- System: PS4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, PS Vita, Xbox One, PC
- Publisher: KEMCO
- Developer: KEMCO
- Release Date: October 30, 2018
- Rating: E 10+ Everyone 10+
- Genre: RPG
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://www.kemco.jp/sp/games/ca/en/index.html
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Chronus Arc is a very simple game to explain as a whole. Players assume the role of a young man named Loka who ends up on a journey when his master vanishes after an ambush and he discovers a villainous plot is afoot. From here, players will navigate various landscapes fighting monsters and baddies in classic turn-based stylings akin to most older titles. Chronus Arc isn’t focused on delivering high end graphics or new age mechanics to its audience though. At its core, Chronus Arc is focused on reminding gamers of titles like Final Fantasy. This is where many will either love Chronus Arc or feel its being overly cautious to not mold itself differently than the games its inspired from.
Chronus Arc’s gameplay is split into two themes, RPG elements and exploration. The brunt of gameplay in Chronus Arc is tackling enemies you see on the field—thankfully not random battles—and dealing out classic turn-based warfare on them by attacking, using spells or unleashing special attacks. Akin to most RPG/JRPGs, Chronus Arc has you level up, equip new items/spells and generally level grind your way to beating anything that stands before you. Combat can be sped up—thank you KEMCO—and it allows players to avoid hours of fighting low grade enemies making most battles last minutes or seconds. We won’t say Chronus Arc is the best turn based JRPG but we love simplicity at times and it makes Chronus Arc approachable to all ages and fans of the genre.
The secondary element to Chronus Arc that we briefly mentioned above is exploration. Where Chronus Arc shines above other JRPGs is the simple—but occasionally tricky—puzzles that occupy most dungeons in Chronus Arc. We won’t spoil the puzzles and often the mechanics you must utilize but we enjoyed finding hidden areas or using our minds a bit more than older JRPGs required us to. Just be ready for the occasional repetition to set in as Chronus Arc doesn’t change up its formula often. Remember folks, Chronus Arc is at its heart an old school themed JRPG that will appeal to fans of the yesteryear of RPGs.
Lastly, let us talk briefly about the graphics and sound for Chronus Arc. For the most part, we loved the music and art that was offered in Chronus Arc. While some towns had annoying tunes—like we muted our audio annoying—battles and dungeons had some pretty good music overall. What shines brightest about Chronus Arc though is the sprites and designs of the characters. All of the characters/enemies in Chronus Arc look solid at a sprite level and when their portraits appear during text dialogue sequences, they have an air of originality to them not seen often in JRPGs that mirror the past. Chronus Arc won’t win any awards for the best-looking game out there but we think it does perfectly fine with what it offers.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Great use of puzzle designs in dungeons
- Simple but fun turn-based combat and JRPG mechanics
- Original character models makes Chronus Arc feel unique
- Most of the OST is pretty solid
- Some of the music in Chronus Arc is pretty bothersome
- Stays a bit too safe with its RPG mechanics