Anantarupa Studios, a game and IT developer company established on 2011 in Jakarta is one of the relatively new game developers in Indonesia. One of the most defining and unique characteristic from this company is that they often include Indonesia’s culture and history in every game they develop. At the beginning of November, Anantarupa Studios released a web-based game heavily influenced by Indonesian history at Kongregate titled Majapahit Online Kshatriya Varna.
True to its name, in this game you will play while learn about the history of Majapahit during its glory days. At the beginning of the game, you should choose one of several characters available, where each character has their unique action card. During the battle, you will be ‘accompanied’ by a god that will give you extra buff. For example, at the beginning you will be ‘accompanied’ by Rudra that can increase a unit’s damage and have a passive skill to increase attack for the overall unit.
This game is a turn-based battle that might remind you of RPG strategy games such as Final Fantasy Tactics. At each turn, you will randomly get four action cards. To do an action, you will need a Crystal. Your turn will be ended when you run out of Crystal. Once your turn ended, each troop will automatically attack based on their attack pattern. For example, a basic level Beastmaster only have one-box attack radius while a basic level Slinger only have two-box attack radius. This is why it is important to ensure that your troop is facing the enemy before your turn ended. You can change the troop’s position by clicking each unit.
As previously mentioned, to do an action you need a crystal. When your turn ended, you can convert unused action cards during your turn to crystal that can be used for the next turn. Here, the cards should be used using strategy whether to keep them to use it in the next turn or take the chance by converting it to crystal and hope you can get the same action card in the next turn.
Each unit has three levels where to level up you can use Soul. Each soldier fallen in the battle will turn into soul that can be used to increase other unit’s level. The higher the level, the damage caused will be more severe and the attack radius will be bigger. In each battle, you can only allowed to bring five unit and you can set the formation through Khsatriya menu in the main menu.
Interestingly, other than battle with AI both in Training and Story mode, you can also engaged in battle with other players online. There’s also Store that can be used to buy new units by using coins obtained from playing the game or by using Ananta Coin that can be bought by Kreds. The storytelling in Story menu using Visual Novel graphic made the game more interesting and help us learn about Majapahit history.
Interested in playing this game? The game previously shown at Duniaku INAICTA Showoff can be directly played through Kongregate portal here.