Gotta Collect Them All
Publisher and developer, Com2U’s third foray into the Summoner’s War IP continues with its latest title, Summoner’s War Chronicles. Chronicles is a mobile MMO that shares a lot of quirks and gameplay inspiration from games like Genshin Impact. Fans of the Summoner’s War games will recognize the cute monsters; however, anyone that has played a mobile MMO will feel that Chronicles doesn’t offer nuance to the equation.
Like many mobile MMOs, you explore the game world with other players, questing and leveling up to get more powerful. Initially, Chronicles feels very similar to other mobile MMOs, but its summon feature is what separates it. Using in-game currency, you can summon monsters to help you fight just as it’s done in many other Gotcha games. This means your fingers are always going to be crossed in the hopes of summoning a powerful monster to help you fight. Others might find themselves spending their hard-earned money to try and summon an awesome monster from the Summoner’s War franchise, while some would want to collect them all.
More of The Same
The story of Chronicles is catered to hardcore fans of the series. Hence, people who don’t belong in this category will probably feel a little lost. Honestly speaking, I found myself skipping the story parts of the game in order to try and progress through faster. The gameplay is sufficiently decent but not innovative by any means. One can easily figure that Chronicles is just another mobile MMO that uses the same formula most mobile MMOs use in terms of combat and questing. It’s truly just more of the same.
Summoner’s War Chronicles leans more into the monster-collecting aspect and is much better at that. You get to choose any three monsters to help you fight in battle, while only using two special abilities for your lead monster. This offers some nuance, particularly in boss fights. To clear quests and boss fights, you would want to change monsters other than just your lead monster in your current party.
A Lived-in World
The graphics and music are on par with any mobile MMO in the mobile market. The art style is the same as the rest of the series in the Summoner’s War franchise, while the music feels epic in scope. The world feels lived-in and vast, with many NPCs and players questing and battling their way to higher levels. The additions of mounts are a warm welcome because it makes exploring the world of Chronicles much easier.
Aside from leveling your own character through quests and battles, you also level up your monsters making them more formidable in battle. You can also level up your three chosen skills or ultimate skills, which are pretty powerful abilities within the game. Like in many mobile MMOs, you can use an auto-feature that allows you to automatically fight or complete quests. I used this feature when I got lost a few times.
The Monster Collecting Itch
Despite Summoner’s War Chronicles not adding many unique features to the world of mobile MMO gaming, it is still a fun and solid experience. It scratches the monster-collecting itch that I have longed for since my childhood. I couldn’t help but smile when I summoned a cool monster to fight along with me in battle.
To conclude, fans of the Summoner’s War series will enjoy this game on a deeper level. While those who don’t will be happy with a fun experience. Consequently, players that are looking for a new experience within the mobile MMO market might be disappointed. All in all, giving its players a fun monster-collecting experience, Chronicles has a lot to offer.
Is It Hardcore?
Summoner’s War Chronicles caters to the fans of the franchise while giving its players a traditional mobile MMO gaming experience. It doesn’t offer anything innovative, but for the most part, it will do.