TouchArcade: A young man washes up on shore without knowledge of where he is or how he got there. An elder teaches him swordplay and sets him off on an epic quest. A small blue blob that lives on his arm breaks the fourth wall at every opportunity.
This was almost the set up of any classic role-playing game, a fact that Pixel and Texel’s Fara [$0.99] is happy to point out. With tongue firmly in cheek, the action RPG leads players through most of the cliches of the genre — fetch quests, boss battles and awkward romantic subplots, among others — though it never quite transcends those cliches itself.