Thursday, April 19, 2018

For The King

For The King emerged from Early Access today, and the discounted launch price is $15.99.

Steam shows that I played the Early Access version for 45 hours, and the only reason I stopped playing was to wait for the finished game.

Here's the description from the store page:
For The King is a strategic RPG that blends tabletop and roguelike elements in a challenging adventure that spans the realms. Set off on a single player experience or play cooperatively both online and locally. Every play through offers new challenges, opportunities, and rewards.

That's a really crap description of an absolutely phenomenal game. It's incredibly creative and whimsical, and musicians are a character class (with multiple kinds of musicians, believe it or not, and they're hilarious as well).

Basically, you're trying to save Whateverlandia from Foozle. Ignore that. Just focus on the gameplay (nicely crunchy combat, hex-based movement outside of combat), the visuals (absolutely wonderful, almost a vaguely 3-D papercraft feel), and the music (which is inspired).

This is not an easy game, by any means, and once your party dies, their progression during that run contributes to "lore points" that you can then use to unlock additional events, weapons, and characters that can then be pulled (possibly) for your next playthrough. All of these additional items are extremely interesting and well-conceived, and make an already interesting game even more so.

I'll tell you one thing to remember: armor. Armor strength is more important than weapon strength. Do not forget this.

Now, a collection of screenshots shameless ripped from the store page.


Combat (above ground):

Combat (below ground):

Steam link: For The King

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