After choosing a race (human, elf, troll) and class, the game begins with a dead father. This cliche is infamous in the fandom, and although the game averts the Doomed Hometown conundrum, the dead father has turned off some people.
Upon reaching the city of Callaheim, the Lordel Child learns that Merificus, an advisor to the king, has killed the Queen, Elenroh. In addition, he is also a demon and is corrupting the king's mind. Upon this the Lordel child, along with Gorak and Darius decides to unveil the illusion that hides Merificus' true form.
A sequel, named Aralon: Forge And Flame, was released on December 3rd, 2015.
Tropes in this game include:
- Addressing the Player: NPCs refer to you by name in cut scenes.
- Artificial Atmospheric Actions: The lawful NPCs are programmed to attack "outlaw" NPCs. Thus, the peasant in the Callaheim backstreets fights off level 17 Ruffians.
- Angels, Devils and Squid: Merificus is a devil, Elenroh's (arguably) an angel, and whatever the dragons are, they aren't traditional.
- Cruelty Is the Only Option: No matter how cute the sewer rats are, you MUST kill them.
- Fake Balance: When Paladin class was released, it was overpowered.
- In-Universe Game Clock: The day/night timing includes "days". Certain characters only appear once you have reached a certain "day".
- Noob Cave: Timber's Bend. There's a wall.
- Run, Don't Walk: Due to the size of the d-pad, it is nearly impossible to walk. But it works somehow.
- Set a Mook to Kill a Mook: As mentioned above, Lawful NPCs attack Outlaw NPCs. Therefore comes "guard baiting" in which low-level players lure higher-level monsters to a City Guard NPC in order to get them to fight (and drop loot).
- Playable Epilogue: After you finish the main story, you can run around killing random stuff and continue your "destiny"
- Purely Aesthetic Gender: No matter whether you are female or male, you are always called "sir".
- Tech Demo Game: The graphics are so advanced for its platform , some consider it a Dancing Bear.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: For starters, you can kill Feskers the dog in the first Noob Cave, and then you can kill the child that owns him. To avert this later in the game, Hide Your Children occurs.