Alchemic Jousts is a fun, lighthearted, addictive and challenging game based on creating skills to give you the edge. Come read our Alchemic Jousts review!
In this game you guide the four elements – wind, fire, water and earth – and the aim is to crush the tower of your enemy by using said elements to your advantage. The main thing you need to remember is that water beats fire, fire beats earth, earth beats water, and air…well air just flies!
As fun and simple as the gameplay may seem, the game will ramp up in difficulty quite quickly. As you play through and win levels you will earn EXP and reagents to combine elements to create skills, buffs and more – there are roughly around 180 skills to combine so experiment and have fun with that because you will spend a good portion of the game creating skills! It is a mechanic I liked very much. Each difficulty level you complete will earn you one star. So you will need to play the same level on each difficulty to earn all three stars, which is a challenge in itself.
The combat system is designed to make you think about the decisions you make. Make the right call, and you will eliminate your enemies and get closer to crushing your enemy’s tower. It is as simple as that, but a lot of practice and experimentation is required to improve your chances of winning. Spell combination is split into tiers, and the higher the tier, the more powerful the spells are. Some spells you create can also have passive effects, so play around a bit to find what suits your playing style.
My only gripe with the game is that it is easy to make mistakes with the elements since they are mapped to the D-Pad. I think an option to map the elementals to the X, O, Square and Triangle buttons would be a lot easier. Also worth noting: the in-game text is very small, which can get in the way for some of you.
Alchemic Jousts doesn’t just offer a single player campaign as there are plenty of versus modes to play if you have friends to join in then fun. This greatly increase replay value thanks to the multiplayer offerings, making it easier to recommend this one.
Overall the graphics are cute and stylish, the experimentation range is absolutely massive, and finding all combinations will take you many, many hours. The campaign mode is solid with many levels to play on all difficulties. As for trophy hunters, the good news is there is a Platinum trophy for Alchemic Jousts. The bad news is that it’s going to be a very time consuming and challenging Platinum to achieve, so the sooner you get started and the more you practice, the more progress you’ll make towards unlocking it.
This Alchemic Jousts review is based on a PS4 copy provided by Lunatic Pixels