Percentile Rank

Massive Chalice is ranked in the 60th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 32 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

43%

Critics Recommend

Based on 32 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Jun 1, 2015

Basically, the game asks a lot of you, and demands that you pay close attention to every decision you make. While that makes for a steep learning curve, requiring deep thought is hardly the worst sin a strategy game can commit. Slyly funny, satisfyingly deep and yet slick and simple to play, Massive Chalice is a huge return to form for a studio that is overdue a comeback.

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Kotaku
Yes
Yes
Jun 10, 2015

A smart, fun exploration of turn-based tactics in a fantasy setting.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 4, 2015

There are many good things within Massive Chalice, but they're frustratingly kept at arm's length from me.

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ACG
Rent
ACG

Top Critic

Rent
Jun 1, 2015
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The A.V. Club
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 9, 2015

There's bound to be some disconnect with the mortal world when you live forever, but I could have used a reminder why this war is worth spending 300 years to win.

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Scored Reviews

Twinfinite
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
May 31, 2015

Between the far-reaching scale, the slick and intuitive combat, and the fun of raising heroes through the years, MASSIVE CHALICE brings a whole lot to the table. While each piece may not be strong enough to stand in its genre alone, the combination and way that each plays into the other creates a phenomenally fun experience.

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Softpedia
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 1, 2015

Massive Chalice is the sort of video game that I would love to see Kickstarter users focus on more in the coming years, a title that does not rely only on nostalgia in order to get access to development funds and also stays the course during the creation process, with no hiccups from the studio in charge.

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GameWatcher
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Jun 11, 2015

Massive Chalice is lots of fun and highly addictive. Yes a lot of the best things about it come from it being highly influenced by XCOM: Enemy Unknown, but it not only captures a lot of the spirit of our Game of the Year 2012 but Double Fine also manages to provide their own unique spin on it with the Game of Thrones-style setup.

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COGconnected
81 / 100
81 / 100
Jun 2, 2015

Massive Chalice is an interesting twist on the genre, though it does sort of feel like more could have been done to differentiate it. The game's style is good, and the basic structure is engaging and challenging. Combat could be a little more tactical, but overall it's a solid game that provides a great outlet for any turn-based craving you might have.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 3, 2015

An isometric tactical fantasy that marries XCOM's strategy with Game of Thrones' epic death-toll.

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Paste Magazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 8, 2015

Massive Chalice is about time, about heroes, and most importantly, it's about taking that deep breath before the strike.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 3, 2015

Between the bloodlines, research, and combat, Massive Chalice tosses a ton to micromanage, and it can feel overwhelming. But it all builds up to a spectacular ending that makes it worthwhile and satisfying.

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Attack of the Fanboy
May 31, 2015

Massive Chalice really has a unique and interesting premise and even with the lackluster combat it's a lot of fun to play. The management of bloodlines and Keeps, the necessity to keep breeding different types of units to keep your army balanced, and a wide array of power-ups you can research make each playthrough feel different.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jun 2, 2015

Massive Chalice is the best turn-based strategy title of 2015 so far, and its unique simulation aspects make it especially intriguing. This isn't going to be thought of as a title that can contend with XCOM on the back of its combat alone, but managing each hero's genetic traits adds another level of depth to an already deep genre.

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 1, 2015

A strategic experiment in eugenics that could benefit from more attention to the fine details

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Player.One
Jun 10, 2015

Double Fine's new strategy game isn't likely to disappoint anyone who's been keeping tabs on Massive Chalice over the last few years.

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Worth Playing
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 2, 2015

Taken as a whole, Massive Chalice is basically tactical strategy "lite." It is easy to pick up and play, and there are enough varied elements to keep veterans of the genre interested, but it doesn't break any new ground. If it were a $60 game, Massive Chalice wouldn't hold up, but as a $20 game, it fits the bill nicely. This isn't a title that is going to compete head-to-head with the next XCOM, but it is a good way to pass the time while you wait for XCOM 2.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 11, 2015

Double Fine's unusual, generation-themed turn-based strategy epic forces players to learn to let go of their favourite champions.

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GBAtemp
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 6, 2015

As turn based strategy games go Massive Chalice has some nice innovations that make it well worth playing if you are a fan of the genre. With a distinctive art style and an interesting combination of story driven multiple choice decisions and roguelike mechanics there is nothing else really like it out there. The lack of multiplayer is a real shame though and the game loses a point because of that. But the games positives far outweigh its few negatives and considering Massive Chalices budget price it is a hard game not to recommend to both strategy and Double Fine fans alike.

