The Pantheon Cycle: Shrouded Aspect Review
- Unique spell/action combat system.
- Deep story elements.
- Somewhat casual gamer friendly; low challenge.
- Poor interface design.
- AI lacks in 'intelligence'.
- Expendable characters diminishes any investment in them.
'The Pantheon Cycle: Shrouded Aspect' has a grand scope that simply bursts from the seams of its limiting gameplay and seemingly unimportant characters; enjoyable, but not satisfying.
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The act of wanting to play a turn-based strategy generally assumes a few personal traits of the person playing them, notably a sense of patience and a will to learn and understand rules and concepts that are generally counter-intuitive. Unfortunately 'The Pantheon Cycle: Shrouded Aspect' by Gilligames seems to assume you have a near infinite amount of patience and a very understanding persona to be willing to accept some of its quirks.
First of which is the extended audio breaks between sections of the game used to explain the story. While I'm all for background stories and understanding motivations, the lack of development within the game itself is strange, especially when characters are considered all but expendable.
Combat plays out in a fairly standard way for turn-based titles, though there's no limitation on who can go first, making some ability combinations incredibly game-breaking if you can keep them alive long enough to reach that stage. More importantly, the interface is disturbingly lacking in useful details like showing just how far you can move, how many action points were spent in the process or similar details for enemies. Thankfully the enemy AI isn't so clever as to exploit these holes in your knowledge and can be easily rallied by using powerful combinations such as permanently taunting them on to a single beefy character.
As turn-based strategies go, 'The Pantheon Cycle: Shrouded Aspect' actually has an interesting story and (when you're not exploiting it) a battle system that incorporates some unique ideas. Unfortunately there's just no motivation to stick with the game unless you're a seriously huge fan of strategy titles.
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Shrouded Aspect is the first installment in The Pantheon Cycle series. This single-player turn-based strategy game is set in a fantasy realm of ancient Celtic lore.
Focusing on combat instead of role-playing, action is always just a few touches away. Combat takes place on battlefields with hex-based movement. Over 200 skills can be learned through experience, as well as new equipment obtained throughout the campaign.
Harness the power of six different world energies to help your characters fight the evil plague that infests the land...Earth, Nature, Fire, Water, Life, and Death. Or you can do it the old-fashioned way with muscle and steel.
The story-driven campaign provides over 30 hours of gameplay, covering 32 scenarios with branching paths, allowing for replayability even in the single-player campaign.
For more information, gameplay video and screenshots, visit www.gilligames.com/sa
iPad, iPod Touch 3rd gen, or iPhone 3GS or newer is recommended for performance reasons.
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