This game is rated PEGI 7
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Posted: 10 weeks ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.
In Crown Trick you play as a girl named Elle who wakes up helpless and lost in the Nightmare Realm, and teams up with a mysterious talking crown to tackle a heroic quest. The crown grants Elle special powers over an ever-changing dungeon where everything moves at the same pace as she does, resulting in gameplay that adapts to the pace you want to play at. This allows for both precise tactical attacks and frenzied fast-paced action, in any combination you choose.
It's an unusual experience not only for the setting, but because every single input you make moves the dungeon and all of its inhabitants exactly one “click” forward. This means every step or swing can be carefully planned out for maximum efficiency, similar to a tactics-style game. However, unlike tactics games, you are also free to move Elle in real time (with all of the enemies also moving as she does). The action only stops when you do, giving you the unique experience of seamlessly transitioning between these two styles of play as it suits you at any moment.
Crown Trick is a roguelike game, where each time you die you are transported back to a familiar location where you are able to purchase upgrades and unlock abilities, making it more likely that you will be able to get further in the next attempt. The dungeon is procedurally generated with a new layout each time. Each run you are able to start with different combinations of weapons and sets of powers you have learned from previously defeated enemies, which gives a vast array of combinations to tweak your strategy and further customize your play experience.
The player has the ability to use in-game currency in a slot machine. However, there is no instructional detail about gambling, gambling is not glamorised and real money cannot be used.
8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players require strategic thinking, but the nature of the stop-start play gives them time to consider their actions.
On the PC, Crown Trick is very flexible in regards to control inputs. Since every movement can be a crucial part of your strategy, there is a robust assist suite you can toggle on/off to have the game give you more or less help in positioning your character during various types of actions. There is also a Mouse Enhancement setting that allows you move and attack with the mouse when using a mouse to play. With these features turned on, it is possible to play without the keyboard, using the mouse to access virtual hotkeys. (You only need the keyboard to access the Pause/Options Menu). Many of the Mouse functions work well with a touch screen.
Keyboard or Gamepad input can be used instead of or in addition to mouse controls, and can be switched between at any time. Most keyboard bindings can be changed. Controller buttons only have a few customization options.
There are very frequent checkpoints throughout the dungeon floors, but it is important to note they are not save points. They are used for fast travel across the dungeon floor. If you exit the game before finishing a dungeon floor you will return to the game at the beginning of the floor!
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