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Flagship title from Iridium Studios, Sequence is a RPG-Rhythm game hybrid that pits players in a struggle for survival against hordes of monsters, all the while to the beat of a catchy and often rock worthy soundtrack.You are Ky, drugged and left to die on the main floor of a large tower with no means of escape except to follow the guidance of a helpfulvoice onthe intercom (whose help has yet to be determined, since she could very well be alongside those responsible). You are jumped by a monster and without any knowledge on how to fight, saved by your new friend Naia when she uses one of her three 'saving grace' spells which pulls Ky out of the battle. After a brief introduction on how to fight, Naia sends you on a quest for the top of the tower with the only other option to wait and die.Sequence offers players a unique take on the two genres by wrapping the main elements of an RPG in a sea of falling arrows. During a battle, the player takes control of three different beat fields representing spells, mana and enemy damage which they are free to swap between at will:
Defeating an enemy requires you to cast a variety of spells, all of which cost mana taken from your reserve. When a spell is cast, a pattern of arrows falls into the spell field. Successfully hitting, or 'clearing' the arrows will cast the spell in question. Different spells may be learned outside of combat and swapped into quick access slots in battles. Some will do damage to enemies, leech hp and return it to you, boost the power of the next spell cast or shield you from incoming damage. Depending on the effectiveness of the spell, the sequence of arrows that fall will become longer and more complex whereas simple spells may only require a few arrows. Fail the sequence and the spell's effect will be lost as well as the mana required to cast it.
Since casting spells costs mana, the primary way to regain it is to move into the mana field. Here, arrows are constantly dropping and each successful beat will net you mana points. Failing to hit an arrow is not punished.
You're facing off against any manner of abomination so self-defense is certainly encouraged. In this field, falling arrows represent your enemy's attacks. Every arrow which makes it by will damage your overall HP but may be repelled. The severity of the attack is represented by the colour of the arrow, gray dealing the least and red dealing the most.
Within each beat field, the gameplay is a four-arrow rhythm game, most popularly seen in Dance Dance Revolution. Switching between beat fields rapidly is a must; the defense field to keep yourself alive, the mana field to build up your magic, and the spell field to use that magic to defeat the enemy before time runs out. Defeat enemies, use their drops to improve your equipment, and repeat until you're powerful enough to take on the floor's boss.
This game provides examples of:
Absurdly High Level Cap - The game can be comfortably 100% completed at around the mid twenty level range. The actual technical level cap is thirty four, this takes ten billion experience points to reach.
Awesome but Impractical - The final offensive spell you acquire from beating the final boss, Luminary Storm, is the most powerful, most expensive to cast, and has the longest cooldown time of any direct damage spell in the game. Unfortunately, on Hard/Spasmodic difficulty the casting pattern is very complicated, has no breaks, and takes a full 5 seconds from start to finish.
Boring but Practical - Arclight is the very first offensive spell you learn with low damage but a low mana cost, a short cool down time and simple arrow pattern. Above the third floor, the time limit for each battle becomes much more dangerous as the hp of your foes grows faster than the damage output of your new spells, and so Arclight becomes very useful as a backup spell that can be fired off between more damaging spells with little consequence. There is an achievement in the game for beating an enemy on the 7th Floor with ONLY Arclight.
Though she tones it down dramatically to the point where it's hard to tell if she's dropped the act, when it comes to talking to Naia, and after Ky defeats her - she explains to him that he's now her superior, hence her changed attitude towards him.
Hopeless Boss Fight - Aaron, the guardian of the Floor the Seventh, appears when you first get to Floor the Fourth. He has over 200 HP, and sends a constant stream of red gems in the defense field. Luckily, Naia uses her second Saving Grace to stop the fight.
Interface Screw - Guardian Effects. Ranging from rendering you unable to switch fields to swapping the position of your left/right and up/down arrows, these limited-time effects are either mildly annoying or your worst nightmare.
Knight Templar: Mir, and by extension, everyone involved in the Tower organization. Their supposed intent is to make people of the finest intellectual and genetics fall in love so they can continue their lineages and produce offspring of the highest caliber. However, they are quite frankly rather benign as far as this trope goes - Mir explains that the intent is not any kind of genocide, but to improve the human race genetically simply through superior breeding, and Naia points out to Ky that their methods ultimately don't hurt anyone. And, to boot, their true plans apparently involve Ky and Naia saving the world, but from what, is not explained.
Lampshade Hanging: Several typical RPG tropes have this done to them throughout the course of the dialogue.
Lotus-Eater Machine: Ky and Naia are actually prisoners in a computer simulation designed to pair up intellectually superior humans to further the human race. In fact, the cultivation of Ky and Naia's relationship is even more important than that, according to the secret ending - apparently, they're meant to save the world. From what, however, is left unstated.
And Aaron is... Well, he's actually pretty normal compared to the others, really, being the leader, though he does show some Blood Knight tendencies, where he attacks Ky long before the latter is supposed to fight him, partly due to orders from higher up, and because he's curious about Ky's abilities.
Randomly Drops - The source of your synthesis materials and likely the most prevalent enemy in the game. Equipment exists to boost the odds in your favor, though it physically cripples you in exchange. Barring the Imaginary Number Pod of course. Being able to desynth the excess materials found in your wanton farming for extra EXP takes away some of the sting.
Though it's unclear if we'll ever actually get a sequel. When asked, Jason (the lead dev) said simply "What's a sequel?" Though he was probably just being sarcastic.
Definitely sarcastic. Someone also asked about a sequel on the Steam forums, and Jason's response was shifty-eye emotes. The writing on the wall is pretty clear, a sequel is probably (if not definitely) in the works.
Shout-Out - Item descriptions, once again often contain these.
Write Who You Know - Ky is a college student from the University of Florida who is majoring in electrical and computer engineering...just like what his voice actor (and the co-founder of Iridium Studios), Jason Wishnov, was before graduating.