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Video GameCurious Expedition (Series) Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 11 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Curious Expedition is an expedition simulation, in the late 19th century. You join historical people to explore a world map to gain fame, science and treasures. You recruit explorers and equip them for what they may face, then set out on your next expedition. Each time you set out the world is different, with unique challenges requiring particular equipment.

On each adventure you must carefully manage your resources to stay alive and choose which heavy treasure you want to take back home. As you explore you interact with natives, trade with villages and communicated with lost civilizations. You can decide to loot temple but must deal with traps. When eventually you come a cropper you start again from your home port, but if you don't get home you lose anything you find.

Each of the explorers you have in your party have different abilities both in combat and other interactions. They also affect your carrying capacity that determines how much treasure you can take home. The characters are affected permanently on expeditions, sometimes even dying or turning on you and stealing your treasure.

Although it's not an educational game you can play with a wide range of historical figures including Charles Darwin, Marie Curie, Richard Francis Burton, Johan Huizinga, Mary Kingsley, Amelia Earhart, Nikola Tesla, Alexandra David-Neel, Marcus Garvey, Dion Fortune, Frederick Courtney Selous, Freya Stark, H. P. Lovecraft, Isabella Bird, Harriet Tubman, Ada Lovelace and Grigori Rasputin.
  • Curious Expedition is on PC, Switch, PS4 and Xbox One.
  • Curious Expedition Rivals is a multiplayer expansion of the game, coming soon to PC and consoles.
  • Curious Expedition 2 is an enhanced version of the game with new abilities and adventures, coming soon to PC and consoles.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 19/05/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Strategy (Open World and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 18 features

Pieces: Dice

Developer: Maschi Mensch (@MaschiMensch)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 and a half hours and 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete. You play through a series of 5 expeditions to complete a go, which takes about an hour and a half. Each expedition takes about 20 minutes.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 with mild violence. It features non-realistic looking violence towards characters which although human are not very detailed and violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures. Violence consists of turn-based battle scenes where players use dice to determine their course of action. Non-detailed, pixelated human and animal characters are not depicted as physically attacking each other, remaining rooted to their spot on the battlefield. They shudder to indicate they’ve been hit and display a reduction in their life bars and number damage. Blood splashes are shown but these fade away almost immediately. The game contains menu options including whiskey and coca leaves which the player uses to regain sanity. As this game is predominantly text-based, the player is never visually depicted consuming these items.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to be able to deal with lots of reading and use imagination to interpret the simple visuals. There are layered systems that need to be managed, both in terms of the combination of explorers you take but also how you handle them and their interactions out on the road. You need to be willing to try out different combinations and learn from the consequences. Although sometimes when you get it wrong some characters are lost for good.

CostsCosts

Curious Expedition usually costs £10.99 to £16.99. 

Curious Expedition

XBox Store Xbox One £12.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £11.99
Steam Store PC £10.99
Switch Store Switch £13.49
Steam Store Mac £10.99

Curious Expedition 2

XBox Store Xbox One £16.74
PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99
Steam Store PC £16.99
Switch Store Switch £16.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
The following in-game purchases are available:

Curious Expedition 2: Highlands Of Avalon

PlayStation Store PS4 £4.99
Switch Store Switch £4.99

Curious Expedition 2: Shores Of Taishi

PlayStation Store PS4 £4.99
Switch Store Switch £4.99
 
 

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Curious Expedition Accessibility Report documents 18 accessibility features:
There is a tutorial that needs to be accessed seperately from starting a game. There are no tips, hints, or even reminders in the game, and no access to a help menu or manual available during gameplay, making learning a fairly steep curve.

The game is about exploration and discovery, so while there is a game map, it is not clearly labeled. Many quest destinations are hidden with an uncertain amount of travel needed to reach them, it can be difficult to figure out how to plan for the expeditions,especially as you are learning.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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