100 Trials Review
- 'Bite sized' puzzling challenges (read: shorter than a full round of rogue-like play).
- Elegantly simple interface design.
- Many advanced gameplay elements to discover and exploit.
- Essentially a repackage of elements already available in 100 Rogues.
- At the mercy of the whim of some randomized elements; monster spawns from doors and so on.
- Threshold for many side-objectives not specified; health, score, maximum turns.
100 Trials opts to extend the Challenge Mode experience from 100 Rogues instead of fleshing out a brand new RPG experience - it's not as fresh, but it packs a punch thanks to its many 'bite-sized' puzzles.
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Interestingly, despite a brief burst of popularity some time ago, Rogue-like dungeon crawlers have all but moved away from the spotlight, being increasingly dominated by turn-based and strategic RPGs. 100 Trials by Fusion Reactions extends the original 100 Rogues' 'Challenge Mode' in to full-fledged game, piggybacking on the recent trend of turn-based titles and adding its own spin on things.
For those familiar with the original title, not a lot has changed - in fact you'd be forgiven for being a little disappointed as 100 Trials strips away many of the random variables that made conquering 'Rogues' so challenging and exciting. However, the upshot is a huge selection of puzzle-oriented stages that require precision and a keen sense for exploiting game-mechanics to survive.
You start off the game as a Dungoneer - a Man In Black-like character tasked to scour the dungeon for proof of Satan's destruction (something the Rogues of the original supposedly managed 'years' prior). Unfortunately for him, the only way to get down to the depths of hell is to conquer a maze-like series of challenges, meeting up with heroes to mix things as he goes.
The focus on preset puzzle-oriented stages removes an emphasis on luck and survival and more on tactical consideration, with many challenges also sporting 'bonus' objectives such as taking minimal damage or completing the puzzle in as few steps as possible. Occasionally stages provide very little in the way of alternative options to succeed, which wouldn't be so frustrating if not for the enemy AI that isn't always willing to provide you with the optimal outcome to succeed.
Much, if not all, of the artwork and gameplay of 100 Trials is taken directly from its predecessor, with the same touch based controls (touch to move and attack, simple tap-based menus, etc.) and cute sprite-work punctuating the game's levels.
What 100 Trials ultimately represents is a pastiche of elements that make up a Rogue-like title, boiled down in to bite-sized chunks that can be mastered over time. It may not be as fresh for veterans of 100 Rogues, but for some this is a far better way to approach such a complex RPG system and heartily recommended if you enjoy puzzling turn-based titles.
Description100 Trials is "New and Noteworthy" in the App Store! Buy it today!
9 out of 10 - "a slab of puzzling brilliance" - Pocket Gamer
100 Trails is an awesome action adventure game with a series of 100 unique, fiendishly crafted combat puzzles designed to test your fighting and strategy skills. Ultimately, your four heroes will wind their way though each Trial to succeed in their quest of capturing the "Last Wild Satan".
Fight your way through a mixture of Knights, Robots, Bullies, Bandits and even trade blows with the "Rat King". You muster your defense using everything from throwing knives and handguns to wands, arrows and hand grenades. Your four heroes will master the mazes with touches of magical skills and a dash of humor, rounding out a game with a lot of replay worthiness. Dozens of hours of play... and re-play!
Engage yourself in a quest to survive and even attain superior achievements to become a master of each Trial!
... Reviews and Ratings...
"extremely satisfying" - PocketGamer
"It packs a punch thanks to its many "bite-sized" puzzles." - AppSpy
"when you finally conquer a challenge on your twentieth try, the feeling of elation is unmatched." - Gamezebo
"Elegantly simple interface design (with) many advanced gameplay elements to discover and exploit." - AppSpy
"100 Trials will keep you busy for a long, long time." - Gamezebo
"Original and entertaining...blends strategy and RPG quite nicely...good old fashioned fun." - Master Abbott, Australia
"Very addictive. You'll try again and again until you make it through." - Yankerr007, Israel
"Fantastico - L'eccezionale gioco "100 Rogues" sotto forma di 100 prove diverse. Tanti piccoli puzzle per riempire le pause durante la giornata." - Davide Di Stefano, Italy
... Website Links ...
• Detailed information about the Weapons, Skills, Monsters and Loot Items: http://100trials.com/about/how-to-play
• The "How-to-Play" video is available, with more on the way: http://100trials.com/videos
• A list and "Trial by Trial" description is available on the 100 Trials website: http://100trials.com/about/trials
• Individual website forums for players to help each other succeed at each game level: http://100trials.com/forums