CrossCode is a science-fiction RPG released exclusively for PC and PS4. The game is mainly focused on arcade combat and riddle solving. It was developed by Radical Fish Games and released by Deck13 Interactive. During the development cycle, the authors were inspired by old-school titles from both SNES and PlayStation consoles. CrossCode was financed through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo that managed to cover over 110% of required funds, and was made available as a part of Steam Early Access feature.
CrossCode takes us to a distant future, where humanity spends its free time by playing a futuristic MMO called CrossWorlds. The game’s huge, devoted audience comes from the fact that the game does not take place only in a virtual reality, but offers an augmented reality that places the players in real locations and enables other people to see their progress through virtual reality googles.
We assume the role of Lea – a former CrossWorlds player known for her characteristic avatar that presents her as a young, blue-haired girl. Her return to CrossWorlds has a therapeutic undertone, as the heroine suffers from frequent blackouts. The game’s administration claims that the return to CrossWorlds may help her regain her memories. However, it quickly turns out that some of the players recognize Lea, and will attempt to carry out their own, evil agenda…
CrossCode is a dynamic RPG full of arcade combat and logic puzzles. The arcade character of the game is further reinforced by a keyboard and mouse control system. The game is seen from a two-dimensional perspective, but the third dimension is also present – the player can increase the range of his weapon by climbing to an elevated location.
Our heroine is a Spheromancer. This means that her main weapons are energy spheres that can be fired in a short succession. Moreover, the spheres can be charged by holding the fire button, which increases their accuracy, damage dealt, as well as make them bounce off walls – this mechanic is especially useful when solving some of the puzzles. Interestingly enough, if the attack is performed when holding the crosshairs next to our hero, Lea won’t fire a sphere, and will perform a quick melee attack. Aside from projectiles, Lea can create a shield that absorbs some of the damage, or perform a dodge in any direction.
When it comes to other mechanics, our hero gathers experience and advances to new levels, which means new abilities that are bought from a special tree called Circuit. Aside from the above, we can equip items that influence our statistics or offer additional bonuses.