The Bearded Ladies is experienced in the turn-based tactics genre and Miasma Chronicles shows it convincingly, with the studio trademark mix of stealth and tactic providing an engaging approach to most combat situations (sometimes the enemies will get the drop on you. Life isn’t fair). A pity for a climax that is perhaps too sudden, and a plot that isn’t as good as the atmosphere.
The game is a tactical RPG and not a frantic action game, as it is usually the case lately. I personally liked the game very much and a few minor flaws didn't deter me. The main thing is fun and I am greatly entertained.
Miasma Chronicles skillfully merges intense turn-based tactical combat, stealth mechanics, and rewarding exploration, dresses them up in a compelling world and narrative, and makes the result accessible to a broad audience.
Miasma Chronicles takes the turn-based strategy formula and throws on additional layers of stealth to enforce guerilla-warfare strategies. It largely succeeds in this goal, ensuring players take in their surroundings while taking out as many enemies as they can. When combat starts, you use various abilities and character strengths to survive. This gameplay immerses you well, making you want to plan out your next strategy as soon as possible. There are some flaws in the gameplay, such as abilities and environmental objects not working as intended. It’s also too easy to accidentally commit to a mistake while looking over the battlefield. But there are more strengths than weaknesses that allow Miasma Chronicles to deliver a fun strategic experience.
While I’m enjoying Miasma Chronicles, I don’t think it’s one I’m going to stick with. There are too many moments where the deck feels stacked against me in combat, and there aren’t many ways to get on par with the difficulty curve, let alone get ahead of it. The developers get very close to something great here, but there’s something off in their formula and it’s just not clicking in a way that feels satisfying.
Fun and fairly original game from a small but hard hitting developer. If you haven't played Mutant Year Zero from the same developer I'd suggest you start with that one. But if you've already played MYZ this is their new and completely separate follow up game, I think you'll like it.
It plays fairly similar to MYZ but the tone is a bit more serious and with new protagonists, a new world and a new story etc. The interface is good but a tad clunky in places, the combat is good but not perfect, the story is interesting but has a few tonal missteps (bathtub is all I'm saying).
However what really stands out for me is the world building and level design. If you have a powerful rig and crank it up to max the world really is gorgeous to look at. Just moving around in this world and exploring the different well crafted areas is really fun and engrossing. Some maps in this game could easily have been in Mad Max: Fury Road, a new Fallout game or a new Mass Effect game.
So if you're a bit of a sci-fi fan who likes turn-based games and stealth games then Miasma Chronicles is well worth your time. Plus The Bearded Ladies is a pretty cool developer in my book so I think we should sponsor them as much as we can. You can tell they don't have the budget, and last bit of play-testing, compared to some big name studios. But boy do they swing for the fences with what they've got.
SummaryIn the not-too-distant future. America has been torn apart by a savage force known only as the 'Miasma'. Meet Elvis, a young man brought to the mining town of Sedentary as a baby. Left by his mother in the care of a robotic older 'brother' and given a mysterious glove with which he can control the Miasma.
Join the brothers on a quest ...