Chain Strike Review: A Must Play Mobile Strategy RPG

Chain Strike review

The Basics

  • Name: Chain Strike
  • Developer: Com2uS
  • Genre: RPG, Strategy
  • Price: Free, with in app purchases

The Details

  • Installed size: 694 mb
  • Best played in medium sessions
  • Minor bugs experienced
  • Playable Offline: No

What is Chain Strike?

Chain Strike is a new hero collection strategy RPG from Com2uS, the company behind Summoners War. The game modes include an adventure mode with visual novel-like cutscenes, PVP against ghosts, and various dungeons that offer loot and a chance to take on large bosses. Like other gacha games, players will need to summon new heroes using items found in game or premium currency in order to build their teams. As always, in app purchases offer a major shortcut.

Chain Strike’s combat takes place on a 5 by 7 game board with the player bringing in a team of 4-5 heroes to take on groups of monsters, heroes, or large scale bosses. Each of the game’s heroes has an attack and movement range that somewhat corresponds with a chess piece. Bishop types can move and attack diagonally, rook type units that are unable to attack or move diagonally, and so on. Having multiple allies in attack range of a single enemy allows players to unleash pincer attacks which do significantly more damage. This makes unit placement a crucial part of this turn based RPG.

Chain Strike gameplay
Players have 3 action points per turn, usually enough to attack once and move on character.

Recommendation

Chain Strike offers deep strategic combat, a story mode that will be appealing to some, but it also has some of elements that turn gamers off when it comes to mobile RPGs.

To put it bluntly, if you are a gamer that has a problem with monetization and gameplay in most mobile RPGs, this is not the game for you. Chain Strike does allow gamers to summon units (effectively) using real money, though summoning odds are disclosed. It also contains an auto mode that lets players grind without actually playing the game. Though it should be noted that the game’s auto mode is not a substitute for human players.

That being said, Chain Strike is among the best mobile gacha games out there. The game’s chess inspired combat system is deep, allowing for multiple strategic decisions before combat begins and as each turn starts. Players can mix things up with different characters with support, healing, or combat abilities that can change how each match plays out. Each turn players have a limited number of action points, making each move crucial in winning a close match. Thanks to different attack and movement ranges team building becomes an essential part of the game’s strategy and goes beyond just fielding the four or five strongest heroes in your collection.

Chain Strike’s combat system is fantastic, and it’s coupled with great graphics and a story mode that players won’t instantly want to skip through. Added to that is the game’s boss battles, where players take on different behemoths that take up a good portion of the screen. Each fight is unique and requires its own strategy as players learn the boss’ attack pattern and range. Unfortunately the game’s Korean voice overs do not add much to the game, but they are thankfully optional

As far as mobile RPGs go, Chain Strike is a must play. While it does have a stamina system, an auto mode, and plenty of IAP opportunities, the combat system is great and just about everything else about the game is well executed. Time will tell just what Chain Strike becomes as players progress, balance issues emerge, and the game is updated. Right now, it’s an experience that is absolutely worth having for anyone who enjoys mobile RPGs.

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Must play for mobile RPG fans
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Note: This review reflects the author’s views on the game at the time it was played. The state of the game may have changed since that time. Please note that installed size includes optional downloads where applicable.