Title: Crayon Chronicles
Platform: PC, Steam
Reviewed on Windows
Genre: RPG, Dungeon Crawler, Rogue-
Players: Single player
Written by Whistler 6th April 2015
Ah childhood, I still fondly remember the days I feverishly spent drawing maps and characters on grid based paper and even created stand up paper avatars to traverse my imagination. Alas I do not have the time nor patience for that sort of guff but a little quaint title by the name of Crayon Chronicles allows me to have a similar experience from the comfort of my computer.
What struck me is initially Crayon Chronicles seems like a far more child friendly rogue-
However along with the simplistic visuals is rather simplistic depth, this is of course not necessarily a bad thing but I did feel it decreases the replay value which tends to be crucial for a rogue-
In fact the game lacks most if not all form of depth that usually makes this genre enjoyable; weapons come in many forms like double edged axes, poison swords, owl on a sticks or hammers but weapons never really have those crazy abilities that make Binding of Isaac feel fresh for so long nor really feel all that impactful like in Dredmore. Your stats are split between 5 attributes being life, power, dodge, aim and luck, each being fairly self-
Which leads me to a rather glaring flaw in Crayon Chronicles, the game never seems sure as to what route it wants to follow, while the first section of the game is ludicrously easy and is lacking in depth, the second section of the game almost unfairly ramps the difficulty up within seconds.
The rather infamous Graveyard levels is notorious for having some unfair gameplay elements particularly being the skeleton archers. Throughout the game you do run into ranged enemies that can hit you from afar so long as they have vision of you, however the player can only fire in horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines meaning at times you can be incredibly disadvantaged. This coupled with the skeleton archers seemingly infinite range and tendency to be in groups means you’ll almost be one shotted the second you’re in range of them without even having a snowball’s chance of getting damage off on one of them.
Because of this section I’m just unsure of who the target audience is, at first it seems like the perfect ‘my first rogue-
I will admit though that I am being harsh on what is a modest £3 title.
Crayon Chronicles is a simple easy to pick up rogue-
However for a £3 title I only managed 2 hours before I just couldn’t stomach the lack in variety and I wouldn’t recommend it personally.
Fresh take on the genre,
First section is very accessible,
Lacks notable variety,
Sudden difficulty spikes.
Crayon Chronicles certainly brings back great childhood memories but doesn’t do much to earn a 4.5/10.