Preview of Power Chord – Rock ‘n Roll Slay The Spire

There’s a kilt-wearing mountaineer with an ax guitar combo on the left side of the stage, strumming notes that send shockwaves to the other side, obliterating red-skinned demons adorned in vintage punk rock helmets . It’s a power metal fantasy with riffs that literally rip – sprinkle some roguelike elements alongside a deck of cards and you’ve got the 2022 version of Slay the Spire, but with a bit more rock ‘n roll.

Power Chord is quite simple. You have a map that you draw yourself, leading to fights, bosses, shops, and health drops, charting your own journey to each segment’s final big bad. Along the way, you collect cards specific to each of your four party members, cards you can use to heal, arm, or attack. It’s a roguelike inspired by Monster Train, but with a unique style that celebrates punk, rock and metal, from 60s swing to 00s emo.


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My favorite member of the group is Grimnir Brawlfist, not only because his name is as metal as his aforementioned kilt and ax guitar, but because he’s a rage-fueled damage dealer who turns incoming attacks into powerful counters. . Each of the four has its own interesting twist that works in tandem with the others, creating near-perfect synergy if you deal the right cards. It’s kind of like a real band, except instead of instruments flowing together to make a metallic ballad, you have graffiti guns firing on all cylinders, bone-smashing notes and crushing masses. skulls.

Card games are in spades these days – whether you dive into the tabletop world or browse Steam for something new to play, you’ll find a million bucks to try. But developer Big Blue Bubble struck a chord with me due to its unabashed aesthetic, swaying me with vibrant neon scenes, dazzling lights, pop art map designs, striking backing music, and enemies. flamboyant punk. There hasn’t been a metal or rock game that incorporates culture into its visuals like this since Brutal Legend.

But that was just the reel. Once ensnared, Power Chord turned out to be one of the most intuitive card games I’ve ever played. You start slow, build the party, and learn the ins and outs of their unique cards and playstyles. Then you start creating synergy by combining their moves. This gradual flow eventually leads to tougher bosses and enemies, pushing you to try new combos and more carefully manage your team’s stats, but card descriptions are still clear and concise, straight to the point with no frills. . I never felt lost in this world and even the map was relevant, with the icons clearly displaying what to expect when clicked on. I know I’m getting into another fight and hitting the stores for a health juice because simplicity won out over unnecessary waffles.

I got stuck with ease and couldn’t let go, constantly restarting my run and trying new maps, paths, and synergies, only to hit this dead end wall of preview boundaries. It’s an incredibly promising card game, perhaps 2022’s own cult breakout like Griftlands, but I hope to see more variety when it finally drops. The little snippet I played was a visual, but repetitive treat – the same stage and the same group of enemies littered the path to the two-headed Hulk-like monster, and I want to see more of Big’s imagination Blue Bubble Spread on The Canvas.

Power Chord has already turned generic hell into personality-rich villains down to zero with the band members. They vary from red skin to orange and blue, with ripped vests, spiked hats, gladiator armor, industrial guitars, skull and bone boots, and more. Metal is the devil’s music, after all. The promise of more like this could make Power Chord one of the most interesting surprises of 2022, a mashup I didn’t know I wanted, but desperately need.

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