Save the planet from an ecological disaster
Author: Evgenii Kostrov
Date: 09 May 2017, tested on Nokia Lumia 920
Cronus is a pretty entertaining puzzle game for Windows Phone in which you will find the role of a design engineer capable of preventing an environmental disaster on chemical plants and complexes scattered around the globe. Judging by the design of the game, it all happens in the future though not very distant. You work for a corporation which is engaged in recovering the emergencies in businesses related to the production of hazardous chemicals and toxic waste disposal.
Judging by the fact that you will not have time even for a short stay, the equipment on old plants was really outworn long ago but, as is usually the case, nobody tried to replace it until an accident occurred. Virtually every your appearance anywhere in the world takes place shortly before the leakage of toxic liquids, and if you do not hurry, the world won't be able to prevent an ecological disaster.
Game featuresThe mobility of the main character is an undoubtedly good feature, but the timely arrival at the scene of the accident costs him an opportunity to bring the required number of tools and spare parts for the construction of a new pipeline. That is, at his disposal there are not so much pipes and channels but it should not become an obstacle for quick creation of a pipeline that can withstand both the pressure and weight of the hazardous liquid.
Actually, the construction of pipelines, as well as their strengthening will be your top priority throughout the game. Running a little ahead, we need to say that the game has only 24 levels but by purchasing the full version you will get access to the mode in which you can create new challenges on your own. It may sound a little bit messy, of course - to provoke an emergency and then to eliminate it, but it's the way it is.
GameplayThe construction of an emergency pipeline is performed with small tube sections which in most cases will be placed at a significant distance from the ground or floor, if events develop within the company. This means that under the pipe you need to construct a structure which should keep the weight of the pipeline when some poison begins to flow inside it.
The hardest part of the game is that the basis for the pipeline cannot be mounted on the ground or floor. The only places for connecting the channels will be the pipe joints and other compounds of the general structure. That is, in fact you need to build a ruggedized structure that must withstand all the loads while being suspended. As a hint, we remind you of the construction of tower cranes consisting of thin corners and channels and yet easily coping with rising some multi-ton loads. Here, basically, is all that can be said about the gameplay.
ResumeThe graphics in the game are mixed. In some locations, there are elements that remind us of comic books, in the case of accident elimination you will find on the street quite a pretty scenery, and while working indoor, the game has a futuristic design in the neon style. The musical accompaniment is also not bad but eventually starts to seem a little monotonous.