‘Chronoblade’ Review – An Action RPG in the Palm of Your Hand
A lot of mobile games nowadays are just huge cash grabs with lax gameplay and huge microtransactions. There are a few though, that stand out as actual solid gameplay experiences. Chronoblade, made by nWay, is one of those titles. I’m going to clear the air right now and say that this review will not be reflected by the business model of the game, due to the fact that it is a mobile game, it thrives on microtransactions to stay alive. With that out of the way, let’s get right into this, shall we? It is worth nothing I tried this game on both my iPad and Google Pixel and like how it runs more on my iPad than the phone. More space makes it easier to chain combos together.
Chronoblade is a free app developed by nWay, the same company that made the game Power Rangers: Legacy Wars for mobile devices. Chronoblade is a vastly different title than their previous work. This is, more or less, an action RPG on your mobile device. You can download this game both on the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store as well. The game looks pretty good for a free phone game, there are some better looking games out there but this does the job. The overall design of the app doesn’t feel cluttered like some other games in this genre. There are three different modes that you can choose from, the original campaign, arena and limited dungeons. There is a tutorial that goes through the first couple missions in the campaign and unlocks all the characters for you. This may seem crazy, but there are only four characters at the moment in Chronoblade. After this, you are free to continue the campaign and eventually unlock the other modes.
As I said before, there are four characters you get to play is in Chronoblade. Each one is different from the last with their own combos and abilities. Aurok is a tough fighter who uses claws to fight, Thera is a spear-wielding woman that utilizes magic and spear abilities to attack her enemies. Lucas is a gifted inventor who combines weaponry with his elemental attacks to overcome the opposition. Lastly, Lophi is a shadow summoner who utilizes dark magicks to destroy her enemies. Each character can raise their own levels and gain new abilities. They each also have different gear loadouts that you either find or chance roll from the chests that are earned or purchased with the in-game and premium currency. These new pieces of gear that you can get will also change how the character looks, not something I often find in mobile games either. This is a pleasant change as I am all for changing how your character looks.
When you are done equipping your character with the abilities that suit the enemies you are facing, you pick a level and get to it. The level layouts are relatively simple to follow, a straight path gated off by enemies. A little more variety to the level design would’ve made the campaign feel less mundane, but hey, it’s a mobile game so I get it. Each level is timed and you get scored depending on how fast you clear each level. This is where a certain amount of thinking comes into play. You can’t just pick any character and run headlong into battle and hope to have a positive outcome. There were plenty of times where I was running through with Thera up until I reached a point where I kept getting killed. After leveling my skills and bettering my gear, I was able to overcome that obstacle and move straight to the next one. The higher the score, the better loot you get to better your heroes. The combat is actually pretty in-depth for a mobile title. Before the game came out, nWay actually sent the coolest little guidebook for the game. It is reminiscent of the classic books you would get in your games when you purchased them. This outlined all of the characters’ combos and is a great reference when you can’t remember them. You can do light attacks, heavy attacks, block, and jump. As you attack without getting hit a meter will build in the top left of the screen. Press this in time and you gain a buff and do a lot of damage depending on how high you can get the meter. Since there was no dodge mechanic, this did make keeping this meter on boss fights relatively difficult.
The arena mode pits you against other players for rewards. I was only able to do a few of these battles and lost the majority of them. I am not the best when it comes to PVP but it was still a lot of fun nonetheless. The limited dungeon mode puts you up against difficult bosses for better rewards. So there are two sides of a coin with the other modes, PVP, and PVE. It felt like it would take a long time to earn the premium currency, leaning towards having to purchase it if you wanted to open chests. They do give out free chests every now and then which is nice, and a good enough pace for me. If you are as addicted to mobile games as I am, then you definitely need to check out Chronoblade, it is one of the better ones on the market right now!
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