We reported last month that Chroma Squad would be coming “soon” to Nintendo Switch, and now launch day has come. Chroma Squad is officially available on the Switch eShop for $14.99 / 14,99€. As we explained before, this is a simulation / strategy RPG hybrid, where you create your own team of tokusatsu heroes like the Power Rangers.
The catch is that these are characters in a TV show you are creating. So there is both the narrative of your fictional TV show and also the overarching meta narrative of managing your TV show, growing your studio, and creating a dedicated audience of viewers.
On the strategy RPG end, your heroes fight on an isometric grid and level up to gain new abilities. The combat is pretty fair overall, offering some decent challenge. It’s also just really pretty to behold, and the music is terrific. Oh, and sometimes, you command a giant robot to engage in some rock-paper-scissors-ish combat.
All in all, Chroma Squad is an excellent concept that lends itself to sequels. I just really hope that they get better writers to make the narrative more engaging if a sequel ever does materialize, because the writing in this game is not something I enjoyed at all.
If you love strategy RPGs or Power Rangers, you should really think about giving this game a chance, if you can stomach subpar writing. Let us know what you think in the comments!