Nowadays, RPGs seem to be everywhere. If the game is not a true RPG, it has elements of the genre in it. In order to truly stand out, RPGs must be unique and offer something almost no one else is. Developer Headup Games has done just that. Enter Trulon: The Shadow Engine. While Trulon has all of the classic elements of an old school RPG, it mixes in some strategy that makes the player really think about their next move. With an intriguing story, unique gameplay and beautiful sound and graphics, Trulon is sure to please any fan of RPGs.
Time to save the world!
The story of Trulon begins in the kingdom of Tripudia, where our hero Gladia gets word about an increase of monsters in the area. Little does she know, this small quest leads to something more sinister. Clues lead her to the treacherous kingdom of Maelon. Gladia and her friends must uncover what is really going on in order to help save her kingdom. This may sound like every other RPG you have played, but trust me, this story will have you on your toes the entire time. At just over seven hours, it may seem short for an RPG, but you will love every minute of the mystery and danger.
The best hand wins
Trulon combines classic RPG turn-based combat with card-based strategy. As you progress and level up, you receive cards which give you different equipment and abilities. Using your cards wisely is critical during battles. Set your cards up wrong and you could be on the losing end. If you do end up dying, you restart right before the fight, giving you the chance to redo your deck and try again. Does an enemy keep hitting your with magic spells? Use a card to block the spell and give yourself the upper hand. There is a turn indicator on the left side of the screen letting you know who is up next. This is very helpful in plotting your next move. Your health bar is on the top right hand corner and your cards are displayed at the bottom of the screen. The combat and gameplay are simple but do require some strategy to be successful.
I’m a 2D girl, in a 3D world….
The graphics are incredibly beautiful. The graphics closely resemble the game Bastion, except the characters are more 2D against the 3d world. The worlds are beautifully detailed and crafted just right to help set the tone for each area.
The sound brings back fond memories of classic RPGs. Each area has its own unique sound to help set the tone with the graphics. Battles are a little more intense with their own sounds as well. And of course, no battle is complete without the sounds of swords clashing and blasters blasting. Trulon does an amazing job mixing the sounds together to make audio perfection.
Headup Games has again come up with a unique gaming experience. I have never been one for card-based combat games, but Trulon has made me think twice about them. Along with the classic RPG elements such as turn-based combat and great sounds, Trulon: The Shadow Engine is a game that will have you coming back for more. I cannot recommend this game enough. Give it a try, you’ll see what I mean.
Trulon: The Shadow Engine comes out for Xbox One on February 24th, 2017.