Gather round, kids, and let me tell you a tale of the times of old… Back in the ancient days of 1985, there was a home computer called ZX Spectrum, a piece of tech with a whopping 48 KB of RAM. On it, you could play many games, but one of the biggest hits was a game called “Chaos: The Battle of Wizards”.
The premise was simple enough – the original “Chaos” was a turn-based tactical multiplayer game. You take on the role of a wizard who has to rely on his trusty book of spells in order to defeat the other wizards and conquer the map. The game’s author, Julian Gollop is an industry legend. He’s the man who created “Rebelstar Raiders” a game that became “Laser Squad” which served as a basis for the XCOM series. As for the “Chaos” itself, it served as inspiration for “Darwinia”, “King’s Bounty” and many other great titles. The game had a sequel, “Lords of Chaos” back in 1990, ad it seemed that the series was done for till 2014 when the original author started a Kickstarter campaign in order to fund a third sequel, called “Chaos Reborn”. A month after the campaign started, the game was more than fully funded, and it got a release for home computers in October 2015.
With the history out of the way, let’s take a look at the mobile version of “Chaos Reborn: Adventures”, shall we? First of all, if you chose to play the version of the game that is the closest approximation of the vintage counterpart, keep in mind that it is as much a game of chance as it depends on skill. Meaning, spells can work but they can also fail, attacks have a varying success rate, and overall, it’s… Well, it’s chaos on the battlefield.
Fortunately, there is also a Lawful Mode, where spells require mana, and Health Points replace one-hit kills. This is more on par with modern gaming trends and conventions, but, in my opinion, it removes the important factor of unpredictability from the game.
There is also a single-player mode where you’ll battle against AI-controlled wizards while making your way across many different realms while getting new skills and fine-tuning the ones you’ve already got… You know the regular, good stuff.
Another modern touch in “Chaos Reborn: Adventures” is deck building. For each victory, you get gold that you can use to purchase card packs. These packs contain monster and spell cards, as well as additional gear for you to wear and staves for you to wield. The type of staff you have determines the number and type of cards you can draw before the match starts, as well as which mega spell is available to you, so choose carefully.
“Chaos Reborn: Adventures” is more than just a nostalgia-based cash grab. It’s a solid, well-polished title that is a pleasure to play either as a newcomer to the series or as a hardcore fan, a game that has a solid single-player campaign and a challenging multiplayer mode. Highly recommended.