Hey! Look! It’s another Korean RPG that looks identical to all the rest! That may not be a bad thing, though, if you’re a fan, because Chroisen fits snugly into the KRPG mold, with old-school 2D graphics and fun-but-simple button-mashy combat. But that also means that the game has all of the genre’s bad traits as well, including terrible touchscreen controls and a nearly incomprehensible storyline. Chroisen isn’t the kind of game to win over new players, but it offers a hefty amount of KRPG action for a buck.
You play as Sebastien, an aspiring warrior who just happens to run into one of the world’s foremost teachers of the knightly arts. After learning some tips from his new mentor, Sebastien is quickly pulled into a worldwide class uprising, as the so-called commoners attempt to assert their rightful place amongst the nobles.
Poorly-written political intrigue.
At least, that’s what we think is going on. Chroisen contains an absolutely horrific translation that makes following what is going on all but impossible. Characters speak in strange sentences that frequently make no sense whatsoever, and the game suffers from questionable and erratic punctuation, which capitalizes words mid-sentence and makes excessive use of exclamation points. It not only makes it impossible to follow the story or get any sense of who the characters are, it can also make figuring out your quest overly difficult.
Of course, awful dialog and incomprehensible plots are nothing new to the genre. That doesn’t make it excusable in Chroisen, but at least genre veterans know what they’re getting into. That makes this a game reliant on its role-playing elements and combat, and on that front Chroisen is decidedly average.
Combat simply requires mashing the attack button, with a few special attacks thrown in to keep things slightly interesting. What’s frustrating, though, is the game’s virtual joystick, which makes moving around the environment an exercise in frustration. You’ll get stuck on pieces of the environment regularly, and turning around to actually face your enemies can be surprisingly difficult.
Don’t feed the trolls.
But at least you have a lot of options when it comes to customizing your character. Right from the beginning, you have four character classes to choose from, each of which can be upgraded as you progress. You’ll also unlock new abilities and can improve weapons with special magical stones. The only drawback to the character progression is that it requires quite a bit of grinding.
If that’s enough to sell you on a game, then Chroisen won’t disappoint. You can spend hours trying get your character just where you want it, and with multiple options and classes, there’s even the option to replay the game to try something new. Just don’t expect a coherent story or deep combat, because Chroisen has neither.