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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game features some themes of teamwork and friendship between some characters. The plot revolves around tension between humankind and the fae as their worlds are forced together. This tension echoes a lot of the real-world stress in current events.
Positive Role Models
Peony is a magic user trying to survive in this new world while searching for her family. She tends to be good natured and friendly, with a close friendship to her companions, Chico and Payachin.
Ease of Play
Although the game promotes its "menuless" gameplay, there's actually a lot that players need to navigate and maintain, including equipment in the form of spell cards and skill points to upgrade the main characters. Players also need to manage things like elemental weaknesses, capturing monsters, etc. Meanwhile, the lack of menus in battle winds up restricting players' options in combat.
Violence & Scariness
Combat and violence is key to the game, with characters fighting each other using various skills, magic, and other abilities or traits. There's no blood or gore shown onscreen, and the graphics are more pixelated and cartoonish in nature.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fae Tactics is a fantasy themed tactical role-playing game available for download on Windows based PCs. Players control small parties of characters in turn-based battles, using magical spells in combination with ranged and melee attacks against fantasy creatures and human enemies. There's no blood or gore shown onscreen and the visuals are a more animated and cartoonish style, which helps tone down the impact of the violence. The game has a relatively steep learning curve, due in no small part to its "menuless" design, which caused characters to perform specific actions depending on things like positioning and abilities.
Is It Any Good?
Tactical role-playing games have long been held in high regard by fans for mixing the character development of a role-playing game with the tactical thinking of a turn-based tabletop game. Fae Tactics tries to carve out its own space in that genre by offering fans a nostalgic look and feel. The story isn't particularly deep, but it's engaging enough to keep players' interest. The game does try to toss in a few new quirks to try and stand out. Although the pieces come together well enough when the action starts, there are some frustrating limitations to overcome.
One of Fae Tactics' most hyped features is what the developers call it "menuless" gameplay. Menuless is a bit misleading though, as players still have to navigate different menus to equip characters' spells and abilities, level up skills, and organize their parties. But once battle start, the game does drop the usual menu-based controls in favor of automatic actions based on contextual things like characters' positions on the map, which direction they're facing in relation to enemies, and more. While the idea is for this to streamline the gameplay, it feels more like it strips options away from the player. You lose direct control of the tactics and strategies your units employ. Instead, Fae Tactics puts a focus on just getting characters into the right position and crossing your fingers, hoping the actions play out the way you want. For players that are used to commanding or directing their troops during play, this is pretty disappointing, but for newcomers just getting used to tactical strategy, this automated play could ease the learning curve that normally exists around these kinds of games.
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