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Echoes: Act 1

rated 4.42 / 5 stars
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Strategy - Real-time (RTS)

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Nov 3, 2010 | 9:42 AM EDT
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Author Comments

Echoes is an action-strategy game. It's set in an extensive universe on a torn Earth almost three-hundred years in the future. It joins the famous real-time strategy genre with many elements from the third person shooter genre, in a side-scrolling environment.

Please note this game is loaded with action, and may load on your cpu. If you have any slow frame rates try to lower the graphic settings. Also note Echoes is a heavy story-teller, with scenes and dialogues. If you're in only for the action, there's always a skip button in the corner.

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Combat mode:
- Mouse - aim, shoot
- W,A,S,D - movement
- Shift - sprint
- Q - command, drag for select units
- E - action circle
- 1-6 - activate abilities
- Z,X,C,V,B - select weapon
- Space - switch to Strategy mode
P, ESC - Pause game
Strategy mode:
- W,A,S,D - camera movement
- Shift - faster camera movement
- Mouse drag - select units
- Mouse click - order units to move
- Ctrl + Mouse click - order units to attack-move
- Hold shift while selecting units to select additional units.
- Space - switch to Combat mode.
- Ctrl + 1-5 to group a few units together.
P, ESC - Pause game



Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Rather ingenious game concept, yet severly lacking

This is quite a flash game. It's a pioneer of gaming, and is setting its own path in the gaming world with the rather unique strategy and side-scrolling shooter aspects combination.
However I find that there are still numerous problems in the system.

At several points in the game I found that switching between strategy and combat mode was difficult, the button was stuck and it was necessary to click the mouse to allow me to simply play. The buildings and units are ridiculously expensive and make it impossible to survive in strategy mode without all of the machina powers and weapons.
Further more it's frustrating constantly scrolling back to a vehicle depot or a barracks to purchase more units, when instead it is arguably simpler to switch the lower selection screen from buildings to units. Because of the fact that a player will want to buy units while watching the battle progress so that he can keep an eye on his health. Then once he has finished purchasing reinforcements he can then buy more buildings after deselecting the production facility.
Why is it impossible to build turrets in front of the resource points? Survival mode is hard enough as it is, and frankly it doesn't make much sense that the resource node prevents ANY buildings from landing near it. Its reasonable if a barracks or depot can't land there but a small turret? Nonsense, they're smaller than the humvees and thus full capable of landing almost anywhere.
Units should be capable of anticipating the enemy, instead of constantly reacting to their attacks. It's very frustrating when my missile launchers die from a tank because they're to dumb to act on their own initiative.
The force field shouldn't block your own units fire. It doesn't make you invincible and rapidly consumes your batter making it marginally useful at best. Therefore it should be upgraded to allow your men to shoot past. Especially tanks and rocket men.
While fun, being thrown about from explosions becomes very tiresome surprisingly quickly. Either increase dodge or turn the throwback from an explosion into a random chance equation. Something like 15%, which also applies to NPC units and grunts as well. This should include thralls.
The missile launcher upgrade is utterly useless in-that I can kill a group of thralls or a tank, at a faster rate than a missile launcher. That's absurd.

The voice acting and dialogue are rather inexperienced. Honestly they're far to cliched and fake to be taken seriously. Particularly the main characters attempted growl, and Colonel Strickmans sore throat. Please improve these.

Your dialogue should be far less redundant. Military personnel are far more crisp and straightforward, they've no time to be subtle they're to busy doing their jobs to waste time.

I've predicted your story from this one episode, and it is interesting however I feel that you shouldn't turn Diabolus -whose name is almost a vulgar pun- into starscream from transformers. Otherwise all he will amount to is a cliched alien who acts like starscream. Alot.

Overall I think this game is amazing you've a lot to work with, and work on. Your idea is original, amusing and inventive. Still there's room for improvement. Iron out the side scroll option so that people can skip sections they abhor and watch the ones they love. Good luck because you can make it, but only if you don't break it. Otherwise the people will pick apart the bones of your ideas.

Inspire them instead. ;)

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

exelent game



Rated 5 / 5 stars

This is great!

Totally loved both the gameplay and the soundtrack. Really, this game has a lot of potential to be available on PS3 or Xbox360, I'd love to see that happen. May need some work though, I didn't liked how that Lord Diabolus (I guess) looked like, but still really awesome.
As for some people says this has no strategy, I think they're completely wrong, as the battle develops you need not only stronger units, also mixing Dem's abilities and using the terrain in your favor to win the war or last longer in survival mode.
I found mortars really annoying, a unit to counter them would be great adition to the gameplay.
Really awesome, I think I delete my cache to play this from scratch, by the way, that Parker guy resembles a LOT someone I knew.


Rated 5 / 5 stars


Fantastic storyline. Loved it! Gameplay was great but I was a little overwhelmed when getting taken from both sides. It's a rare occasion when I write a review (which is selfish, if I'm playing someones game i should at least support it in some way) but this got me really interested. I would love a sequel. Keep the elements similar but give us more of a fighting chance, not easier but don't overwhelm us.

Also, the turrets couldn't be placed on the edge of a hill which meant they shot downwards on the floor unable to fire at the mortar crew firing at it.

Give us a mortar turret to build and let us place building/turrets in more locations.

Perfect 10 **********


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Awesome and unfair, Just the way i like it

HHHmmm... seems short yes.. and the story is awesome. though i see alot of potential for a simple game.. like all out war against stronger enemies, ships, aliens, or even maybe an ally from another world :D i like DEM.. he's just so DEM good