This game is rated PEGI 12
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Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 5 months ago.
Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.
A dark prophecy dooms the medieval world and anthropomorphic animals to an apocalypse that can only be stopped by you. Starting out with meagre money and food, you interact with characters and use what you have to progress and build a reputation. Depending on your choices and how you play your cards, you might end up as the hero who saves the world or go down in history as the one who hastened its demise.
It's presented as a tabletop game, with cards representing the current scene. You then play cards from your hand to combine their effects with those on the table. It sounds like a battle game, but here the cards work more like choices in a role-playing game. Some card combinations change your reputation, others initiate fights, others get you money or reputation with specific groups. Others let you use items, like keys or backpacks. Depending on what you choose to do, the story changes, and interactions change depending on your reputation. If you take on a fight you turn to cards like swords and knives to damage opponents in turn-based combat.
The result is a complex game that offers a unique way to interact with characters and the world. More than this though, it becomes an intriguing way to play a part in telling a story. You need not only tactics and strategy but also experimentation and imagination to discover the nuances of your hand. What's more, the branching storyline means no two playthroughs are the same, and playing in different ways can often lead to fun discoveries and unique encounters.
Release Date: 15/09/2022, updated in 2022
Price: 25% off
Platforms: PC and Switch
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Genres: Battle, Sequencing (Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Role-Play)
Accessibility: 22 features
Components: 2D Side-On, Cards, Cartoon and Grid
Developer: Alkemi Games (@AlkemiGames)
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Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Fantasy Violence, Use of Alcohol, Mild Blood and Mild Language. Action cards can contain combat moves (e.g., shooting arrows, flinging pepper to distract), which are conveyed via brief impact sounds, dwindling hit points, and screen-shaking effects. A handful of sequences depict characters discussing rum, grog, whiskey, or wine; in one sequence, an animal is given a bottle of rum to consume (e.g., "*glug*...*glug*...*glug*...*hic*...*hic*..."). The words “damn” and “hell” appear in game text.
8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. There is no need for quick reactions but you need to be able to come up with winning strategies to succeed in the turn-based fights. To appreciate the storytelling side you need a bit of comprehension.
To use a card, you need to drag it to what you want to use it on, requiring you to hold down a button for as long as it takes. Additionally, to see the effects a card will have when using it in a specific way, you need to hold it over the card you want to use it on and read the information given. Text is high contrast and fairly large but not 1/20th of the size of the screen. There are no time pressures at any point, as the game is turn-based and dialogue remains on the screen until you click to read the next speech bubble.
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