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Power Chord offers colorful deck construction with a rock edge

ByLinda W. Smith

Apr 26, 2022

At PAX East, one of the games I was extremely excited to check out was Power Chord. A deck-building roguelite with an added rock guitar theme? Yes please! After playing a demo of the game, I was pleased to find that it was everything I wanted and more.

Upon starting the game, you can select four party members for your team, each sporting their own unique playstyle. Each character’s cards are also color-coded, making it easy to plan attacks based on the cards you have in hand.

In Power Chord, you’ll select four characters and use them to take down increasingly difficult enemies.

Not only can you strategize your team’s approach based on how each character plays individually, but you can also achieve fantastic synergy between party members based on how you use them. I discovered this by combining the likes of Stitch, which is designed around healing and support, and Grimnir Brawlfist whose rage grows when hit (naturally) allowing him to stack and deal extra damage .

With Stitch, you can do things like increase a party member’s energy charges, allowing you to use more of their cards while your turn is active. In my case, I used it on Grimnir to absolutely destroy enemies with high damage attacks.

Power Chord uses color-coded cards for each character, making it easy to plan attack and defense strategies.

Stitch is also great for other things outside of supporting characters, which I loved. There was an instance where I drew a card for Stitch that allowed me to draw additional cards for each party member hit. The end result was absolutely hilarious, with the screen filling up with cards.

The Power Chord team who were there to observe my chaotic approach to the game even commented if they had ever seen so many cards on screen at once before. Aside from the fun factor, from a strategy perspective, having all of these maps on hand was a godsend as it gave me more leeway as to how I was going to take out each enemy.

Defeating enemies isn’t as easy as launching attacks at them while keeping your team alive. Some enemies have armor that you will need to reduce before you can start draining their health. Additionally, not only do enemies attack you, but some also inflict brutal debuffs that can do things like weaken your attacks.

Power Chord sounds like a headbanging mix of Slay The Spire and Brutal Legend.

Outside of the strong elements of strategy in Power Chord, the pacing of the gameplay is fantastic, with each battle finding that sweet spot to not be too long, but not too short either. The end result is a game I wanted to keep playing. Of course, I wasn’t going to monopolize the place and deny someone else the chance to learn about this phenomenal game.

In fact, it’s a game that I’ve told many co-workers and enjoyed so much that it’s actually one of my favorites as far as games I’ve played at PAX . If you like games like Slay The Spire, deck building games in general, or if you’re just looking to try something new, accessible and addictive, Power Chord is a must.

If you want to check out the game, a free demo is available now on Steam. Currently, the game does not have a set release date, but it is recommended that you add Power Chord to your wishlist and follow the in-game instructions. social media channels like Twitter for updates on its future version.

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Morgan is a writer from the frozen wastelands of Maine who enjoys metal music, kpop, horror and indie games. He’s also a Tetris fanatic who is fiercely competitive in games like Tetris 99…and all games in general. But especially Tetris. You can follow Morgan on Twitter @Author_MShaver.



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