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Sonny is an engrossing and addictive turn based adventure game that challenges you to battle with a wide variety of characters as you try to stay alive. While many turn based adventure games give you back stories filled with all manner of details, this one goes the other way with it. You are playing as a character named Sonny, but you learn very little about who you are in the introduction. Basically, you learn that you're on a ship. This is apparently a bad ship. You don't know how you got there. You know that you were killed but you don't remember how. In fact, you don't even remember your name. The name you go by (Sonny) was given to you by Louis the Blind - the man that brought you back from the dead. Louis asks if you can walk and then informs you that you will need a weapon. You grab a pipe and the game begins. One of the most appealing things about this back story is that it is so mysterious. As you play, the story unfolds adding a whole new level of intrigue to an already intriguing game. You not only enjoy the game, but you enjoy the story as well, which is what makes this one so appealing to such a wide variety of players.
The basic premise behind Sonny is actually pretty similar to the basic premise behind most of the other turn based adventure games online but at the same time, it's also much different and a little more complex than what some players will be used to. The basic goal of the game is to make it through each level to reach the boss at the end of each zone. Find a way to take out that boss so you can move on to the next zone where you will do the same thing. Continue until you've conquered all of the zones and emerge victorious.
The first thing you'll do in Sonny is select your 'class'. Your class determines you battle style and your strengths and weaknesses in battles. There are four classes to choose from: Destroyer, Guardian, Assassin and Gunslinger. The Destroyer class is all about strength and endurance. It's primarily a physical melee class. If you choose Destroyer, you have the option of playing either as a survival character or an offensive character where you will primarily attack. Guardian is a very versatile class. It offers many different styles of play and offers high survivability. The Guardian class is a hybrid class that is focused on both strength and magic. The Assassin class is fast and offers high burst damage, but it is also not able to take much damage. Like The Destroyer, Assassin is primarily a physical melee class. The Gunslinger class is an excellent option, but like the Assassin class it is able to take very little damage. It is a primarily magic based class, able to cast deadly spells that inflict significant damage on enemies. Characters in the Gunslinger class are also able to take advantage of several special abilities making them even more effective soldiers. Which class you choose will be entirely up to you.
With your class selected, it's time to begin playing the game. Sonny isn't really all that complicated, especially when compared to many of the other turn based adventure games online. First off, the game is played entirely with the mouse so you don't have to worry about complicated keyboard navigation or keyboard shortcuts, although you can skip intros and instructions using 'space'. Until you're really comfortable with the game and how it's played, though, I would recommend letting all of the intros and instructions play through. There is a lot of valuable information you don't want to miss out on. In all honestly, though, the actual mechanics of the game are pretty simple. You click on the character you want to interact with and choose the action you would like to do to that character. You only have one move per turn so make sure you choose wisely. You can also choose to skip your turn. In reality, the most difficult part of this game is understanding the game screen. There is a lot of information there you need to pay attention to. If you don't know what is used for what and when you should use it, you'll find yourself in trouble.
The basic battle screen in Sonny isn't really all that hard to understand. You have the status bars of every character on the screen at the top of the screen and your game options at the bottom of the screen. At the very center of the bottom of the screen, you'll see a gray colors circle around an exclamation mark. You cannot make a move while that circle is gray. Instead, you must wait for the circle to turn blue. You can also choose to skip your turn by clicking the exclamation mark or to exit the game by clicking the red 'x' at the top right corner of the box containing the circle. It's pretty simple stuff. Between levels, things get a bit more complicated.
What really sets Sonny apart from other games in the genre is the 'roaming' mode. While in roaming mode, you're offered the chance to customize your character so that you're ready for the next battle. There are two swirling indicators in roaming mode, a blue one and a red one. Clicking the blue one will take you to the item store where you can purchase and equip yourself with various items with money you've earned during battle. You are also able to sell or delete items from your inventory here as well. Before you buy anything, hover your mouse over the item you want to buy to check out the stats for the item. Ask yourself what it improves and how much it costs. Compare that with items you're already equipped with. If you have enough money to purchase something but it doesn't really offer much of an improvement over what you already have, don't waste your money on it. You'll need to conserve money for later in the game. The red swirl will take you to battle. Don't go to battle until you're sure you're ready. Take your time. Rushing will get you nowhere in this game.
You'll notice the options at the bottom of the screen in Sonny are different in roaming mode than they are in battle mode. You have new icons that you can click on to take you to new screen. Knowing what those screens are used for is important. The first icon at the bottom left of the screen in roaming mode is the 'inventory' icon. The inventory screen shows your character and the items your character is equipped with on the far left of the screen. Below your character you'll see how much experience you have. Below that, you have the unit icons. If you have more than one active unit, you can click on different icons to view the stats of the different active units. If you have empty equipment slots, you can also equip your character through the inventory screen, but you must already have the item you want to equip your character with. If you don't, you'll have to go to the store and purchase it. The items you're currently holding in your inventory will be shown on the right side of the inventory screen. In the center of the inventory screen, you have the basic stats about your character. You can see in a very clear and easy to understand way exactly how your character stacks up in vitality, strength, magic, speed and focus. Equipping your character with different items is one way to boost some of these areas depending on the item you equip your character with.
