Crown Trickby Aethyna Oct 20, 2020 | 1 Votes | 69 Played | 0 Reviews 10 rate Nightmares from this realm have spewed forth, bringing pain and suffering upon the inhabitants of the mortal realm. Playing as a young girl called Elle, you are the only one left to save the world from the never-ending nightmares, and with the help of the arrogant yet omniscient Crown, you might be able to do just that! Play Now Similar Games Played
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Crown Trick is a roguelike adventure RPG that’s set in the Realm of Nightmares. In this game, nightmares from this realm have spewed forth, bringing pain and suffering upon the inhabitants of the mortal realm. As the last remaining dreamwalker, albeit a novice, you, playing as a young girl called Elle, are the only one left to save the world from the never-ending nightmares, and with the help of the arrogant yet omniscient Crown, you might be able to do just that!
The horrifying nightmares from the Realm of Nightmare were unleashed on all creatures on Earth by a greedy human named Vlad. He performed a forbidden sacrificial rite that broke the seals keeping the Power of Nightmare in check, causing unbridled chaos and disaster to all.
The guardian of the Nightmare Realm, known only as "the Crown", had no choice but to reach out to someone who could help, and that someone is the young girl Elle.
As Elle travels to the different domains of the Nightmare Realm, she will be able to collect story fragments in the form of pages for each domain as the domains have their respective stories to tell. She will also be able to uncover more about the story behind every domain by talking to the people she rescued from the Nightmare Realm.
Crown Trick may, at first glance, seems rather typical – after all, the “enemies will only move if you move” mechanism isn’t exactly unique, though it isn’t exactly worn out from overuse either. However, it is anything but!
In a roguelike context, Crown Trick is perhaps the very first to use what is a rare gameplay mechanism to further enhance its turn-based gameplay, and not every move or action will consume a turn either. There are some abilities, blinking for instance, which will allow you to move and perform an action in a single turn, but of course, you will have a limited number of blinks, and restoring them takes some strategizing, especially during boss fights, as well.
The whole trick in this game is to not open yourself up to attacks while dealing with a flurry of attacks of your own. This will sometimes mean that you’ll want to skip a turn just so you can get the enemy to approach you first rather than the other way around. After all, whoever reaches the enemy first will receive the first blow and you’ll want to be the dealer of that first blow.
To complement this interesting turn-based gameplay, Crown Trick also features a “break” mechanism that works incredibly well and ingeniously so with what gameplay we already have at hand. You see, each enemy has a fixed number of “shields” that can be broken by taking damage and once that shield breaks, the enemy will be stunned for a turn or so, depending on the shield they have. Bosses and elites, for instance, will be stunned for much longer since they have a higher break threshold.
There’s a combo system tied to the Break mechanism too, encouraging you to chain up your shield breaks to accumulate bonuses to damage and to gain some extra Blinks, which are crucial to the gameplay especially when you find yourself surrounded, being targeted by a spell that can’t be as easily dodged, or to simply pull off a strategy you may have.
In fact, if you’re deviously clever, it’s entirely possible to complete an entire battle without taking a single damage, all thanks to the break mechanism, blinks, and of course, a longer-ranged weapon or weapons that allow you to deal damage to edge-adjacent enemies. This is a good strategy to adopt mainly because the game only has a few ways for you to restore your health and most of these ways, such as elixirs and the rare encounters, have a limited number of “charges”.
As a dungeon crawler of sorts, Crown Trick offers players with a nice variety of loot, ranging from the usual weapons and consumable items, to the much more valuable relics that grant permanent passive abilities for the entire dungeon run. As mentioned before, weapons in this game have different attack ranges and grids, and this is important when considering which weapons to equip since you can only have one at any time, and which Familiar abilities (which we’ll cover in a bit), items and relics to complement the weapon you’ve chosen.
Some weapons even come with elemental powers, allowing you to take full advantage of elemental weaknesses that the enemies may have. However, there is also a chance that the enemy may be resistant to the elemental effect in question, so it can sometimes be a hit or miss.
Making sure you have the right elemental counters for the enemies you face in this game can make your dungeon run so much more enjoyable in Crown Trick, and the main way to do so is by choosing the right Familiars to bring along. In this game, you can have at most 2 Familiars at your side, with each Familiar contributing 2 elemental-infused abilities for you to use. Most Familiars identify with only a single element, so both their abilities would likely be of the same elemental type.
The game provides Familiar stations at certain points in the dungeon where you can then switch up which Familiar, out of the 3 random choices presented, that you’d like to bring. There are many Familiars that you can defeat and then recruit to your team as well, and they can be upgraded too at the Hall of Reincarnation. As you play, you’ll also rescue a variety of characters who will stand ready at the Hall and offer their upgrade services to you in gratitude.
If you’ve played Children of Morta before, the Hall of Reincarnation is much like the Bergeson’s home. Here, you can purchase a variety of powerful and useful upgrades for different aspects of the gameplay. Of course, if you want a quick tip, I’d recommend upgrading your elixir as fast as you can – it’ll come in handy, trust me!
Since most dungeon runs consist of 3 floors, each featuring a different type (or biome, if you will) of the dungeon and hence, sets of enemies. Depending on the “biome”, you’ll get enemies that are more inclined towards a certain handful of elements. Each dungeon also comes with many different types of “rooms”, some of which may even present you with a challenge, allowing you to earn some special loot if you complete it. Pssst – you’ll get the most loot by getting 3 stars per challenge. Some room encounters may even reward you with access to the black market which sells a variety of more powerful items and relics, though at a much higher price.
Due to its gameplay design, Crown Trick is a strictly single-player experience. However, that doesn’t mean that you can hook up with your fellow players at the discussion forums on Steam.
The graphics are fantastic here and they fit perfectly with the game’s theme. However, I’ve got to say that seeing Elle without arms, when she obviously has them, threw me off a bit. The sound is incredible here too. The attention to detail in this game is just astounding!
Crown Trick is truly one of the best indie roguelikes that I’ve had the pleasure of playing and reviewing. It’s not as hard as Children of Morta mainly because of its turn-based-like format but its quality is on par with the former game and that’s the highest praise I could give. So, to sum up, if you love turn-based games and roguelikes, Crown Trick is one game you mustn’t miss out on!