Thursday, 10 May 2018 10:52

REVIEW: Prismata (Early Access)

Written by Kevin Lal
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Prismata is a game in the making from five developers (Lunarch Studios) who started the project back in 2010. They showed their passion and commitment by quitting their PHD’s in order to focus on development of this game. A Kickstarter was launched in 2014 for $140, 000 and it hit 100% in funding. It has had a lot of publicity online and favoured comments, it has gained a large following over its project timeline.

The game is a turn-based card game, with similarities to others in its genre but re-invents it with an RTS feel. People are comparing it to Hearthstone with a Starcraft element. You are Swade, a young and arrogant employee of Centauri Artificial Robotic Systems. You are accompanied by Logan and an AI Robotic called Giselle. With their attempts at one liners, the humour falls a little short for me in the comedy factor at times. But I can see and respect what they are trying to do and achieve.

The campaign consists of five episodes revolving around the AI Robotics becoming violent and turning against the humans. It is a typical story of AI gone bad but I like that it's beautifully animated, and with it being text based you feel like you are reading a book. Creating your own images and imaginations of the situations. What is more powerful than the imagination of our own minds, we are able to create what we feel is right for the situations.

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The gameplay mechanics are in three phases. Defend, Activate/Buy and Attack. You use your collected resources such as Gold, Behemium and Energy to activate your attacks and purchase over 100 units. Correct me if I am wrong in this fact, but it has an element I do not feel I have seen in the genre. You can only use the attack amount that finishes the unit rather than take a part of their health down. It also brings a swipe ability, so you can click and drag along units making selection quicker and easier.

Definitely a recommendation for other card game enthusiasts, and with it being in Early Access it has a lot of movement for improvements and changes which are coming according to Lunarch Studios. It is definitely a game to watch.

It is a very enjoyable card game with new mechanics and takes on the genre. With great graphics that are soon to be getting a revamp according to the developers and I feel it will hold its own, with a good soundtrack and effects in keeping with the game itself. It does start to become immersive, I feel this is due to the text-based campaign itself. As I have said, with it being Early Access it can continue to grow and change accordingly with the needs of the fans.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 3.5 / 5.0
  • Release Date: 8th March 2018 (Early Access)
  • Platform: PC, Mac
  • Developer: Lunarch Studios
  • Publisher: Lunarch Studios
  • Genre: Strategy, Misc