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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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.


GENERAL FEATURES:
  • 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

    Minimum:
    • 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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Candynuts
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Really good game. Never played too much from the JRPG genre, but this was a more 'mature/adult' rendition of a JRPG so I was willing to try it out. Party mode combat with multiple combat options. The story was able to keep me into the game. Best of all, there were a lot of choices to be made that affected future situations (such as sparing/killing someone, etc) which made the anticipation mount of whether or not sparing someone will bite you in the butt later in the game.

Glad I tried it out.
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Marquise*
( 16.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Accomplished 48% Really surprising how for a game of this type seeing the end. I am so below my usual acomplishment.

I do admit as classical as this game is, mature quality of the visuals or not, this game surprised me from its developers other achievements. I am used to collect all in similiar post-apocalyptic, dystopian and cyberpunk games.

This game is best suited when all of your head can be concentrated in a story and its mechanic. I suggest the easiest setting and to not waste amos, to wait before selling any armors and weapons, to save before entering any end map/screen. Because this story seems linear, but it isn't totally and it gets your characters back in the face the consequences of their actions later in game. It does not offer up that much loot and astronomical grinding for XPs. You have to go tactical and strategical. You have to read what is said and skip nothing. You have to anticipate for the worst. And certain parts even if no adult content is on, are truely mature and disturbing. So much I was tempted to look if it was 14+ !

There are a lot of moral issues in there. Things I could expect with the developper's humor that too WAY another direction. (At some part,I was chatting with him as I played and got my speculations and theories before seeing the results and probably made him chuckle while I was taken in the situation but away in another direction!)

I might be partial here because one of the secondary character reminds me of a sibling, but in its niche, it's worth trying. And, yes it is way darker than usual Astronomic Games, but it still have its signature humor and character types. It gives a lot to think about our current society too.

Is that game perfect? No! But apart the minor bit I outlined the creator of the game and that does absolutely NOT hinder the game itself, there is nothing so far as I finished an end of the game that really is worth frowning upon. (Apart the power of storytelling, when it is required to remind the players how extreme corruption looks like... And that goes with the style so nothing to tell against it.)

I would recommend this one!
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Ratea xDark
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
Card Simulator

  1. Buy it in Sale
  2. Run in Background
  3. Take the Cards
  4. Sell the Cards
  5. win win Situation
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Karithay
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
City of Chains is a remarkably solid solid game. Where it is short, it maintains a tight story with just enough freedom and side quests to keep you hunting without it seeming like the tedious slog of many AAA games.

The mechanics of character development are equally solid. You don't gain XP from fighting battles but by completing tasks. As you complete tasks you get points that you can use to choose new abilities, including enablers for crafting, talking, picking locks, etc. All of this combines to encourage you to explore alternate skills to give you options for getting past obstacles. Many tasks can be defeated by throwing grenades outside of combat, hacking, talking, and the like. This rewards you for choosing to play the game how you want, which is an excellent design decision.
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Petermurzin
( 13.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
Ok, this is the best rpg maker game I have ever played! Where else can you find stealth action, multiple choice, possibility to kill from the distance or from behind. Finally, no more enemies that appears from nowhere, no more fantasy world whith mags and other stuff... the atmosphere is great, the drawings and light are realistic, no mistakes in text, I really coudnt find anything wrong with this beauty of a game.
There are also videos with gameplay, so if you dont know what to do you could see them, or ask at forums and you will certainly get an answer...The only thing I dont understand, is why so less people get the achievments, even the most easiest one..only 3%... Shame on you...That game shouldnt be bought only for cards, but to discover a new world a world that can be closer than you think...
And, by the way, I have chosen that robot should rull the city, because people have that chance and they didnt use it as they have to
Thank again to the developer and his talent, you have got a new fan of your work for sure)))
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hlydragon
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5
Like most people on here who rarely does a review,, This game is awesome and I only played less then a hour. I love the way the video shows the battles styles and doesn't hind anything with just pictures. I interested to see thus far to show this game is going to turn up even after another hour. I would recommened this to anyone!
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Nax_o
( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
A mighty fine and refreshing non-anime game and it's even done with the aging RPGmaker engine.

Good old fashioned Cyberpunk themed gameplay along with constantly available alternative ways to either hack, lockpick or some other creative way bamboozle your way forward along with the usual wreck everything -aproach which is also fine.

Story is good and intensive although not entirely unique so don't expect any total mind bending stuff to be happening.
Inventory management and crafting of items work fine and is most useful as cash is somethat tight and if you decide to fight a lot then your wallet will be drained by the expensive painkillers. But again... that is a choice. There are ways around obstacles for the keen eyed.

Very good game considering old engine/10.
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kijib
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2
"best rpg maker game" lol


it's crap
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Simon
( 15.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2
Really fun game with some nice little details like the lockpicking/charisma skills that you don't see that often in RPGMaker games...
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Krashak
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2
City of Chains - an interesting RPG with turn-based combat system.
The game is set in a cyberpunk city for power between the corrupt rulers and the local gang.
In the course of action games, we have to manage a team of four people, each of which has its own set of skills, which he will have to pump.

+ The game's plot is not linear.
+ Main endings three and each of them has an additional good and bad versions.
+ High-quality design levels and very good graphic design.
+ Great music.

