You’ll be stabbing foes with spears and swords when on foot in Chained Echoes, but that’s not the only way you’ll be duking it out with the game’s enemies. Some more high-tech options are available, too.
As a change, Chained Echoes begins at the end of a long war instead of the start of one. That said, cities are in shambles, once-noble folks have formed bandit gangs, and monsters are running about, so peace times aren’t entirely relaxing at the moment. Things get even worse at a festival to celebrate the peace treaty that ended the war, kicking off a series of events that will lead to some turn-based head bashing for a group of heroes.
Chained Echoes tosses random battles out the window, only having you face foes at specific times. Once you’re in a fight, though, it’s up to you which skills you want to put to work to beat them. You can use the environment against foes by knocking things onto them. You can swap out party members to get unique tag team bonuses and attacks. You can also work to use the right attacks to fill up the Overdrive bar, which is affected by your combat choices. You just can’t fill it too much, which forces you to take up a careful balance in a fight.
This is just for the on-foot combat, too. You can hop aboard a mech to get around or start a fight, equipping it with handy parts and weapons to customize how it fights. That’s small potatoes compared to your airship, which you can also customize to suit your fighting needs, while also stationing party members at key sections to make your ship more effective in a flying battle.
With secrets galore, a sweeping plot, and multiple ways to start fights with monsters, Chained Echoes is an ambitious RPG in development.
Chained Echoes is currently in development, but you can support its creation through the game’s Kickstarter campaign.