Chained Echoes Reviews

Chained Echoes is ranked in the 99th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
7.8 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2023

Despite my frustrations with the combat system, there’s a lot of good you’ll find in Chained Echoes. I can easily recommend this game for any Super Nintendo era role-playing game. A beautiful rose with a very sharp thorn.

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8 / 10
Dec 23, 2022

The best sequel to Chrono Trigger there's never been, with a pseudo-Japanese role-player that maintains a delicate balance between retro homage and modern indie game.

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8.8 / 10.0
Jan 25, 2023

While Chained Echoes has the advantage of decades of distance from the games it looks to for inspiration, it’s a better experience in many instances than those vaunted games from which it arose. I prefer this combat, storytelling, and approach to progression and exploration to many of the JRPGs I grew up so enamored with playing. That’s the highest praise I can heap on a game so removed in time from the games to which it might be compared. Whether you currently count yourself a JRPG connoisseur or fondly recall the ʼ90s heyday of the genre, Chained Echoes is well worth your time.

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89 / 100
Dec 7, 2022

If you like the classics of the 16-bit era role-playing, you will enjoy Chained Echoes like a pig in a puddle. It takes everything that has aged badly of the genre (random combats, rhythm ...) and brings it up to date with exquisite taste. For something it has been 7 years in development, and it is something that shows. Too bad it doesn't have texts in Spanish.

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10 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2022

Chained Echoes is without a doubt the best RPG I've played all year, and should be pushed to the top of your backlog immediately.

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Jan 14, 2023

Indie JRPG Chained Echoes is a polished new 16-bit JRPG that brings out the best of the golden age.

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55 / 100
Jan 13, 2023

Chained Echoes is an incredibly uneven RPG heavily inspired by the likes of Chrono Trigger and Xenogears. With bad writing, poorly thought out mechanics, and an overly complex… everything it can be hard to get through. Even so, there is a little fun to be found here, mostly near the beginning.

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Dec 20, 2022

Valendis is a beautifully pixelated world with a rich history in this story-driven RPG. The initial introductions drag on a bit long, but once the story picks up it pays off in the end. Chained Echoes manages to introduce useful mechanics to its combat with the Overdrive system that work with the player while challenging them to change up their gameplay and strategy at the same time while still affording plenty of room for customization and accessibility.

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92 / 100
Dec 13, 2022

Fans of old school 2D JRPGs, who would like something made today that resembles the great Super Nintendo and PS1 classics, need to play Chained Echoes. It’s a wonderful game. It’s more ambitious than the common indie throwback JRPG, but has many of their modernizations. Every single element of Chained Echoes is full of loving attention to detail. Hopefully Chained Echoes is a success and we can see future projects from its creator. I’ve already ordered a physical copy.

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9.5 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2022

It's not every day you get to experience a game like Chained Echoes. With an incredible story, excellent writing, characters you can connect with and a combat system that takes a traditional turn-based system and turns it into a strategic, thought-provoking experience. What's not to like about that?

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9 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2022

Simply put, Chained Echoes is a heartfelt love letter to the SNES JRPG classics from the 90s that boasts an incredible cast of characters, amazing pixel artwork, a brilliant soundtrack, impeccable attention to detail, and a complex narrative.

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9.5 / 10.0
Jan 10, 2023

Matthias Linda and his collaborators sign the perfect title to close the 2022 just passed, packaging a hit that - we are sure - has made the Christmas holidays of many JRPG fans unforgettable. It's true, Chained Echoes is a love letter to great classics of the 90s and early 2000s but it is also an adventure with a spirit of its own, unique and special. We sincerely hope that Linda decides to make Chained Echoes a saga and we believe that she will be able to treasure this experience and its (few) flaws to create, in the future, other equally memorable adventures. Meanwhile, Chained Echoes is destined to become a new, great classic, inserting itself into the illustrious firmament to which it refers.

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92 / 100
Dec 23, 2022

Chained Echoes is a title that knows how to honour the past, celebrate the present and embrace the future through a development inspired by the great tradition of the JRPG genre.

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9 / 10
Dec 15, 2022

Chained Echoes is a wonderful mash-up of '90s JRPG tropes, masterfully woven together to produce an experience that feels simultaneously nostalgic and fresh. A well-paced story, unconventional progression system, tactical combat system, and expansive world all come together to make for a game that is shockingly one of the very best RPGs that we've played this year. Really, there's no place where it feels like Chained Echoes drops the ball, which is all the more impressive when you consider that the vast majority of it was put together by one person. If you consider yourself a fan of JRPGs, you owe it to yourself to pick this one up as soon as possible. Even if you aren't a fan of the genre, we'd still encourage you to snap this one up; it stands as a shining example of everything that makes RPGs great.

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90%
Dec 24, 2022

Chained Echoes is a must-play for fans of classic SNES, PS1, and PS2 RPGs.

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Dec 7, 2022

Chained Echoes is a 16-bit-era JRPG that lends itself well to the genre. A definite pickup if you are wanting to do a run of more SNES-era games but still have some quality-of-life adjustments of the modern era.

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9.2 / 10.0
Jan 2, 2023

Chained Echoes is simply one of the best games of the genre, worthy to be remembered like the others iconic classics.

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9.5 / 10.0
Dec 31, 2022

Don't look at Chained Echoes as a throwback to the 16-bit JRPGs of yesteryear, just look at it as an amazing game with an engaging battle system and wonderfully paced story. You can also look at it as one of the best Nintendo Switch games of 2022.

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8.5 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2022

Chained Echoes rises above its SNES-era inspirations, crafting an experience that easily stands out for its own merits.

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GBAtemp
Top Critic
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 14, 2022

If you’re a fan of JRPGs and/or turn-based games, Chained Echoes is a must of a time sink. It’s not only an impressive work of solo developer Matthias Linda but a well crafted one at that.

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