- RPG with a turn-based strategic three-match combat system.
- Interesting visuals.
- Challenging difficulty.
- Much of the game's time is taken up by excessive grinding.
- Wonky difficulty curve.
chronoSgear is a unique experience that packs a fun and challenging combat system, but it's held back by time-sinks that lack any significant purpose.
- Full Review
- App Store Info
chronoSgear by Axion Logic is perhaps the first of its breed on the App Store and I'm intrigued that something like this hasn't found its way on iDevices sooner. In this strategic RPG you'll need to make use of your three-match skills in a turn-based style of gameplay to outwit and outplay your opponents while working as a mafioso.
Outside of combat the game is your fairly typical JRPG title, allowing you to wander around environments with a touch-anywhere d-pad system, entering random bouts of combat to earn experience to upgrade your units. And you'll need to grind a lot; no I mean it - a LOT. The first 'boss' of the game is made available almost directly after finishing the tutorial and will break you in two like a girly-man, forcing you to grind-grind-grind till you can make any headway in the 15 hour or so story.
What bothers me so much about this lack of balance is that the battle gameplay itself is actually incredibly fun, with players needing to consider defense and offense carefully while relying a little on luck to counter your opponents pushes. Had the challenge been balanced better you'd have an immensely addictive title on your hands.
If you're not afraid of excessive time-sinks, chronoSgear will reward you with a fun and complex combat system that's great fun to master, but for more casual gamers it's worth holding off until patches sort out this imbalance.
DescriptionChronos Gear is an addictive Connect-3 puzzle RPG game that features awesome hand-drawn Manga Art and an epic Time Travel storyline.
"New And Noteworthy" - US iTunes
Reached Top 15 Puzzle Game in:
Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand
Reached Top 15 RPG Game in:
United States, United Kingdom, Italy, New Zealand, Indonesia, Turkey, Austria
"Despite the light-hearted script and colourful visuals, chronoSgear is a riveting and mentally challenging proposition that skilfully melds two genres into a cohesive and enjoyable experience"
~ www.pocketgamer.co.uk (Damien McFerran)
" I ABSOLUTELY ADORE THIS GAME......like seriously, I'm lovin' it (McDonalds might get mad xP). When I first saw the screenshots on TA I thought it was another match-3 game...boy was I wrong, and in a way that absolutely blew my mind. First, I love the graphics and in-game visuals. The character portraits are very well-drawn, kudos to your fabulous visual design team. The core gameplay itself is simple to grasp when playing for the first time but extremely difficult to master, which is a great thing. You have included many additional components such as a variety in unit type and class, as well as the soul cards which add another level of depth to the overall game. All in all, an outstanding SRPG in a very pretty package. "
~ TouchArcade forumer(ChocoVanilla)
STORY AND TWO-PLAYER MODE:
As the user progresses in story mode, both the hero and enemy’s units are unlocked and useable in two-player mode! Complete the game and unlock the final boss!
AMAZING MANGA ART GRAPHICS
Beautifully hand drawn Manga-Style cut scenes and characters portraits.
STUNNING SKILL EFFECTS FOR EACH UNITS
Visually stunning skill effects for each units which are divided into 4 distinctive classes: Core, Greater, Ultimate and Hero
CONNECT-3 BATTLE PUZZLE:
The battlefield is divided into top (Enemy) and bottom (Yours). The objective is to battle through enemy territory into the "Soul Zone." Attacking the Soul Zone weakens the enemy's soul. Users can execute basic attacks by vertically matching 3 same color Core Units. By horizontally matching 3 Core Units they can also build defensive walls against enemy attacks.
HERO AND HIS SOUL SKILLS:
Players must match any 2 identical Core Units with a Hero to form a basic Hero Unit attack. If they can match their color to a Soul Card, the Hero Units will strike fear into the hearts of the enemy with a deadly Soul SKILL Attack!
Your name is Starck, and you're a lieutenant in the powerful Amici Mafia family. You weren't born into the life, like so many other family members. The Amici took you under their wing 10 years ago; right after your mother was murdered in cold blood.
You were scared and confused, but even at that young age you were quick to learn what it took to earn the trust and respect of "The Family." Now that you've fought your way to the top, the worst has happened yet again.
General Vincenti, the Amici's long time rival and sworn enemy, has taken down your adoptive family; and now you're on a mission of revenge. This is the most important contract of your career, and if you succeed, you could very well undo the evil that has befallen your family.
You must travel back in time and assassinate Vincenti before he comes to power.
Can the time-traveled assassination be as simple as it sounds?
What's New in Version 1.04- No more random mini boss victory
- Balancing of final boss difficulty
- Balancing of experience gained
- Decrease random enemy enounter frequency
- fix repeat tutorial error
- fix light dimming during game
- fix AI random hang hang error
- fix boss battle HP reduction error
- Feature: ColourBlind support
- Feature: Undo last move