After playing Chaos Reborn’s excellent tutorials, you’ll both comprehend the game and understand — probably many times over — what it means to lose to the forces of randomness and bad luck. Every hour spent thereafter will deepen your appreciation for the game’s systems and strategies, which are elegant and unique, but there is no escaping the random number generator and the pain or glory it can bring. With a pedigree of the original Chaos, plus chess, poker, X-Com and Hearthstone in its DNA, Chaos Reborn still feels like a refreshingly different type of strategy experience.
A true wizard’s wheeze, and a fine return for one of gaming’s oldest tactical classics.
Chaos Reborn's probably not going to capture a huge audience, but I reckon the audience it does have is going to stick around. With its thrilling use of RNG, with its bluffing mechanics and its speedy matches that often conclude with a shocking abruptness, this was never going to be for everyone - but how many true classics really are?