Review GrandChase M
One of the better mobile RPGs
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 02 Oct 2015, tested on HTC One M8
Beautiful cutscenes, awesome effects
Skills attack or heal randomly, incorporates a stamina system, lengthy tutorial
The Grand Chase team are a bunch of highly trained and elite group of knights that are hand-picked from the kingdoms of Kanaban and Serdin in an effort to defeat a powerful traitor named KazeAaze. In Grand Chase M for Android, you’ll put together your own Grand Chase team in an effort to take KazeAaze down and become the best Grand Chase team out there.
In order to get started, you’ll need the patience to go through an incredibly long tutorial, which doesn’t really need to exist. It’ll teach you the combat system, go through a few of the menu systems, but ultimately just tell you exactly what to do for a good chunk of the beginning fo the game.
Much of the mechanics are identical to what you’ve no doubt seen in other RPGs like this one. Combat is automatic, though this game has a more robust set of special skills. Each character has two. The first is unlocked automatically, but the second isn’t unlocked until that character reaches a certain level. Then you have an ultimate skill that is unique for each character. Every skill is on its own cooldown timer, and that’s really the only thing prohibiting you from spamming. Interrupts are perhaps the coolest mechanic in the game. When you see an enemy about to unleash a special, you can stun that unit if you have a character that has a stun spell.
I’m not a fan of how random the game is, however. If you lose any character in a level then you lose a star, so if you’re trying to level a new character, good luck getting three stars. What makes matters worse is that you can’t choose which units to heal or defend, it does it automatically. I’ve had plenty of party members die because one of my other units healed someone who didn’t need healing.
Character development is about what you’d expect. Characters level, and you can feed lower leveled characters to boost your favorite units. Loot drops randomly and can be equipped by all party members, and items can also be boosted by certain cards.
Overall, Grand Chase M is a really fun and great looking RPG. It does have a stamina system, but I never came close to running out. It doesn’t try anything new, but the combat system and gorgeous effects are some of the best I’ve seen in games like this.