The games are 2.5D side-scrolling platformers. The games feature a large array of weapons such as a secret shoe blade, throwing knives, and daggers. Players must control the protagonist, and navigate through the environment. Players can use stealth tactics such as hiding from enemies in shadows and can climb areas that are highlighted with more color.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China
China takes place after the short film Assassin’s Creed: Embers. The game takes place in 1526 China and focuses on the female protagonist, Shao Jun. After being trained by legendary Italian assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze, Shao Jun returns to her homeland to exact vengeance against the Templar group Eight Tigers, who wiped out the Chinese brotherhood. Shao Jun’s quest takes her through Macau, Nan’an, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall, as she kills the Tigers one by one and finally assassinates the final target, Zhang Yong. Years later, Shao Jun, who becomes an Assassin Mentor and has rebuilt the brotherhood, plots the assassination of the Jiajing Emperor by sending him lethal mercury disguised as an elixir of life.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India
India takes place in 1841 India and features the male protagonist, Arbaaz Mir from the graphic novel Assassin’s Creed: Brahman. While the Sikh Empire is at war with the East India Company, a Master Templar arrives with a mysterious item that used to belong to the Assassin Order. Mir must discover why he has come, steal back the item, and protect his friends and lover. Some of the weapons introduced are a typical Mughal and Dravidian Hindu sword resembling an Arrival of Tamil Nadu, Urumi from Kerala, a concealed Katara with Bagh naka, and Chakram, smoke bombs for stealth and distraction. A Slingshot with rock pellets has also been added.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia
Russia takes place in 1918 Russia during the aftermath of the October Revolution and features male protagonist Nikolai Orelov from the comic book Assassin’s Creed: Subject Four. Orelov wants to leave with his family but is required to perform one last mission for the Assassin Order: infiltrate the house where the Tsar’s family is being held by the Bolsheviks, and steal an artifact that has been fought over by Assassins and Templars for centuries. Along the way, he witnesses the massacre of Tsar Nicholas II’s children but manages to save the grand duchess, Anastasia, who becomes exposed to Shao Jun’s memories. He must escape the Templars while protecting the artifact and Anastasia. Nikolai uses a custom Berdan rifle fitted with a bayonet which can be used for melee combat with sniping capabilities, and a grapnel gun that can also produce electricity in order to short out electricity boxes, spotlights, lamp posts or kill unsuspecting enemies standing on water puddles. Anastasia also becomes a playable character with a unique set of skills, including the Helix Blade.
A secret ending can be unlocked in Chronicles: Russia by inputting hidden codes found throughout all 3 games. The ending takes place in present-day, where Templar agent Juhani Otso Berg meets up with the Head of Operations at Abstergo Industries, Laetitia England. Berg, who recently studied the memory of Assassin-turned-Templar Shay Cormac to learn the location of the Precursor box, had brought it to England, who instructs him to take it to Dr. Álvaro Gramática in secret. Gramática claims the box to be instrumental in helping him with the Phoenix Project.