Here at Dealspwn we're all about getting the best games for the least amount of financial effort, and we often tend to forget that some of the most addictive offerings out there are completely free. With that in mind, welcome to Click To Play, a weekly feature where we'll be hunting down the best browser-based games each week so you don't have to. Check in with us every Monday to spice up your coffee breaks for the week!
This week: Mardek RPG - Chapter 3
Some of us have been waiting a long time for this...and, if you're an old school RPG fan, you're in for an absolute treat. Three years back a little developer under the name of Pseudolonewolf created an episodic browser-based RPG that harked back to simpler times, to a time when pixels were pleasantly blocky, conversations between characters appeared in static text windows and combat was the very epitome of good manners...you waited your damn turn. Mardek's first couple of chapters stood as a web classics in the same vein as early Final Fantasy games and, extraordinarily for a browser-based game, theyclocked in at around 8-10 hours.
3 years on...we finally get to take a peek at the third chapter, and boy has it been worth waiting for.
The controls are basic - you don't really need a complex interface for this sort of thing - move around with the arrows, select things with 'X' and cancel with 'Z'. Your menu is mapped to the 'Enter' key. As previously mentioned, combat is turn-based, punch in a command - melee attacks, magical spells, the usual - and select your target. In addition to this there are a whole bunch of battle reactions to learn and master, so grinding fans will find a lot to persevere for.
To be honest, I could regale you with the narrative tweaks and detailed breakdowns of the various gameplay mechanics, but to be honest the best way to do all that is just to play the thing. As the game itself warns, you may want to go back and play the first two chapters to get a feel for the characters and the game world and the story before you launch into the third chapter - and it's something I highly recommend you do - but if you're a fan of this sort of thing I really don't need to tell you that. Bottom line? This marks the third entry in an utterly fantastic RPG series that will give retro fans a heartwarming dose of nostalgia.
It's totally free. What the hell are you waiting for?!