Indie Games Spotlight for May 6th, 2012

By mancide, 4 years ago
Sequence takes the rhythm game genre to a twisted RPGesque place.

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Sequence is a rhythm/RPG hybrid, featuring full voice acting and a soundtrack by Ronald Jenkees. Ascend the Tower and uncover the mystery surrounding the girl tracking your every move.

RELEASE DATE: 5/5/2011
DEVELOPER: Iridium Studios
GENRE: Role Playing

FEATURES
Offline players 1
Dolby Digital
Sometimes hybrid games take a good concept of merging two genres, and then fail to execute either of them well. Sequence does not fall victim to that fate. Whitty writing, great voice acting, and a really polished, albeit fairly static, art style make this game look fantastic. And with a soundtrack powered by Internet star Ronald Jenkees, your ears are catered to with as much love and care as any game to date.

Sequence takes the traditional gem falling from the top of the screen approach to timing your button presses, but adds the extra dimension of having to juggle between three panes. Each pane is tied to a different portion of your combat, one for defense, one for spell casting, and one to regain mana. You switch between these with the right and left triggers, and can use the face buttons or the d-pad to activate the falling directional gems.

This sounds fairly complicated when explained in a wall of text, but the game does a fantastic job of stepping you through this mechanic one step at a time. It does such a great job, in fact, that I was slaughtering monsters right after the tutorial was finished.

You have traditional RPG elements, such as inventory management and a small crafting mechanic, that help you better equip yourself for your journey through the seven levels of The Tower. Luckily, these additional management tasks are tended to from the comfort and solitude of various safe rooms scattered about your adventure.

For me, personally, I think the superb soundtrack from Ronald Jenkees is well worth the 240 MSP admission price. Thankfully, however, Sequence provides you with a well-rounded gaming experience wrapped around that soundtrack. This is definately a game that excels at blending the rhythm and RPG genres.

P.S. I cannot end this article without linking to my favorite track from Ronald Jenkees, Disorganized Fun for those of you who may not be familiar with his work.



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mancide
Written by mancide
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