Destroy your foes in a chessboard-like arena in Chain Strike and use different tactics to do so.
Summon various guardians to fight by your side and give them commands to win your battles.
Go through the intriguing story mode and test your mettle against other players in the PvP mode.
The strategy genre might have been rife with pay-to-win games which are cash grabs and reskins in all but name. Thankfully, Chain Strike is one those games that are bright spots, bringing life to a genre with its unique approach to tactical gameplay and extremely high production value with anime aesthetics. Developed by well-known studio Com2us, you take the role of a summoner, calling guardians to your side to do battle against your foes. It is a title that exceeds expectations in presentation and gameplay, and its gacha and monetization mechanics do not hinder the overall experience. With that said, is it worth your while? Let’s find out what it has to offer:
The first thing you will notice about Chain Strike is its anime-esque art style and highly detailed graphical elements. Although it’s wrong to call it anime (it’s Korean), the animated intro and the visual novel cutscenes are a joy to go through, especially in the story mode. The art style is pleasant to eyes, especially if you’re fond of Japanese manga or are an avid reader of Korean manhwa. In the battlefield, the character models are well-made, while the background looks more like it was developed for a triple A title.
Summoning guardians utilizes a gacha system, and Chain Strike lets you know the odds. If you use premium in-game currency, you have a much higher chance of summoning rarer and stronger units. Using regular currency meanwhile lets you summon weaker units. Thankfully, each guardian you summon may has different capabilities on its arsenal, allowing you to form strategies based on different unit combinations.
Chain Strike shines the brightest in its battle system. Fights are set on a 5x7 grid, resembling a chessboard. Although you will be fighting individual units most of the time, boss battles are set with your enemies taking a huge chunk of the field. With that said, the unit varieties allow for different tactical options even before the start of the battle. You need to make sure the units you field complement each others’ abilities. Note that they also have various roles - some are damage dealers while some provide healing and support. You can’t simply win by fielding your strongest units. Strategy plays a crucial role, and you need to put it in mind when forming a dream team. There is an option to automate the battles, but you would want to be steering the wheel in more difficult stages.
There are various game modes in Chain Strike. The single player story mode is where you would want to invest the most time in, considering that it’s where you start building your team and learn its intricacies. The PvP mode is self-explanatory - you take the field against other players. The Forgotten Tower is another mode which acts like some sort of a dungeon. Going through it and accomplishing levels can make you eligible to receive various rewards.
Overall, Chain Strike is a tactical RPG that is a must-have for anyone looking for a great strategy title to invest in. Its battle mechanics may have a bit of a learning curve, but they’re fun and worthwhile if you get the hang of it. While it does have a pay-to-win part and a stamina aspect, It’s a well-made title with great production value and gameplay. What more can you ask for?