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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Imbroglio (2016) is a puzzle game where you take a character into a dungeon and progress by collecting stars. The twist is that combat is focused not only your abilities but the tile you are standing on when you attack. Although each character has different abilities, equipment is attached to the dungeon board rather than who you are playing.

Play involves moving around the grid-based dungeon, deciding which enemy to attack or defend against. As you kill them, the gear on the squares levels up. You also collect runes that enable you to access your special ability.

Both you and enemies have two stats, physical energy and magical energy. When either of these are depleted you are dead. This adds an extra level of tactics as the tile you are standing on will determine which of these elements you use and attack.

The result is a game that requires strong planning from the start. There are four types of enemies to battle, eight different heroes to play and thirty-two weapons to level up. You need to focus on tactically advantages gear tiles to use and level up. Add to this the different board layouts each character starts with, and the ability to customise those starting boards, and you have a deep and intriguing game.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Imbroglio 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 24 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Sequencing game with Collecting, Fighting and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Rated 9+ on Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence

Skill Level

13+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

CostsCosts

Imbroglio usually costs £4.79.
 

Imbroglio

Steam Store PC £4.79
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
 
You can purchase expansions for new characters and tiles:
  • Imbroglio: Ossuary
  • Imbroglio: Phlogiston
  • Imbroglio: Mizzenmast 
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 18/05/2016, updated in 2020

Out Now: iOS

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Sequencing (Collecting, Fighting and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead and Grid

Developer: Smestorp (@Smestorp)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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