Develop your kingdom and amass an army to unite Midgard under your rule
Perform research to advance your civilization and your military
Send your hero out to vanquish boss-like monsters that roam the land
Crystal of Re:union is an anime-themed, Japanese strategy/RPG that casts you into the role of the bearer of the coveted ring known only as the “Core”. The ring places you on your path to becoming a ruler of your very own kingdom and naturally, being a leader, you’ll want to make sure that your kingdom grows strong and prosper.
There are many ways you can do so, ranging from upgrading existing buildings and conducting useful research. However, all of these can be pretty costly and as such, you’ll need to have a robust economy as well. Economy in this game basically consists of having sufficient amount of resources, namely food, stone, wood, iron and crystals, since these are the basic building blocks of almost everything in Crystal of Re:union. You can earn these in a myriad of ways, be it completing quests, plundering rival castles, improving your resource-producing buildings, or sending your troops out to collect the stuff you need from resource areas scattered across the world map.
Another important aspect of the gameplay is the RPG part of the game - your hero. Before you begin building up your kingdom, you’ll first need a hero to champion your cause. There are 6 unique characters for you to choose from and from what I know, it doesn’t really matter which hero you choose in this game since you’ll be able to switch heroes later anyway. Heroes in this game can be leveled up individually, just so you can reveal more of their background stories. You don’t lose any progress on any hero you’ve leveled up so that’s really good as well.
Aside from having really fleshed-out personalities and personal stories which often end up giving rise to more questions than answers, heroes are actually a very crucial part of this game’s gameplay. You’ll need to rely on them to help you defeat monsters that roam just beyond your castle walls. Once a monster is defeated, you can earn a nice sum of resources as well as crafting materials that a skilled blacksmith can turn into weapons and armor. The items crafted can even be enhanced in one of two ways, by augmenting the item with special cards or simply upgrading it with crystals. Each hero also has three main skill trees which you can invest skill points into. Skill points are in turn obtained whenever your hero levels up.
Crystal of Re:union is interestingly social too and due to this, it would be in your interest to join an Alliance as soon as you can. You will not only get some support from your guildmates, but you can even earn some alliance points by helping them out in return. These points can then be exchanged for valuable speed-up tokens.
When it comes to graphics and sound, this game has done everything just right. I love the anime visuals, particularly the epic cinematic at the end of the tutorial, and the soundtracks used provide players with an atmosphere that befits the theme of the game. The Japanese voice acting – although I’m playing the game in English – is also very professionally done.
Being a freemium game, Crystal of Re:union has an in-game shop where you can buy additional supplies using the game’s premium currency, Gold, as well. With Gold, you can even purchase a variety of convenience items. There is also a rank-based VIP system that you can buy into for special bonuses and of course, the bonuses you get differ depending on your rank.
All in all, Crystal of Re:union may have a somewhat run-of-the-mill gameplay that may bring to mind games like Throne: Kingdom at War, but its anime heroes have a very impressive amount of depth to them which puts a rather bright spotlight on the game in the crowded mobile market. The game’s free to download and play as well, so if you’re interested by what you’ve read, you might want to check the game out yourself!