Although a giant in the online games industry, NCsoft hasn’t even made a dent in the mobile gaming market, lagging far behind competitors such as Nexon and Netmarble. As such, a studio (Lionship Studio) was formed in NCsoft Japan back in 2016 to develop mobile games for the immensely lucrative domestic market, perhaps with a hope of the titles going global. Chrono Brigade was recently launched on Google Play and App Store.
Chrono Brigade is perhaps the laziest mobile game we have come across, even worse than the various idle games out in the market. Basically, players form a deck of cards which acts as skills and cast them during battles. The graphics, animations, and effects look like they were done by a team which couldn’t care less about Chrono Brigade’s success. Gameplay wise, this is not something you expect from NCsoft, which made very successful RPG titles.
How did this game’s battle system ever got approved by the management of Lionship Studio and NCsoft Japan? As a first attempt to capture the Japanese gamers, the features should be more aligned with modern standards. How about letting the characters equip the cards when they are being cast, have some sort of cool animation effect, and land a satisfying blow onto enemies? Chrono Brigade currently has a 1.6 rating on Google Play.