1. My Note was about $700. I think $200 with contract. Since the Note2 will be $300/contract, I’d say the Note2 will at least be $700.

          2. Yeah, I think $550 is wishful thinking, unfortunately. :(

        2. everything i’ve seen so far point to $800 USD off contract >_>

  4. Getting the Note2 vs. S3 does sound enticing…
    However, I noticed that in the Play Store the game still says “Will not work on rooted devices.” I’m hoping this is just something they have yet to rectify – I’m so going to buy this game tonight if rooted devices are capable!

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