10/10 recommend unequivocally.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Ok, this is the best rpg maker game I have ever played! Where else can you find stealth action, multiple choice, possibility to kill from the distance or from behind. Finally, no more enemies that appears from nowhere, no more fantasy world whith mags and other stuff... the atmosphere is great, the drawings and light are realistic, no mistakes in text, I really coudnt find anything wrong with this beauty of a game.
There are also videos with gameplay, so if you dont know what to do you could see them, or ask at forums and you will certainly get an answer...The only thing I dont understand, is why so less people get the achievments, even the most easiest one..only 3%... Shame on you...That game shouldnt be bought only for cards, but to discover a new world a world that can be closer than you think...
And, by the way, I have chosen that robot should rull the city, because people have that chance and they didnt use it as they have to
Thank again to the developer and his talent, you have got a new fan of your work for sure)))
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
PRG in sci-fi genre for the low cost. Game has an almost unique skill's system for PRG - you can totally avoid battles with high "Charisma"
Few pluses I noticed:
+ good animation
+ your choises will have value at the ending
+ a lot of equipment
+ crafting system

But I don't like what secondary characters have no backstory. It's one of the minuses I saw.
But for this money it's a good choise.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
A mighty fine and refreshing non-anime game and it's even done with the aging RPGmaker engine.

Good old fashioned Cyberpunk themed gameplay along with constantly available alternative ways to either hack, lockpick or some other creative way bamboozle your way forward along with the usual wreck everything -aproach which is also fine.

Story is good and intensive although not entirely unique so don't expect any total mind bending stuff to be happening.
Inventory management and crafting of items work fine and is most useful as cash is somethat tight and if you decide to fight a lot then your wallet will be drained by the expensive painkillers. But again... that is a choice. There are ways around obstacles for the keen eyed.

Very good game considering old engine/10.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
In this game you're no soldier or warrior, you're an engineer and a fugitive. Why? Because you refused to help your government. You were arrested, you escaped and now you're trying to survive.

City of Chains is an RPG-maker inspired by games like Final Fantasy. Each one person has his own set of skills and specialty.
What is interesting here is that you have some freedom in how you approach each situation. You can fight or avoid combat completely. You can even find alternate routes to your objectives.

However, as usual for RPG maker' games, City of Chains is short (About five hours) and that's a very bad
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
Accomplished 48% Really surprising how for a game of this type seeing the end. I am so below my usual acomplishment.

I do admit as classical as this game is, mature quality of the visuals or not, this game surprised me from its developers other achievements. I am used to collect all in similiar post-apocalyptic, dystopian and cyberpunk games.

This game is best suited when all of your head can be concentrated in a story and its mechanic. I suggest the easiest setting and to not waste amos, to wait before selling any armors and weapons, to save before entering any end map/screen. Because this story seems linear, but it isn't totally and it gets your characters back in the face the consequences of their actions later in game. It does not offer up that much loot and astronomical grinding for XPs. You have to go tactical and strategical. You have to read what is said and skip nothing. You have to anticipate for the worst. And certain parts even if no adult content is on, are truely mature and disturbing. So much I was tempted to look if it was 14+ !

There are a lot of moral issues in there. Things I could expect with the developper's humor that too WAY another direction. (At some part,I was chatting with him as I played and got my speculations and theories before seeing the results and probably made him chuckle while I was taken in the situation but away in another direction!)

I might be partial here because one of the secondary character reminds me of a sibling, but in its niche, it's worth trying. And, yes it is way darker than usual Astronomic Games, but it still have its signature humor and character types. It gives a lot to think about our current society too.

Is that game perfect? No! But apart the minor bit I outlined the creator of the game and that does absolutely NOT hinder the game itself, there is nothing so far as I finished an end of the game that really is worth frowning upon. (Apart the power of storytelling, when it is required to remind the players how extreme corruption looks like... And that goes with the style so nothing to tell against it.)

I would recommend this one!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
City of Chains is a remarkably solid solid game. Where it is short, it maintains a tight story with just enough freedom and side quests to keep you hunting without it seeming like the tedious slog of many AAA games.

The mechanics of character development are equally solid. You don't gain XP from fighting battles but by completing tasks. As you complete tasks you get points that you can use to choose new abilities, including enablers for crafting, talking, picking locks, etc. All of this combines to encourage you to explore alternate skills to give you options for getting past obstacles. Many tasks can be defeated by throwing grenades outside of combat, hacking, talking, and the like. This rewards you for choosing to play the game how you want, which is an excellent design decision.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Really good game. Never played too much from the JRPG genre, but this was a more 'mature/adult' rendition of a JRPG so I was willing to try it out. Party mode combat with multiple combat options. The story was able to keep me into the game. Best of all, there were a lot of choices to be made that affected future situations (such as sparing/killing someone, etc) which made the anticipation mount of whether or not sparing someone will bite you in the butt later in the game.

Glad I tried it out.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
City of Chains - an interesting RPG with turn-based combat system.
The game is set in a cyberpunk city for power between the corrupt rulers and the local gang.
In the course of action games, we have to manage a team of four people, each of which has its own set of skills, which he will have to pump.

+ The game's plot is not linear.
+ Main endings three and each of them has an additional good and bad versions.
+ High-quality design levels and very good graphic design.
+ Great music.

10/10 recommend unequivocally.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
110 of 135 people (81%) found this review helpful
89 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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21 of 21 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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.

PROS:

-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

CONS:

-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

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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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