Review by Neutral-bob

Reviewed: 07/16/06

A groovy scrap-metal adventure.

Every once in awhile a game comes along that defies the standards of most cookie-cutter RPG's. Steambot Chronicles is one of these games. Carrying a style all of it's own it can be suggestive, funny, colourful, and dark all at once. But more on that with the review.

Story 9/10
The story starts with our protagonist (or antagonist if you wish) Vanilla Beans. Found on a beach, shipwrecked, and with a complete loss of memory he is helped to his feet by a girl named Coriander.(Connie for short) Upon stumbling blindly around for a few minutes Vanilla uncovers a mechanical monstrosity simply known as a Trotmobile. From there the game takes many unique twists and turns which makes up the very world which is Steambot Chronicles.

Graphics 8/10
The graphics in this game are cartoony, and the graphics show it. Boasting a sort of gritty Cel-shaded look this game pulls off the message it is trying to send with it's story. The only main reason I deducted points is the fact that slowdown can sometimes be relevant even during cut-scenes.

Controls 10/10
Here is where the real beauty of the game is. Since the game is built mainly around music mini-games and Trotmobile controls the game's emphasis on them is almost a no-brainer. Boasting a fluid control scheme for both Trotmobile and instrument it is truly a thing of beauty.

Game play 10/10
Here's where the game really shines. While the games story may be a bit short, the things to do while advancing it certainly aren't. With an arsenal of side quests such as Transporting goods to other parts of the country, fighting in an arena against other Trotmobiles, musical performances, and a wide variety of other things to do this game does not dissapoint. The game even has the occasional Goliath-sized boss from time-to-time to keep you on your toes.

Characters 10/10
The unique and plentiful cast of this game is sure to keep you entertained as you advance the main plot. Filled to the brim with eccentric personalities and humorous dialogue these people do not disappoint.

Overall: 9.5/10
Many games nowadays try to stick to one target demographic by simply rehashing their old games and sticking on new labels. Steambot Chronicles avoids this entirely; providing a magnificent escape from modern-day RPG's. If you are looking for a game that truly has no genre and is, in essence, a stylish reminder of originality and the days when it wasn't that hard to find in games.

Pros:
-Stylish Gameplay
-Fluid Controls
-Gorgeous environment
-Colourful Characters

Cons
-Too short for it's own good
-It's over before you know it.

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

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