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Konami plays mobile hand with puzzle-battle game Chain of Souls

S. Prell, @SamPrell

Konami has dived head-first into the mobile gaming waters with Chain of Souls, an iOS game that blends elements of the puzzle and card battle genres. Using the touchscreen, players must link together three or more runes of the same color to form a chain and attack their opponent; the more runes you link, the more damaging the attack.

Simple, right? That's where Chain of Souls' cards come into play.

Should you manage to form three or more chains, you can play a card. These cards have a variety of effects, such as reducing the damage you take or increasing the damage you deal. Your cards can also have relationships with other cards in your deck, which can boost their power even further.

The game is free to play, and available now via iTunes.
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KONAMI unveils chain-based iOS puzzler

Today sees the release of a new iOS-based puzzle title, called Chain of Souls from Konami Digital Entertainment B.V.

Chain of Souls is a clever and addictive puzzle game wherein users must link three or more same-coloured runes against a number of CPU-controlled opponents. These opponents take the form of humans, Gods or Demons, and must be defeated by completely emptying their HP bars. The larger the chain of linked runes, the more damage the player can inflict on their opponent, and Chain of Souls also incorporates a unique card-based element, as players unleash attacks of three or more chains to activate one of many 'skill' cards the game offers. These are activated when summoning allies within the game and when runes matching the colour of a Skill card are cleared.

Each card offers unique attributes and skills, dependent on its element. These include powerful attacks, the ability to weaken opponents, and element-specific moves. Each card can be upgraded several times to make it stronger. Thus, the player is charged with stringing together stunning offensive moves as same-coloured runes are linked, with each attack reducing the Hit Points of their opponent. The type of attack the player inflicts depends on the colour of runes linked, and enhanced by a well-played card supplement.

The game's Skill cards are themed around elemental powers and linked to their same-coloured runes. However, their use varies, with some less potent against opposite elements – water and fire, for instance. The cards are also linked to factions and stars, which determine the power of the card and its rarity within the game. The higher the number of stars on the card, the rarer – and more powerful – it is. Players begin with 5 cards, before entering battle. Players are limited by an Equip Cost structure, however, and must ensure their deck falls within these parameters.

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