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PC Gamer
75 / 100
75 / 100
Jun 1, 2015

​Double Fine's Massive Chalice takes XCOM's DNA in a fresh direction, but doesn't exceed it.

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High-Def Digest
Jun 10, 2015

Double Fine has produced a good tactical strategy game with 'Massive Chalice'. It wears its inspirations on its sleeve, but also brings some of its own ideas to the table. It's not without its faults, but if you can look past those, you may find an engaging strategy experience.

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USgamer
Jun 3, 2015

Massive Chalice's generational loop makes for a strong core, and elements like the hybrid classes lend it some much-needed depth. However, it doesn't do a great job of tracking the history of your heroes, and it's ultimately lacking in elements like diverse character art and base classes. Still, there's the foundation for a phenomenal strategy game here if Double Fine is willing to build on it. As it is, though, it makes for a diverting few hours, and a welcome change of pace from XCOM.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 3, 2015

A strategy role-player that is filled with clever ideas and inspires great empathy with your characters, even if the battle system is a few steps behind XCOM.

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TrueAchievements
Jun 9, 2015

If you're a fan of strategy games, there's a lot to enjoy in Massive Chalice. The combat demands you play smartly, which doesn't always mean conservatively. It's visually appealing and carries with it the charm that all Double Fine games have been known for. It's also not as difficult as other similar strategy titles which can make it more accessible, though the menus and new concepts are still rather daunting if you aren't a genre veteran. The Bloodline system never fully achieves what it set out to do, which, as its selling point, is its biggest disappointment. While it lacks the depth it initially promises, the system still plays a crucial role in the outcome of your centuries long war. Decisions you make early on will impact the tide of war decades later. It's just too bad all those people growing up under your command ultimately die without their story ever really being told. This is by no means a must-play if you aren't a strategy fan, but those who do frequent the genre should consider Massive Chalice a flawed but worthwhile addition to their Keep.

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Toronto Sun
Jul 3, 2015

Massive Chalice's personality and ingenuity ultimately win out over its shortcomings, and it's certainly worth a try for strategy fans who don't want anything too ponderous or serious. But its cup does not, as they say, runneth over.

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Kill Screen
70 / 100
70 / 100
Jun 8, 2015

Games like Massive Chalice live or die on the emergent narratives they create, which makes designing death as an inevitability for your cast of heroes an admirable risk. They're trusting that, as the wheel of time turns, players will glimpse a larger shape coming into view. The stories that stand out are family epics, like the Buendias of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude. By following the tangled paths of lineage, we're left with tales too large to be understood in terms of the lone hero.

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IGN
6.7 / 10.0
Dan Stapleton

Top Critic

6.7 / 10.0
Jul 8, 2015

Massive Chalice's aggressive tactical combat would be stronger without so many opportunities to lose due to bad luck.

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Checkpoint
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jun 4, 2015

I really tried to like this game, i couldn't do it. I lost track of how many arrows my hunters fired into nothingness, while having the enemy at an arm's length. Thank god they were not nearsighted. I ran out of heroes many times because i could not generate any offspring via marriage or conquest. The combat system is far too simplistic, having to reveal enemies hidden in fog-of-war and moving characters in the grid system. Luckily, Double Fine's humor is always present in the interactions we have with the chalice and the different genetic traits of our heroes. Far from top tier games like Xcom or Final Fantasy Tactics, which is far far superior, and came out in 1997.

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We Got This Covered
Jun 9, 2015

Functional, but often uninspired, Massive Chalice may please strategy enthusiasts but will likely bore anyone else.

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games(TM)
6 / 10
6 / 10
Aug 20, 2015

Chaotically fun in doses, but lacking in vitality

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Destructoid
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jun 8, 2015

I felt like middle management making the same position appointments that a computer could make more quickly and all I got for my click click clicking was combat with bigger numbers on the same handful of stages. There is some payoff with the bloodline idea at the end, but it is not worth the rote meat grinder to get there.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
GameSpot

Top Critic

6 / 10
Jun 7, 2015

Massive Chalice can create hilarious moments of eugenics disasters, but other elements leave a lot to be desired.

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