100 Trials: Can you Play It, Beat It, Master It?

100 trials title screen, Mac OSTest yourself in 100 Trials

…against 100 different combat puzzles. You’ll get sucked deeperinto the mazes of monsters and demons as you discover weapons, loot and skills galore.

The fiendish little world of 100 Trials contains…four unique playable characters, four environments, dozens of weapons and skills and over 40 monster styles!

No matter the objective, 100 Trials is a game of great strategy and dangerous encounters. With each level, you will face a stronger and more determined array of terrible monsters that stand between you and victory. At first, only 5 Trials will be available to you, with access to the remaining levels blocked by the mysterious Stone Kittens. More new challenges become available to you when the Kittens recognize your skill, and make the ultimate sacrifice to grant you your hard-earned access to the world’s depths.

As you become more and more adept at the games various strategies, you will find that each Trial has a set of Mastery conditions, which can only be achieved the most advanced players. Most levels are varied each time you play, making successful mastery more than a matter of trial and error.

100 Trials is a series of 100 individual challenges that you will encounter and work to overcome. Each Trial tests your combat abilities against a different set of monsters, in a different map, using a different set of tools at your disposal.

To win a Trial, you must complete all objectives. Some Trials have a turn limit, requiring you to complete all objectives within a specified number of turns. Running out of turns will cause you to immediately fail, and you will have to restart the trial. Trials can also be failed by dying, which happens when red meter at the top of the screen, which represents your health, empties as a result of being hurt by monsters.

Like a game of chess, each opponent can take one action per turn, although there are a few exceptions to this rule. You and your opponents may use this action to either move, attack or use a special ability called a skill.

Movement is done by touching in one of the four directions adjacent to your character. To continue moving each turn, simply touch and hold in that direction. You can also change directions by touching and dragging to where you want to move.

Unlike a game of chess, a single turn is broken up into two phases: attack and movement. During each of these phases, all characters take their turns simultaneously. Any characters that want to attack will do so first, and then anyone wants to move will do so. It’s often best, then, to stay and fight rather than try to run away, as taking even one extra hit can mean the difference between success and failure.

Should you want to not die, you will want to use skills to help you through the Trials. In 100 Trials, you will play as four different characters, each with different skills which might allow you to become invisible, place traps, recover health, or damage opponents in a variety of ways.

Most skills cost energy, which is represented by the blue meter. There are precious few ways to recover energy, so plan wisely! Victory in the Trials requires the utmost efficiency in your actions and energy usage.

Each trial may ask you to perform a different task in order to succeed. In some, you will be asked to find a staircase that is the exit to the Trial. In others, you will need to survive for a number of turns. In still others, you will need to kill all monsters in the area.

And, with that, you are ready to begin your descent into Hell, to learn the fate of the last Wild Satan. Good luck to you, and thanks for playing!

100 Trials Scored a 9 out of 10 with Pocket Gamer

PocketGamer logopure joy“, “hugely rewarded“, and “extremely satisfying” are all phrases Mike Rose uses as he gives 100 Trials a rating of 9 out of 10 for Pocket Gamer.

Mike’s closing sentence goes right over the top, saying that with this new game that we “in fact managed to improve on their original masterpiece (100 Rogues”). Sweet!

Here’s a link to their review.