Jan 21, 2015
Crusaders Quest is an interesting RPG about inept goddesses and corrupted forests. With a neat visual style and bite sized gameplay is it worth your time?
Crusaders Quest features an interesting battle system that is quite unique. As the playerâ€™s party runs through the stage, they engage enemies automatically. At the bottom of the screen icons representing skills appear in a row at random. These skills range from extra hard hits, storms of arrows, defensive skills and healing abilities. Tapping a skill icon uses it, but waiting until three icons are together and taping uses them all for a much stronger effect. Skills have different ranges and hit patterns, so timing skill use, such as getting as many enemies in range of your archerâ€™s AoE fire storm before using it is important.
Finishing levels awards experience which levels up characters, making them stronger. Once they level up far enough they can be promoted, which transforms them into the next evolution of that class and they become much tougher. New weapons can also be forged for party members and members can also be switched out to find the best combination of badassery.
Crusaders Quest is a lot of fun to play. Watching the party smack their way past hordes of goblins and triggering skills is fun and the great presentation helps the game along. There is plenty of amusing dialogue as well, although the story itself is a bit weak. There are a truckload of stages to do and each stage is only a minute or two long. This bite sized gameplay is perfect for mobile and makes the game difficult to put down. There is always something about to happen, like acquiring a new weapon or promotion.
Of course, the game does have some freemium elements. Both gems and packs of coins can be bought. Coins are used for a lot of things in game, like forging weapons and buying new ones. Jewels are mostly used to skip what few timers the game has. The main limiting resource is Honour. Honour is only gained by playing PvP or completing quests. It is needed to promote warriors and is slow to accrue. There is also an energy system. Despite this, there is plenty of gameplay in Crusader Quest and the game doesnâ€™t hassle you to buy stuff like many other freemium games do.
Crusaders Quest looks nice. A pseudo 8bit style with SD characters gives the game a unique anime-like look. Combat looks quite nice to, with swords swinging and spells flying around. Enemies arenâ€™t too interesting however. The game does feel like a retro RPG however, what with its generic goblins and slime monsters. The sound is well done as well. The soundtrack really suits the game well and the constant din of battle is addictive.
Crusaders Quest is a fun RPG-lite and its enjoyable battles and slick gameplay make it worth playing.