City of Chains is a dark sci-fi RPG set in a dystopian city. Take control of a small group of escaped fugitives and lead them to their freedom. Decide whether to fight head on or to avoid combat, to help others or to go your own way, to show mercy or to kill. Your actions could affect the fate of the city.
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Mostly Positive (13 reviews) - 76% of the 13 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (59 reviews) - 88% of the 59 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 8, 2015

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About This Game

Holt Allaway is a skilled engineer, specialising in the construction and programming of robots. When the government approached him to sign up for a military programme to create battle machines, Holt declined, not wishing to create weapons of war. He expected this wouldn’t go down well, and he was right. Shortly after, the officials fabricated a story that he was conspiring with underground movements against the government and convicted him of a crime he did not commit.

Upon being arrested, Holt is taken to a temporary holding facility where all arrested criminals are brought for an interrogation, as well as a verdict that decides their fate. Some are executed, and their organs are harvested and sold. The others are taken to high-security prisons and used as labourers or test subjects.

Shortly after an interrogation, the holding facility is attacked by corrupted machines, and chaos ensues. A scout bot that’s remotely controlled by a mysterious individual calling himself Cai sets Holt free and instructs him to escape. Holt joins forces with a smart scientist Chloe and an assassin Lorelei, both of whom were also imprisoned. Following Cai’s lead, they flee the facility.

However, their ordeal has only started. With no allies, few resources, and government police on their heels, they must find any means to survive and escape this condemned city - a City of Chains.

  • A dark sci-fi set in a large, dystopian city.
  • 4 leading protagonists, each with their own skillset.
  • No levelling up or experience points. Acquire skill points by making progress and use these to learn new skills and passive bonuses for each character.
  • Enemies can be approached with direct combat, taken out with a grenade, or bypassed altogether.
  • Non-linear and semi-linear locations. Use hacking, lockpicking, charisma, and wall smashing to find alternate routes to your goals.
  • Choice and consequence – your decisions will have impact on the world around you.
  • Grenade crafting and Medicine making. Use ingredients to create various grenades and medicinal pills.
  • Watch morale of your teammates! Morale makes your allies more efficient in battle and out of battle.
  • 3 difficulty modes – Casual, Hardy, and Dystopia.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Pentium 4 2.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Desktop Resolution 640x480
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Stereo Sound
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
I really like this game a lot. It does things I wish every RPG would do, like having fixed encounters which are actually different instead of just endless filler chaff, and awarding skill points for exploration/progression instead of grinding. It has a few faults you would expect for a game made on a non-AAA budget, but none so big they would prevent me from recommending. Great value at less that ten bucks!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
- The story is Good
- Some moral choices with consequence
- The character are unique
- Multiple endings
- a lot more!

- Cannot Set Resolution on Full screen

Play it and judge it yourself
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3 of 15 people (20%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
This game is horribly written
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114 of 143 people (80%) found this review helpful
96 people found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2015
If you ever wanted to play Deus Ex in th form of a four-hour-long rpg maker game then buddy do I have good news for you
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Holt Allaway has just been arrested due to his refusal to use his expertise in building military robots for the government: fleeing his cell soon after with a few companions in tow Holt will have to flee the police and find a way to get away from the city.
You'll be following his adventures in this 6 hour sci-fi RPG where you'll battle, hack and charm your way through four different acts: City of Chains has a quite good story and setting and is enjoyable to play despite a few gripes with its UI and combat system.


-decent art style

-the soundtrack is very nice and varied

-an interesting story that slowly connects Holt's escape to importants events in the city

-the dystopian sci-fi setting is done well

-a skill system and the few weapon categories at your disposal help give some variety and choice

-selecting certain skills'll make you able to solve situations using hacking or charisma, sometimes bypassing a danger entirely


-a few difficulty spikes, generally based on whether a character gets targeted too often: enemies can do quite a bit of damage even on normal difficulty and unlucky KOs can feel unfair

-the RPGMaker UI can feel a bit clunky when crafting (as you can't see the amount of materials you have while doing it) or when you want to readily know how much ammo you have left during a battle

-the Morale mechanic felt like an unnecessary aggravation

While six hours might not bet alot for an RPG City of Chains manages to make those hours enjoyable thanks to its setting and a well-paced, effective story: you'll also be able to influence certain events by killing/ sparing people and what ending you get by choosing one of three different missions in the last act. Combat is pretty fun and you'll have a few skills/ weapons to help you even the odds or can decide to use a grenade to kill enemies outside of a battle, if you have one and don't mind not getting any loot. Each character has skills you can unlock using points gained from completing quests and they'll slowly follow archetypes you're familiar with (damage dealer, tank etc).

