Trulon: The Shadow Engine
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Trulon: The Shadow Engine is an enjoyably fun RPG. It's a very likable game with its beautiful environs and will strike a chord with those who remember and enjoy the slower pace of turn-based RPGs of old. Additionally, the game's card-based battle system offers just enough luck and variety to keep battles from becoming stale.
Trulon: The Shadow of Engine offers a fun adventure, simple and full of things to discover. The combat system is very original because it offers you the possibility to create our own tactics. Unfortunately the bugs and their poor balance between easy and hard difficulty make the experience worse.
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'Trulon: The Shadow Engine' is a very basic, easy-going turn-based RPG. It asks very little of you, but still manages to be challenging and fun when it needs to be. Despite its console/PC availability, it's more suitable in its original mobile form.
Potential for a great, genre-defying game cut short just as this Steampunk adventure truly picks up any steam. Feels more like a demo of a game than the entirety of one, making the $20 price tag for the PC version a hard sell.
Trulon: The Shadow Engine shows some interesting aspects in the combat that would have been much more fun to leave the experience with rather than the broken mess it currently is thanks to the error.
Being based on a novel I was hoping for a better standard of story and in being short at only around nine hours, Trulon is also far shorter than I went in expecting for a JRPG. This doesn't make the game bad. I did enjoy the characters and the battles at first, and it is still an enjoyable Sunday afternoon game. I just can't help but think this one could have been more.
Trulon: The Shadow Engine, made by Kyy Games and published by Headup Games, is a single player casually paced RPG. For those new to the genre as well as those with loads of experience, this is a game that has interesting lore and simple game mechanics. Being laid back gives it an edge on some other RPGs currently on the market, as it is easily approachable. Perhaps Trulon: The Shadow Engine will be my gateway game of sorts to exploring other card-based RPG games.
Trulon: The Shadow Engine is a short game, and there's one trophy in particular that asks that you complete the game in less than five hours, which is doable but probably best that you do it during your second run. On the plus side, this one has a Platinum trophy and several Gold and Silver trophies for your time, so do keep that in mind! If you're looking for a turn-based RPG with a twist, then be sure to check this one out!
It’s a shame that Trulon: The Shadow Engine lacks a lot of polish, because at its core, it’s a pretty enjoyable experience.