A Fun Title with Sparkling Visuals and a Solid Challenge; Mad Crown Review
Platform : PC
Release Date : 27th September 2018
Publisher : S-game
Developer : S-game
This game was provided for review by the developer
There’s some fantastic Rogue-like games which have hit the shelves for PC owners in the last few months. Mad Crown attempts to set itself apart from the rest of these titles by stylish design and accessible gameplay mechanics. Mad Crown is set in a post-apocalyptic steampunk world, you are an explorer who is in search of the legendary crown. The enemies which you face through this dungeon crawler are imaginative and feature buzzsaw robots, grinning goblinoids and zombie gangbangers. They make Mad Crown’s world and interesting and eclectic mix and the hand drawn art style helps make the characters and environments stand out.
The narrative is set hundreds of years after the human race has destroyed the world with nuclear weapons. This is termed as the fabled ‘battle of the Gods’ by the current generation. The surviving humans attempt to carve an existence in this hideously mutated land filled with grotesque and repulsive creatures. The Mad crown is a legendary treasure which is also an artefact of great power and rumours are beginning to travel around the world that it is surfacing again. It’s up to you to find this crown and possess the power which would rival that of the powerful Gods of ancient time.
The game itself is rewarding and difficult, there’s even an on screen warning as you begin the game to warn you that this won’t be an easy title to beat. I personally enjoyed this aspect of the title, it’s difficulty setting wasn’t due to any unfairness or overpowered enemies. It was due to enemy AI using debuffs regularly and they work tactically against the player in an extremely clever manner. Each player character has one standard attack, one special attack and one defensive ability. Every other ability comes from a card system, adding armour, extra damage and abilities from equipment cards, there’s also cards that cast spells and some which grant special items. Each dungeon begins at a low level and begins to level up as the player does, the longer you stay in the dungeon the more powerful the enemies become.
Graphics and Audio
The visuals in this title really appealed to me, full of character and vibrant. The design of the characters and the game environments have a wonderfully unique look and feel to them. A remarkable level of polish is evident in this game and I enjoyed exploring the unique environments with my characters. Each moment I played Mad Crown I fell further and further in love with it and the graphics were definitely a major factor in that.
A fun title with sparkling visuals and a solid challenge. I highly recommend this to any seasoned adventurer looking for a difficult but rewarding gameplay experience.
Available on Steam