Thursday, April 3, 2014

Game review: Tales of Maj'Eyal

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen!
Today I'm writing a review about a rogue like RPG called Tales of Maj'Eyal!

A bit about the game and developers.
Tales of Maj'Eyal is a free open source roguelike RPG, made by just DarkGod. DarkGod is actually just one person! Well, two if we want to count the designer. So, ToME is made by a team of two people, and this game is absolutely free!

About Gameplay.
Tales of Maj'Eyal is a turn based roguelike RPG. In it you have option to chose one of many different races and classes. But at first you are very limited. You start off with just handful of races and classes. You then do main mission, side quests and explore so that you could find the other races and classes. Each class starts off in a different area, and I really like that. Makes every start a bit more unique.

This is a type of game which fits anyone's play style. You can either play it on easy and have unlimited number of lives, or you could play it on normal difficulty where you have five lives, and anything else that you pick up during your gameplay. And of course there's hardcore mode in which you lose as soon as you die once. In my opinion that's very awesome and challenging!

There are few maps in this game but I sadly managed to try just one. And that one is very big. On the map you can encounter a lot of different cities, dungeons and NPC's. Some NPC's will give you side quest and some will try to kill you. You can also see the other adventurer NPC's. They are friendly and don't have anything to do with you but it's fun to watch them run around. You can also visit every city and dungeon in this game. In fact it's very smart to do so, because it's much bigger chance to find other classes that way. This game really rewards you for exploring around and helping people, which I like a lot.

Combat system is turn based. Any long ranged attack such as fireballs or arrows need couple of turns to reach their target. If the target is fast enough they can actually move away from the danger which will cause it to miss. The player can, of course, do the same thing. I really have to say once again that this is a fully free to play, open source game. But you can always donate to the developers and get access to some classes and races that were only available to the donors. If you buy the game over steam you instantly get all the bonuses of the donors.

Graphic and Audio.
Graphically speaking the game looks like something old, but I actually didn't mind it. In fact, I liked it. It shows that gameplay should still be most important part of this game. Audio of this game is absolutely amazing, and I just loved listening to songs over and over again. In fact I even felt opening the game and then just listen the music in the background while I do other stuff.

Pros, cons and final grade.
- A lot of different races and classes.
- Turn based game so it allows to think over your strategy before acting.
- Big map.
- Three life difficulties.
- A lot of different game difficulties.

- Leveling sometimes takes a while.
- Sometimes it gets quite hard to kill enemies that are three to five levels higher than you.
- No co op or multiplayer.

Final grade: 8/10

Extra info: If you have never played a rogue like game before, I think this should be the first one! It's amazing and I loved every second of it. Absolutely amazing Free to play game.

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