Greek mythology is filled with powerful gods and valiant efforts. That idea is a good backdrop for a turn based strategy dungeon crawler. Enyo is a new game from the makers of Card Crawl, that lets you play as the title character, who is the Greek goddess of war. The entire game board is presented on screen, and your goal is to dispatch each enemy with just a shield and hook at your disposal. There are lava pits and spiked wall as well, and your ultimate goal is to either use the shield bash or hook to dispatch enemies into the lava or spikes.
The roguelike elements of Enyo are on full display with the procedurally generated dungeons to face as you conquer each one in your descent. There’s a lot of strategy involved as you move across the tiled game board to get in the proper position to align an attack, as well as avoid enemy attacks. Each enemy has their own attack style that you need to be cognizant of as you move around the board. Your character has four abilities at their disposal with the shield bash, grappling hook, shield toss, and stun jump. Enemies can ram into you, fire arrows at you, hook you, and more, so you always want to be aware which enemies can reach you as you move. It’s a bit like Chess in that regard.
Enyo features three different game modes with normal difficulty, expert difficulty, and daily challenge. The game is free to download with ad support, but you can remove ads and unlock a daily challenge mode for a one-time $1.99 in-app purchase. The game definitely delivers value for the IAP price with a great deal of strategy to get accustomed to, and experiment with. Each new board allows you to see how the enemies react in the turn based set-up. The expert mode also presents over ten enemies on screen to make every move that much more important. All of the action is presented with a design aesthetic that nails the classic Greek art style. The best part is that each time you lose, it feels like you can do better with subtle adjustments. One problem is that it’s a bit tedious to activate or switch the current power for every single move.
Enyo (Free, Universal) is a compelling strategy game that is well worth picking up.