Children of Zodiarcs
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If you are a fan of tabletop RPG and classic style tactical RPGs then this is a game for you. The game offers limitless hours of gameplay and you can easily get lost in its environment. A game that will truly challenge you and a game that will reward you for your efforts. It is truly a masterpiece on its own.
Children of Zodiarcs plays out in a series of levels and missions in which your rag tag group of orphans, that all seem to possess some astonishing powers, must over come the enemy in turn-based combat.
Cardboard Utopia’s Children of Zodiarcs is the next “Final Fantasy Tactics” that you’ve been waiting for. While there may not be classes for your characters to switch between, dive into a world based on dice rolls and the luck of the draw as a group of children try to survive by stealing from the rich in order to buy enough food to survive.
Speaking broadly, Children of Zodiarc is a rather ambitious title, feeling somewhat scaled down. Perhaps its biggest flaw is that it leaves players wanting for more, which can also be considered a compliment. It honestly feels at home in Square Enix' own catalogue, and it's a shame that the publisher presumably had no role in funding. This is a title rich with potential and passion from its developers, but it's still very short and sweet.
Simple in its implementation but opening the door to something both unique and complex, the team over at Cardboard Utopia has really done something impressive.
To put it simply, Children of Zodiarcs is a fantastic, challenging and hugely enjoyable tactical RPG; however, a lack of variation in its gameplay stops it from being so much better. Each battlefield, though simple, is a tremendous task to navigate round and conquer, with each mission asking more from you than the last.
There’s several interesting systems at work here that never quite come together and gel.
Children of Zodiarcs is a noble effort at a fresh take on classic turn-based SRPGs.
Children of Zodiarcs does so much with so little that its only flaw seems to be that it's not as close to perfection as it could be. Nevertheless, fans of the genre are highly advised to try it out, as the inclusion of card-based skills and specialised dices manage to offer a fine example of an SRPG that's original, challenging, and all around fun.
Childen of Zodiarcs is an incredible SRPG that works both as an ode to the other games of the genre and as a fantastic game itself. It delivers a very pleasurable, challenging and fun experience which makes it one of the best games this genre has seen in the last few years.
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