More Reviews
REVIEWS Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival Review
Amiibo Crossing is (not very much) fun for the whole family!

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash Review
[Update] Mario’s latest tennis game can be a multiplayer blast, but the single player experience is pretty shallow.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Stellaris Preview
Paradox Interactive turns their lends from history to space, with their 4X/grand strategy hybrid.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Eiyuu Senki - The World Conquest
Release date: Out Now

MOP: Operation Cleanup
Release date: 12/01/15

JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Eyes of Heaven
Release date: 12/17/15

Read More Member Blogs
Windows 10 Review for Dummies
By Ivory_Soul
Posted on 08/11/15
After all these years, and growing up with Windows 3.1, I have seen an entire evolution of computers and software. Touch screens and large resolutions were a pipe dream just 15 years ago. Now it's the norm. Going from a Packard Bell (yes, before HP) that couldn't run 3D Ultra Mini...

Chroma Squad Preview

blake_peterson By:
GENRE Tactics 
PUBLISHER Behold Studios 
DEVELOPER Behold Studios 
RP What do these ratings mean?

Naturally switch between TV fantasy and TV reality

"We're really into the idea of Meta," Behold artist Bruno Briseno told me about his studio's new game, Chroma Squad, using the studio's previous title for an example. Knights of Pen and Paper gave you control over both the players and Dungeon Master as they enjoyed a tabletop RPG to inhabit a liminal space between the game world and the "real world". Chroma Squad tries to mimic that in a new pixelart tactical RPG/management sim featuring your favorite Japanese warriors.

In Chroma Squad the conceit is that rather than being the heroes, you play the people working on a Sentai television show. The title is directly inspired by Japanese shows like Changeman and Flashman though you might be more familiar with the American equivalent in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. You play as the development team behind the costumed-heroes-versus-evil-monsters. Once the game's Kickstarter began to pick up, the developers attracted the ranks of Super Sentai fans who began to lend their deep knowledge to the game. Briseno recommends the pirate themed Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger as one of the better contemporary entries.

After selecting your production crew, battles play out as practiced choreography sessions, and combat features various rubber monster enemies. You work to earn the approval of the audience, which allows you to play the management section of the game where you build up and enhance your television studio budget.

Each part of the game compliments the next. As you progress in combat and have more exciting engagements with enemies, you're allowed better equipment and a better robot (that your five costumed fighters use to battle the giant monster, of course). By winning the heart of the audience, reflected in a progress bar at the top of the screen, your team will prevail in these tactical RPG battles.

Emphasis is placed on character cooperation in combat. Clicking on the large star-shaped icon allows you to instruct different characters to assist each other. In some cases this means launching a character farther than their natural movement would allow or using two characters to flank an enemy for extra damage. If all five characters work together the game allows you to do a special finishing move.

Chroma Squad, a loving tribute to both the Super Sentai and the people who make them, is slated for release in June on Steam, Xbox Live, and PlayStation Network.


More from the Game Revolution Network

comments powered by Disqus

More information about Chroma Squad

More On GameRevolution