To the right of the inventory icon, you have the 'abilities' icon. This is there you will go to check the status of your abilities and equip new moves for your character to use during battle. This is also where you will go to use your upgrade points. Each time you level up in Sonny, you will be given upgrade points you can use to make your character stronger. It is absolutely vital that you use these upgrade points wisely. If there is a particular area of your character that needs to be improved, focus on using your upgrade points to improve that specific area. Upgrade points are separated into two categories; ability points and attribute points. Attribute points can be used to improve your character's vitality, strength, magic or speed while ability points can be used to unlock new abilities. All of the abilities you can unlock are shown on the left side of the abilities screen. Again, its important to use these points wisely. Hover your mouse over each ability to learn what it does and how it can help you. Be selective. Once you've decided which ability you want to equip, click on it. The ability will now appear on the right side of the screen in the box below your 'combat action bar'. You need to click on that ability and place it onto the combat action bar to be able to use that ability during battle. You can choose to "re-spec" (clicking on the purple icon at the left side of the first box on the bottom of the screen) which will reset all ability and attribute points, but you should save this for when it's absolutely necessary. You can only use this option five times a day so don't waste it.
Selling items in Sonny can be a bit tricky, but it's a great way to earn more money if there's an item you really feel you need. Just make sure you're careful. Once you sell an item, you can't undo that sale. In the beginning of the game you have very basic gear and it may be tempting to sell that gear in favor of more advanced options. That's not always the best strategy. Some of the items you purchase are only able to be equipped once. If you don't have another item in your inventory to take its place, you're going to leave yourself vulnerable. Only sell something unless you're absolutely positive you won't need it or the money you gain for it will be worthwhile. For example, the leggings you start the game with don't really offer much in the way of benefit, but they also don't offer much in the way of cash if you sell them. Why take the chance? Stick with them until you can afford something better and then keep them just in case you do wind up needing them later. If you run out of room in your inventory, you can of course sell the less important items, but try to hang onto them for as long as you can. It's better to be safe than sorry.
The colors on the buffs in Sonny represent the element classification of the ability. There are eight different classifications in total; Earth, Fire, Ice, Lightening, Magic, Physical and Poison. Each element has a different piercing and defense rating which is shown on a bar graph. The rating will be from 0% to 100% and will help you better understand the strengths and weaknesses of each element. Understanding those ratings isn't difficult once you understand what 'piercing' and 'defense' mean in this circumstance. Piercing basically refers to how much damage an element is able to inflict on an enemy, the chances of scoring a critical hit using that element and how much damage is added from a critical hit. Defense is more or less the same thing but it runs counter to piercing. Familiarize yourself with the ratings for each element and keep those ratings in mind when you're looking at your abilities. You also need to look at your stats. Some stats have an impact on your abilities so knowing what the stats do is a vital part of your strategy. Magic and strength more or less cooperate with your abilities. Speed does as well, but only on certain abilities. Speed will, however, boost piercing which can definitely come in handy. You'll get one extra piercing point for every two speed points you gain. Speed will also help you out with your accuracy and dodge abilities. Vitality is a great stat to keep an eye on. Every point of vitality you earn will increase your health by eight points.
You are only able to have eight moved equipped in a battle in Sonny, so make sure you choose the moves that will be of the most use to you. You choose what moves to equip via the "abilities" menu. Pay attention to what each move does and how many times it can be equipped. Some of your moves can be equipped more than once while others can't. It will be difficult to know which moves will help you the most when you first start playing, but as you progress, you'll get the hang of it. As with most of the turn based adventure games online, experience will be your greatest teacher. The more you play, the better you'll get. Wisely choosing what moves to equip and wisely choosing when to use them is the only way to do well in this game. You need to develop a decent strategy and the best way to do that is to play the game for a while and figure out what works and what doesn't. Use your experiences while playing to determine the best way to handle every battle you encounter and remember the strengths and weaknesses of the class you chose for your character. With a good strategy you can get through this game, but very few players are going to be able to plan out a decent strategy right from the beginning. Experience with turn based adventure games will definitely be an asset, but even those who have never played this genre before will be able to do well as long as they take time to learn what they need to do and get comfortable with the game.
It is almost guaranteed that at some point during Sonny, you will find yourself hopelessly stuck on a level. Remember that as hopeless as a level seems, nothing actually is in this game. No level in this game is impossible. Watch your enemy. Look for their strengths and weaknesses. Make sure you have a good idea of what you're up against. Once you have that in mind, look at the abilities you have available and carefully study each one. If you're struggling, there's a good chance you just aren't using your abilities to the fullest potential. Think about what you're doing and make sure you have the right moves equipped for the battle. The solution to your problem always lies in the ability tree, so make sure you use it. This game is always about strategy and using what you have to the best of your ability and to its greatest benefit. If you pay attention to what's going on and proceed accordingly, you should be able to figure out what you need to do to overcome any situation you find yourself in within the game. Newcomers to turn based adventure games will have trouble in the beginning, but again, experience is everything. Although you'll get frustrated, if you stick with it, you can master this game. It's just a matter of being smart and using what you've got to its fullest advantage.
Overall, Sonny is an excellent turn based adventure game that offers more than enough to keep you playing game after game. While the game can be a little complex, with patience and persistence, even newcomers to turn based adventure games will be able to do well in this one. More experienced players are going to love the level of detail this game offers as well as the fact that it offers a real challenge and a real test of skills. This is no easy game, but once you figure out how to develop a good strategy, it is entirely a beatable game. If you are looking for a good adventure game that will put your skills to the test, this is definitely the game for you.