I think this is a really great game. It's an awesome concept and it's really quite fun for the first few levels.
The only negative thing I can say is: it gets too difficult too fast. Once you get to a certain point in the game, it's near impossible to progress without playing previous maps over and over and over again. And that can be very frustrating. I feel the same goes for the original GemCraft (at the first "Epic Level").
And comparing this game with Episode One, this is definitely much more difficult, and slightly more fun. But mana seems to fill up much more slowly here... just an observation which might relate to the increased difficulty.
Anyway, the gameplay is great. I like the whole idea of the stat points and skills, and the combining gems thing is a cool concept. I really enjoy it.
This game is effing grindtastic. It reminds me of those frustrating old rpgs were you had to pop potions and save the game after every rat or whatever.
You have deliberately made it necessary to grind the everliving shit out of every previously accomplished level, be it with added modes or whatever, before you can even hope to move on.
You barely ever get to create gems or towers or anything because you get like 3 mana for each creature you kill. You end up with like four spitwad towers and a few traps. Upgrading the mana pool seems an overly dangerous bet because it costs so much and the gain rate seems almost insignificant. And increasing the mana capacity is unneccesary, because it will never be filled.
Get this fixed, it's frustrating. You nerfed everything almost beyond playability.
I love this game
I love defence games and this has to be the better of them all. So awesome and awesome and awesome and awesome is this game thats its just awesome... lol
I love it. The only thing I don't like about is that some time you need a special kind of gem and that's when the luck plays part. This game seems like it's skill based and mostly it is, but that lucky factor makes it hard to make strategies...
i'm at lvl 43 now. but the game is not loading in my computer now how sad to far.... ^_^ happy gaming...