GamingReview: Mosaic Chronicles

Review: Mosaic Chronicles

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Do you love relaxing puzzle games with beautiful illustrations? Then look no further, because Mosaic Chronicles was made just for you!

Mosaic Chronicles is a story-driven puzzle game inspired by Olga Gromyko’s fantasy stories. Released in August 2021, the early access version of the game is available for players to play 14 out of the 51 puzzles. 

Gameplay:

Each level features a lovely illustrated image that players must complete by dragging puzzle pieces onto the board. As the title suggests, the puzzle pieces are broken stained glass, and they snap into place when you find the correct spot. Since they aren’t your typical jigsaw shapes, it makes it more challenging to complete each puzzle. But if you ever feel stuck, you can use the hint button; it has a cool-down feature, so try not to rely on it too much.

At any time, you can change the difficulty level from the main menu. There’s an easy mode if you just want to sit back and relax, a normal mode, and a hard mode if you want a challenge. Depending on the difficulty level, each puzzle can last anywhere between 20-60 minutes.

Whenever I’m working on puzzles, I like to have an area to organize the pieces without cluttering the frame. The glass pieces can be rearranged in the bar, but unfortunately, you can only see about nine glass shards at a time. It would be great if there was a pull-out menu or something where you could organize the pieces better.

Mosaic Chronicles features two main stories: A Bit of Horoscoping and The lucky knot. Even though it’s a story-based game, I didn’t care much for the story. It’s not that it’s written poorly, but by the time I started another puzzle after a day or two, I had already forgotten the story. It would have been nice if the story was interactive, such as having parts of the story unlocked within the puzzle the more you complete it. I think it would make the story aspect more engaging and memorable.

Pros:

  • Stunning illustrations
  • Relaxing
  • Nice soundtrack

Cons:

  • Mundane gameplay
  • Needs a better interface
  • Wish stories were interactive

I loved relaxing to the music while putting together each puzzle. The soundtrack was charming and went perfectly with the art. However, with the number of puzzle games out there, I wish there was something unique about the gameplay to make it stand out from the rest.

Conclusion:

While I’m not a puzzle connoisseur, I do enjoy casual puzzle games. It didn’t make it to the top of my list, but I’d still recommend it. Since Mosaic Chronicles is still an early access game, I have high hopes that it will be much more polished by the time it’s officially released. If you like relaxing games or just puzzles in general, I think Mosaic Chronicles is definitely worth checking out.

Entertainment: 5/10

Replay value: 7/10

Graphics: 8/10

Sound: 7/10

Kid Friendly: Yes

Platform:Steam
Developer:Error 300
Publisher:Error 300
Released:Aug 26, 2021 (Early access)
MSRP:$6.99
ESRB:NR

SUMMARY

+ Stunning illustrations
+ Relaxing
+ Nice soundtrack
- Mundane gameplay
- Needs a better interface
- Wish stories were interactive

(Reviewed on Steam)
Krissy
Hi, I’m Krissy! I’m just your average nerd living & gaining XP in Tokyo, Japan. Former QA and game production intern at Cartoon Network. When I’m not trying to save the world, you can find me whipping up some cute illustrations on my tablet!

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