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  • Summary: This city has become rotten to the core. You can’t even tell night from day in this hell in which big money dictates everything. And the best way to prove you’re right is with brute force.
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  2. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. 70
    I will say I’ve never played a game like Metropolis: Lux Obscura and I’m glad I did, but I think it has narrow appeal. If you like Sin City, it’s worth a look.
  2. Apr 4, 2018
    65
    If you like Sin City you have two options: to get angry because you consider that both the story and the art direction are a simple plagiarism, or enjoy it as a tribute to the comic book. In our review, we’ve been postulating for the first option. Luckily, the game has an innovative turn-based role combat system, mixed with match-3 puzzles to have fun during its short durability.
  3. Mar 27, 2018
    30
    The tough man's Match-3 puzzler, Metropolis: Lux Obscura, is simply not worth anyone's time, because, underneath the dark and sexy comic book art style, lies a lame excuse for a story, and equally lame excuse for a game - and, no, the low price, as well as the undressed, busty ladies, can't save this.
  4. Apr 11, 2018
    30
    As a Switch port, this is very good but as a game it is not worth your time unless you’re a die hard for a Sin City like aesthetic and need a new match 3 game with it.
  5. 30
    Even if you don't care about the poor storytelling and juvenile understanding of the noir genre, Metropolis is still a supremely bland and uninteresting match-3 game; one that doesn't integrate the gameplay and narrative together in a particularly interesting way and yet somehow also wants people to play it four times to experience all the endings.
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  1. Apr 4, 2018
    4
    Not too long ago people viewed mobile games as a bit of a joke. One of the standout games that appeared to take the platform by storm in 2012Not too long ago people viewed mobile games as a bit of a joke. One of the standout games that appeared to take the platform by storm in 2012 was Puzzle and Dragons, which later saw a Nintendo version on 3DS in 2015. The main mechanic of this game is matching up tiles in rows of three or more. This is not the first game to utilize this mechanic, and it’s far from having been the last, but it brought the style of gameplay to the forefront for many. While not something you’d likely find in AAA games outside of the odd minigame, it’s easy to pick up, so it’s nice to see what kind of variations developers apply to it.

    Metropolis: Lux Obscura is a motion comic with some minor decision making containing several different story beats and endings depending on your choices; the main gameplay mechanic surrounding the story are match 3 battles. Almost every section you come across will involve a battle, each of which will play out differently. Enemies will attack you after a certain amount of turns, and you must deplete their health before they do yours or its game over. The tiles you match will do damage to the enemy, damage you, heal you, or increase your damage multiplier. Failing isn’t too big of a deal, as the game saves after each milestone and you can continue to attempt the story as many times as necessary. Each completed battle also allows you to choose from a selection of different upgrades, which may increase health, strengthen the tiles used, in addition to other factors.

    The battles are by no means unique, but I found myself enjoying them about as much as you can. The upgrades are a nice touch, and being given the opportunity of getting more gear such as your gun to use in battle is a neat idea. If you’ve never played a game in this vein, you may find this to be a breath of fresh air. For anyone that is familiar with match 3 games, there’s not a whole lot of reason to jump into this, as the narrative isn’t all that compelling.

    The story is told in a noir fashion and does not shy away from being lewd. However, the “mature” content is not presented in a way that actually creates a riveting experience for a mature audience. Instead, it feels as though it’s there for the sake of getting an M rating on a match 3 game. The game can be completed in less than an hour for any given ending, and in that time you don’t really gain any connection with the characters. In my first playthrough one of the main characters went from being dismissive and rude in one scene to crying and essentially wanting to run away with me in the next one or two. I appreciate that it doesn’t beat around the bush, but when the story is this shallow, it almost feels as if it shouldn’t be there in the first place.

    Between missions you’re provided a map of the city, and while you are able to choose where you go, there is often times only one or two places highlighted that you can choose. Honestly, this creates a sense of choice when there isn’t any and is more frustrating than anything. Even when certain areas are partially lit up, you are not able to go there.

    As far as matching games go, this is far from the worst you can play. But then again, you can play many better ones for free. It’s an interesting concept that would fare much better if the story was fleshed out and you were given a reason to care about the characters you interacted with, but is a bit disappointing in its current state.
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