Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara video game reviewWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (Iron Galaxy Studios)
Beat em’ up games used to be a staple in the gaming industry, now in 2013 we have just the nostalgic memories of the classics in the genre like Final Fight and Streets of Rage. We have seen publishers attempt to bring back some of these classic, unfortunately sometimes they can lead to disastrous results like the reboot of Turtles In Time. Iron Galaxy Studios has bundled two titles from the Dungeons & Dragons series in the package of Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara. By sticking to its 1990s roots, the title brings back the same presentation offered in the arcades while offering the modern updates to give the title new life.
Up to four players can move up and down a 2D backdrop and destroy everything in its path, that is the basic premise of a beat em’ up game. In Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara, you can chose four different classes, including a mage and swordsman, each with there own unique set of moves. There is a basic inventory and XP system, which coupled with the multiple pathways offered, lead to an incentive to replay the adventures.
Bringing Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara up to modern times can be a tricky task. Developer, Iron Galaxy Studios, made the wise decision to retain the 2D sprites from the original while offering an arcade cabinet presentation. They also offer widescreen support and a challenge system built into the adventure mode. Local and online four player cooperative multiplayer are also available.
There is much to like here for fans of the Dungeons & Dragons titles Tower of Doom and Shadow Over Mystara. Chronicles of Mystara serves up a reminder on how to revive classic titles without soiling their legacy in the process, offer what people remember and add only what is necessary so the game can speak for itself (***, $15.00 MSRP, available PSN (reviewed), XBLA, Steam, rated T for Teen).
+ Stays true to its roots with classic presentation
+ Online cooperative multiplayer
+ Multiple pathways lead to replayability