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Anonymous Notes Chapter 3 - From The Abyss Review

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Posted by Jon Wahlgren

Return of the Abyss

Things have been quiet on the Anonymous Notes front — after a year and a half the series returns for a hat trick with Anonymous Notes Chapter 3 - From The Abyss. Not much has changed in that time, really: save for a new protagonist, Chapter 3 is still the same mechanically sound and somewhat aimless dungeon crawler as Chapter 2 was before it, and Chapter 1 before that.

The lack of change is hardly unsurprising — all of these are yanked from Sonic Powered Co.'s full retail release From the Abyss, so the similarities are to be expected. Anonymous Notes looks and sounds an awful lot like a forgotten gem of the 16-bit era — with a hokey story befitting the era — basically acting as an excuse to dive into lots of dungeons, slay critters both beastly and magical and bulk up with more loot.

New skills — as well as replenishing health and magic, for that matter — are earned through absorption: once an enemy is weak, throwing a tiny ball of light at them and mashing a button yanks a random potion or skill. The outcome is unpredictable and can be either helpful remedies or damaging poisons, but it's the only way to permanently acquire abilities.

Save files from either of the first two games can carry over into Chapter 3 to continue thwomping with the same equipment, and the new main character is pretty cocky but indistinguishable in-game from the others.

All the rest is as before. The sound and visuals are indistinguishable save the difference in playable character, and it still feels slightly aimless to blast through dungeons for loot's sake.

Conclusion

Identical gameplay and setup to its predecessors makes Anonymous Notes Chapter 3 a well-known quantity at this point, so whether it's worth diving into is dependent on how much you cared about the other two episodes. Nothing here will convert a nay-sayer, but if you want to get your dungeon crawling on the cheap then Chapter 3 is an adequate way to do so.

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User Comments (13)

Flowerlark

#1

Flowerlark said:

I really liked the first 2 chapters, so much so that I'm hunting down the retail version so I can get the same gameplay but actually level up and get items good enough to face the stronger enemies,

Undead_terror

#2

Undead_terror said:

Got the first 2 aswell, i got the game when it came out thursday out due t to play it.o certain events, i didn't have my 3ds for a few days but today i will get

Flowerlark

#4

Flowerlark said:

@Firebird360- Yes, the 'Anonymous Notes' series are DSiWare/ e-shop downloads, but they're based off a full retail DS game called 'From the Abyss' which sounds like fairer gameplay because unlike the downloads, you can level up your character and purchase items from a shop. IGN gave the retail title a 7.5, which is a pretty good score, so I'm getting it. :3

sinsalaca

#6

sinsalaca said:

I owned the retail version. It was good, nothing earth shattering or ground breaking. If you are a fan of hack-n-slash then it is worth a go.

Bass_X0

#7

Bass_X0 said:

Its worth it for 200 points but I found the enemies in the previous games to get very hard after a while. I'll get this too when i can.

RR529

#8

RR529 said:

I have the first one, & it's a pretty decent game for the $1.99. It kinda stinks that the sequels just reskin the playable character & environment, and call it a day, though.

I guess you should just get the one that has the theme you like the best, since everything else is the same.

NTELLIGENTMAN

#9

NTELLIGENTMAN said:

I saw the retail version selling for $3.99 in used condition. I didn't know it was better than the downloadable version or else I would have purchased it.

sweetiepiejonus

#10

sweetiepiejonus said:

Don't let the score of these inferior bite-size downloads ward off anyone who thinks the retail (real) version of the game is the same. It's nothing special but can be a mindless fun dungeon crawl for a bit if you can find it for under $10.

Nintendawg

#11

Nintendawg said:

I had quite a lot of fun with the retail version, about 30 hours and will certainly play it again with a different character. I downloaded the 2nd instalment when it came out and it has some gameplay improvements compared to the retail version, for instance certain skills have been improved and items you get as loot have more uses, but there are no shops to visit and villagers to talk to. But it's still fun if you're into dungeon crawlers. So I guess I'll be getting this as well :)

Windy

#12

Windy said:

I love these Titles. I have had a bunch of fun on Chapters 1 and 2 and plan the same for 3. It's been about a year and half since I played them so i'm starting all over and working my way through each chapter. Fun game don't let the review fool you. I would give the games a 6 or even a solid 7

I've also noticed a similarity to everyone who posted here. They like the titles. That right there tells you something

Windy

#13

Windy said:

@Flowerlark Thanks alot I didnt know about the Retail Version and just bought it at Amazon New 14.99. You cost me money LOL Totally cool though thanks for the info. I always like to kid with people that they cost me money. I also had to throw Ragnarok DS into the cart LOL

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