Melting World Online

by Aethyna
Jun 23, 2018 | 1 Votes | 1 Played | 0 Reviews Your vote
Melting World Online 7 rate Melting World Online is a top-down RPG with turn-based combat and an old-school look. Although the game may not look too appealing, graphically, this game more than makes up for its dated visuals with plenty of quests to complete, a fun gameplay and an astonishingly in-depth mech customization system. Play Now Similar Games Played Post a Review

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Summary


Melting World Online is a top-down RPG with turn-based combat and an old-school look. In this game, you’ll get to assemble a squad of mechs and their pilots and send them out into the world to battle rival mechs as well as aliens that had spread across the land. Although the game may not look too appealing, graphically, this game more than makes up for its dated visuals with plenty of quests to complete, a post-apocalyptic-like world to explore, a fun gameplay and an astonishingly in-depth mech customization system.

Plotline


The game’s storyline is slowly revealed to you as you play. The pace is a tad bit too slow though and the game doesn’t really give you a lot of clues as to how the world became the way it is now. Anyway, there are still some details you can gleaned from the quest texts which can help jog your imagination; details that you might accidentally miss if you’re the sort of gamer who simply skip through all the quest texts.

Gameplay


Melting World Online begins with a tutorial which introduces the basics of the game to you. You’ll learn how to move your mech and attack your enemies during combat, as well as how to equip your mech with new weapons and armor. The tutorial is presented in quest-form so it isn’t exactly something you can skip. However, as a bonus, you can earn some free stuff for your mech or game cash by simply completing these easy tutorial quests.

The turn-based combat system in this game is quite intriguing. Each turn has a time limit (vary depending on how many mechs you bring to the fight) so you can’t exactly take your sweet time to decide what you’ll want to do. Not to mention, like most turn-based systems, your moves will be regulated by the total action points you have as well as the speed of your actions (to be specific, the animations associated to the action).

The action points (APs) aren’t shown in number form though. Instead, you have to make educated guesses based on the green AP bar below your mech at the bottom-left part of the screen. There’s also a Guard mode that will only appear in battles where your level is below the recommended level.

Now, what makes this system so intriguing to me is how much it reminds me of Fallout Tactics, or at least the VATS system in the older Fallout games. Granted that not every attack allows this, you can actually pick and choose which part of the enemy you want to try to hit. There’s a percentage of success shown for each part and it’s all up to you to decide if you’ll want to risk it. I’m not sure if crippling an enemy mech’s leg for instance will do much for you, but you can try hitting the cockpit (a.k.a. the head of the machine) for a quicker kill.

There are several movement options in this game as well, namely run, jump and sneak. I’ve noticed that run and jump pretty much do the same thing (and consume the same amount of APs), but for sneak, you can use it to move your mech into some shrubs without the enemy noticing. But of course, once you start firing, you’ll lose your sneak advantage.

Naturally, if your mech has better stats then it’ll be able to shoot and move farther. You’ll also have to consider other factors like ammunition (you can run out of ammo in this game), your mech pilot’s skills and the weapon and armor parts you equip to your mech.

Equipping mech parts in Melting World Online feels a lot like Tetris to some extent. Each mech is separated into various parts – cockpit, left and right arms, body, and left and right legs, with each part offering limited number of grids to place your weapons and armor in. You’ll be trying to make full use of the space you have, by fitting in as many pieces of armor and weapons as you can. For example, the more weapons you can put in means that your mech will have access to more attacking options (close range, long range, AoE, etc) while having more armor will help your mech withstand more enemy attacks.

As you might expect, different items will take up different amount of space, and it may take a bit of inventory management/ arrangement to squeeze things in. Weapons are slightly trickier to equip though since there are very specific areas you can place them on your mech – they can only be placed in a grid provided that the item overlaps at least 1 grid with a fireball-like icon. This also means that you can’t put a Gatling gun in grid for the left or right legs of your mech.

As you progress, you can eventually recruit more mechs and mech pilots to your fireteam. Different pilots will have different skills and stats to bring to the table, and the same goes for mechs. You have limited space on your fireteam but you can expand your mech and pilot slots by spending game cash. Don’t forget to equip your new mechs with weapons before sending it out to the battlefield though! If not, it’ll just be sitting duck. You should remember to repair your mechs after every battle as well.

All of this is merely the game’s PvE aspect, which can get rather grindy when the enemy you need to complete a quest doesn’t spawn. The game also has 2 PvP modes– you can duel another player or you can dive into a battle arena and battle it out for the top spot.

Oddly enough, despite being a buy-to-play game, Melting World Online has a premium store. The store sells stuff like officer (you) or pilot experience boosts, more game cash, a tool for instant mech repair for the entire fireteam, AFK leveling option, and more. You can also buy Gold Marks (premium currency) with real money in this game.

We have also encountered what appears to be a “bugged” quest. In “We’re a Team”, the quest log doesn’t register that I have 2 mechs added to the fireteam and instead, registered only 1. However, when I head back to the quest giver, the option to turn in the quest is available. So technically, although it isn’t a game-breaking bug, it’s still a bug nonetheless.

The map in this game also seems rather small but considering that the actual world map is pretty big, more locations may be opened up as you advance through the game.

Community


Melting World Online has a small community of players which you can occasionally see as you travel from one location to another. You can’t really see their mech avatars in the game, but you can see them popping in and out in the chat system for the area you’re in.

Graphics/ Sound


Melting World Online offers dated graphics that can be somewhat nostalgic, especially for those who have grew up in the 90s. As such, the game feels kind of old too. The music matches the overall 90s feel of the game as well, but despite being quite varied, the music isn’t very noticeable once you’ve engrossed in the gameplay.

Conclusion


All in all, Melting World Online isn’t exactly a game that will win any prizes for its visuals, but it does have a surprisingly strategic gameplay, an in-depth mech customization and a pretty unique setting and theme. If this sounds like a game you’d like to play, be sure to head on over to the game’s Steam page and buy it.
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