Join Sylvester "Sly" Boots and Stiletto Anyway as they trek across six bizarre planets investigating a galaxy-crushing mystery, searching for artifacts from an extinct alien race and unlocking the secrets of a powerful, advanced technology.Read full description
"Anachronox is an epic role-playing game inspired by classic console game like Chrono Trigger and the Final Fantasy series, but rendered entirely in real-time 3D on your PC, right down to the carefully choreographed cutscenes." - Eurogamer.com
"This sci-fi adventure is one of the first RPGs from an American developer that successfully follows the style set by traditional console RPGs, even if it is on the PC." - IGN.com
Join Sylvester "Sly" Boots and Stiletto Anyway as they trek across six bizarre planets investigating a galaxy-crushing mystery, searching for artifacts from an extinct alien race and unlocking the secrets of a powerful, advanced technology. It's your turn. PICK YOUR POISON.
Craft your team from a cast of seven characters. Unravel evil galactic schemes, solve devious puzzles and fight wicked monsters.
Immerse yourself in amazing turn-based real-time battles. Assemble alien weapons and master challenging mini-games.
All this, plus mind-blowing cinematics and a heavy dose of gut-busting humour.
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Anachronox is a great RPG. great story, loveable characters, good humor. it is odd because while being a western RPG with many elements belong to western RPGs, the games combat is incredibly JRPG like. Graphically outdated, and there are a few annoyances such as unskipable elevator sequences but overall a great fun game, I was really enjoyed the game for its writing and humor.
The Quake 2 engine makes this game hard to look at because of the clunky models and blurry textures but underneath that rough surface lies a cold cyberpunk heart. A new and interesting world is shown in this RPG that will capture you with its characters and imagination. If you are willing to stand the old graphics, that is. It is a bit hard when you are accustomed to new games like The Witcher 2 and so on, and having so many new games and a great backlog might make it hard to get to this one. But once you get the time, give this a chance. You just might learn why they call this game a "gem".
What comes to my mind is that this game has no competition in its kind. Western cRPG with jRPG-style combat. Anachronox is an unique experience. Many fine characters, lots of humor(because, seriously, why every cRPG has to be so heroic...). Oh yes, you will laugh a lot with this game. And it provides both - purely nonsensical situations, as well as intelligent allusions and references. What's more - it does not prevent you from immersing yourself in the world, the stories and struggles of the heroes. If you're looking for something different you won't regret getting this game.
Anachronox is a peculiar game. Fundamentally, it plays like a JRPG, but was developed by a Western company. The setting is rich, rife with one-of-a-kind characters and situations, a fairly off-the-wall sense of humor and a willingness to play with the conventions of the genre. Really, the story is by far the strongest part of the game, and exceptional in its own right. It is at times self-aware, irreverent, maudlin and mature. Many of the quests are particularly memorable, and rarely fall into cliche. The amount of enjoyment a player can get from the game depends on their tolerance for older games. Graphically, the game is incredibly imaginative, but a bit hamstrung by the technology of its time. Combat plays out like any other JRPG of its era. There are a few interesting ideas there, but the game doesn't really take any risks that way. Nothing quite like Anachronox has come out since its release. Its distinct personality, remarkable story and inspired imagery converge to create an experience that will have a lasting impression on anyone willing to put up with some foibles and give it a shot.
How good it is to see these older gems available here! Anachronox is one of the great RPG games which somehow didn't become as popular as they should have. It has everything a great RPG should have - interesting world, well written characters and a wide selection of quests to keep you busy. Even visuals and sounds are not bad, so they surely were even better at the time of the game's release. I think it uses some kind of Quake 2 engine or variation thereof, so you know what to expect. And the gameplay is much longer than many games offer now (well, except for sandbox games), and it can easily take more than 20 hours to complete the game. But if you immerse yourself in the world of Anachronox, you will surely need much more time and it will be time well spent!
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