Combat can also get a bit frustrating at times, enemies can hit hard and bad luck might mean you might get a character near KO quite quickly if you're not careful. KOs will influence party Morale and this is a game mechanic I wasn't completely happy with, while I'm fine with it having an effect in combat I was annoyed at finding out it can also prevent characters from lockpicking/ hacking if it gets too low. You can restore morale using a certain medical consumable but it honestly feels like a gimmick that gets in the way of the fun and made me just reload a save if a fight made it drop too low.

For the most part City of Chains was a smooth ride though and felt like a competent game with a good mix of combat and exploration: it's not overly long and its brand of dystopian sci-fi isn't horribly original but it works well and it's fun to play.
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 24

- Good story. It feels a bit nostalgic, reminded me of '80-'90 movies.
- OST.
- Choices matter. There are different endings depending on your decisions.
- Everything is well proportioned. No chibis. I'm a bit tired of rpg maker's kind of games where all character's body are 3/4 head.
- Full controller support.


- Outdated graphics, just like old good games on SNES. It didn't bother me at all but some people do.
- It doesn't support HD screen, game is windowed.
- Clunky control, as all games of this style are.
- You can't see how much ammo you have left during battles.
- Steam Overlay doesn't work.

If the cons aren't a big deal for you i highly recommend this game.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Having currently completed about roughly 3/4ths of the game so far, I'd have to say the narrative feels a bit lacking. It's very much like Deus Ex in the setting, but I don't feel the story or characters are much more than average. However what sets this game apart from others is the fact that it takes chances in other areas, notably gameplay.

Not many RPG's don't give you the standard levelups. What I mean by standard is that killing enemies grants you experience and at certain experience amounts you gain levels which increase your base stats and unlock skills and attacks. No, rather this game takes a cue from the original Deus Ex in that you gain skill points for completing objectives (or tasks as the game calls them). You use the skill points to buy skills for a character. The character has a certain set of skills to choose from, and you get to choose which one you would like unlocked. Certain skills also unlock the ability to gain other skills. Not many RPG's use this type of system, which is a shame as it offers greater depth and customization.

There are also multiple paths that can be taken through levels as well as choices to be made throughout the game. I can't say for sure how the choices affect the ending, but it seems like you may get the three base endings no matter what. Perhaps though small things change in each one depending on other choices, that will be interesting.

There's a lot of good about this game. I wish the story could be a bit better, but it's a solid effort to put forth something new and different.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
There are over 1000+ RPG maker games on steam. Some good ones.. mostly bad ones... but none I played so far can even remotely compare to city of chains.

Most RPG maker game background are set to medievl time with magic and blade however city of chains set in a future world in a city controled strickly by the goverment with it's peoples supressed hashly and cities don't have much freedom at all.

General game background is dark and deep while the story progression is quite light and relaxing and every story choices makes a bit difference. If you spare all the lifes you get to be with the nurse researcher goal or if you decide to leave a lot of body with bulletholes you get the gangester gothic girl instead. The choice is yours.

There are surprising amount of good musics in the game on different stages and different situations. Heavy metal steam punk music but it's not too rough to your ears.

Graphics are like an rpg maker version of Deus Ex simpler in graphics but still give you a dark and deep feeling of the city.

The difficulty if this game is not that hard even on highest difficulty. Your character don't really gain levels but each win will earn you some cash and item. You can just walk around for a while and your characters will heal automaticly. (avoid the first aid on the wall .. if u use it .. you will miss an achievment like i did). Do as much side quest as you can find and complete them you get skill points from mission and side mission. Skill points and equipments are the only 2 ways for you to improve your character.

The achievements of this game are quite simple to get most are found side quests. A few hidden ones depend on your story progression choices. (there is a hidden quest that you need to be mean to hostiage girl to get). 3 ways to end the game and 6 different total variations. This will make you have to complete the whole game at least 2-3 times to get them all.

