The game itself is flash based, and while this might automatically turn some prospective players away, you might be surprised at what the developers have managed to pull off here; browser-based though Tynon may be, upon entering fullscreen mode you will quickly forget it. The majority of the in game functions, if not all, utilize only the left mouse button. The game is very responsive to user actions, and any client/server interaction is essentially transparent.
Class selection in the beginning is, admittedly, disappointingly sparse, with only three available options: Blademaster, Warrior, and Archer. While you are able to customize your gender, there remains little else to set your character apart from the hordes of other players.
Newcomers will find Tynon an extremely “noob friendly” game, with a series of beginner quests that introduce the player piece by piece to the various options and game mechanics available. Due to the high quantity of buttons present in the HUD, this procedural introduction demonstrates foresight on the developers’ parts and makes jumping straight into the action a breeze. Within the first 20 minutes of gameplay you should have a solid grasp of a large portion of what this pleasantly surprising game has to offer. A lot of potential confusion and angst is also mitigated by the extremely helpful auto-movement feature. With a single click, your character will automatically navigate his or her way to the quest goal — a feature the developers should be applauded for. While it may be tempting to make heavy use of this feature, the vigilant will be rewarded through randomly scattered drops that would otherwise be missed in doing so.
As is often the case with free to play games, Tynon makes use of a timer mechanic extensively: many actions once performed will initiate a time delay and will only be repeatable once the timer has elapsed. Players are able to purchase gems should they find themselves too impatient to wait these out and will even have the option to purchase additional “queues” that allow several concurrent timers — a boon to speeding up gameplay. Too often it is the case that games make use of this “buy your way to power” mechanic, but in Tynon’s case it is accomplished tastefully, and one does not get the impression that the game is crippled without having to sink large amounts of money into it.
One area that Tynon excels in seems to be the social aspect of its gameplay. You will frequently see players wherever you go, and with the option to join/form guilds, you will encounter many opportunities to mingle with other players. The friend list does a great job of further driving this point home. Couple this with PM capability and the result is a great platform to meet and cooperate with interesting people from all over the world. For those who are of a more solitary disposition, there is no reason why you should have to partake in any of the above, apart from a few of the beginner quests — one of which tasks you with joining a guild. The ability to recruit Heroes from the Heaven Tavern will provide you with all the tools necessary to make your way through Tynon autonomously.
Although top-down and two dimensional, Tynon once again demonstrates its developers design acumen in the form of jaw dropping environment artwork. No matter where you are headed in your adventures, there will always be something to catch your eye and, more often than not, make you catch your breath. Tynon, it should be said, is an extremely good looking game.
While the music at times can be a little repetitive, it is of good quality and accomplishes its task acceptably. The sound effects are certainly decent and fit seamlessly into the overall gaming experience. Altogether, it seems fair to say that both blend into the background during play and serve only to further enhance the ambience. Definitely not the main selling point of Tynon, but they do the job well.
For a browser based flash game, Tynon has definitely accomplished an impressive amount. For those who enjoy gameplay in the long term, you will find it a most rewarding way to pass the time. Taking into account the free-to-play price, and the sheer quantity of players online, you should definitely give this one a go.