8.5/10 ....Overall i really enjoyed this RPG maker game and you should be too if you try it.
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35 of 53 people (66%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2015
I was supplied with this key by the developer, this however did not affect the review.

In City of Chains (taking place in a dystopian cyberpunk setting) you take on the role of Holt, a former engineer who has been arrested for refusing to cooperate with the government on a secret military project. After breaking out of prison with a few fellow prisoners, Holt must evade the police while getting to the bottom of a big conspiracy.

Gameplay consists of completing tasks (quests) such as rescuing other prisoners or disabling defenses to gain skill points and advance the story. Skillpoints can be spent on passive combat bonuses or on other skills such as hacking, lockpicking, or speech (charisma). Interestingly, a lot of fights can be directly avoided using skills you have learned, such as using the hacking skill to disable robot sentries or using speech skills to talk your way through hostile situations.


Multiple solutions to hostile enemies, sneak past them or use craftable grenades instead of fighting head on
Variety of equipment and skillpoints to customize your squad
Clean, smooth animations, and fitting soundtrack
Choices your forced to make that may or may not influence the ending of the game
Ammo/other supplies are limited forcing you to explore more to find them
Interesting crafting system for grenades/medicine

Lack of a map
No health bars for enemies
Secondary characters don't have much backstory

This is a unique RPG Maker game that contains elements from games such as Deus Ex or the Shadowrun games. If you like tactical games set in a dark and dystopian setting this is the game for you!

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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
This was a very good rpg maker game. Im really hesitate about some of these games, but this one blew me away. It def nails the dark sci-fi theme. A lot of the skills you can avoid attacking ppl but i enjoyed that you could pick to sneak around the enemies or attack them dead on

Variety of equipment and skillpoints to customize teammates
Clean, smooth animations
Choices your forced to make that may or may not influence the ending of the game
crafting system

No health bars for enemies
Secondary characters have no backstory
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Recently Posted
38.8 hrs
Posted: September 21
Product received for free
Good Game
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4.5 hrs
Posted: September 20
Very entertaining old school type.
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9.2 hrs
Posted: August 19
Great game, fun and good story.

+ Story
+ Leveling
+ Choice making
+ Duration

- Crafting: You have to craft items one by one
- Morale: Didn't notice that affect too much in battles (I played in Hardy, maybe in Dystopia has better impact).
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Soul Lemon
7.2 hrs
Posted: August 12
If you enjoy the ideas from the sci-fi genre, or knit&gritty themes, this game has the perfect atmosphere for both. The story, unlike many other Maker games that I've played through the years is nicely done and thoroughly thought out. Mathew, the creator of this game, put quite the amount of effort into tailoring all of his labours together. This game isn't perfect, don't misunderstand- There are grammar issues. And once you understand combat and how status ailments work, you can form strategies knowing what you need to focus on as far as, combat goes. I spent seven hours playing this game until completion. I didn't get tired of playing it, I actually spent most of my day off playing it in just my one sitting.

This game has three modes of difficulty: Casual, Hardy, and Dystopia. I've yet to attempt the last two. But now that I've got the combat down from Casual, I'm eager to hop back into the game all over again.

There's no grinding for experience: You get points as you complete portions of the game, and spend them on abilities you desire. For combat and story purposes. Not every fight has to actually be fought. There are multiple ways to solve various problems you will encounter.

All-in-all, this game, from my seven hours of play, was fun. I enjoyed it greatly. I'm looking forward to the next game from this developer. They've made some fun games over the years - Such as "Atonement, Scourge of Time", or any of the games from the "Incitement" series they have (first two are free, btw - they just are not here on Steam!).
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10.5 hrs
Posted: August 3
The A.I. Will rule the world/ 10
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3.9 hrs
Posted: August 3
I would probably finnish this game in days if i could pass that big ♥♥♥ red ♥♥♥♥ing robot

But, this game is actually a pretty good rpg. I had fun. I just cannot return after 5 trys at that episode.
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6.3 hrs
Posted: July 31
Just wow. 5 star story content, compelling choices, interesting RPG mechanics. If you are looking for an interesting RPG to spend 10 bucks on, look no further.
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