Solasta: Crown of the Magister

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Original adventure with D&D roots rolls a critical hit.

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Positive Messages

The player's primary goal is to fend off and fight back against evil forces. The main mission and side quests also focus on helping out others in various ways, whether the end result is to further the player's own goals or simple to do good for the sake of doing good.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players are given a fair amount of freedom in creating their characters, including their alignment. While this opens up different dialogue options and actions in the game based on this, the player characters still tend to fall into the heroic and positive roles.

Ease of Play

The game makes use of the Dungeons & Dragons 5.1 edition rules for tabletop role-playing. There's a lot of character and inventory management involved for the player, as well as strategy and tactics in the 3D environments. Many of the usual die rolls and other statistical calculations are handled by the game, taking some of the weight off the player.

Violence

Turn-based combat is a regular occurrence. Characters use medieval weapons, magical abilities, and other skills against a variety of enemies and creatures. Although the visuals are highly details, there's very little in the way of blood ever shown onscreen and foes simply disappear when defeated.

Sex
Language

The dialogue includes some mild profanity, such as "hell" and "damn."

Consumerism

The game makes licensed use of ruleset for Wizards of the Coast's Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition pen & paper role-playing game.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Solasta: Crown of the Magister is a single-player fantasy role-playing game available for download on Windows based PCs. Players create and control a party of four adventurers and set out to uncover the source behind recent conflicts, leading to a discovery that threatens the entire world. Players face off against various creatures and supernatural threats in turn-based combat, utilizing medieval weapons, magic spells, and other special abilities. Although combat's a regular occurrence, there's very little blood shown onscreen. The game's mechanics are based on the Dungeon's & Dragons 5th Edition, and requires a lot of micromanagement on the part of players.

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What's it about?

Greetings, Adventurers -- welcome to SOLASTA: CROWN OF THE MAGISTER, a role-playing adventure that brings the framework of official Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition ruleset to a unique new world. Players will create a party of four distinct characters and set out to fulfill your destinies. Your adventure begins as your party is sent to investigate why contact has been lost with a garrison at the border of the Badlands. They soon uncover a looming threat, one that's been building since the time of the Cataclysm, the event that gave birth to humanity and its gods while wiping out all trace of the old High Elf empire in the process. Now it falls to your four brave souls to change the fate of the world once more and ensure its survival.You'll follow the main story and discover the true origins of the Cataclysm, taking on challenging side quests and tipping the scales in your favor while learning about the origins of each party member. And finally, you'll continue your party's legend well beyond the campaign, designing new adventures with the game's robust Dungeon Builder.

Is it any good?

In the world of fantasy role-playing, there's no name more exalted than Dungeons and Dragons. So, when creating an original fantasy role-playing adventure like Solasta: Crown of the Magister, there's no better foundation to build upon than the benchmark of the genre. By licensing the Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition rules, Solasta instantly feels familiar to anyone that's ever played a tabletop RPG (role-playing game). And for those that haven't, the game includes great tutorials, helping guide newcomers into the experience as painlessly as possible. There's still a lot of character and inventory management, stat building, and other technical mechanics players will need to work through. Thankfully, the bulk of the heavy lifting, such as resolving die rolls, calculating modifiers, and other minutiae is handled quickly behind the scenes by the game and keeps the flow of the action moving along.

Solasta: Crown of the Magister isn't content with just being a straight D&D adaptation. This isn't a flat, 2D world. The game makes a lot of use of environmental elements such as elevation and lighting. Players need to pay special attention to the world around them before and during combat. Giant spiders will crawl up the side of a wall to gain higher ground, whereas a well-placed magic bolt might send it falling off a cliff and splattering hard against the ground below. The game's also highly customizable, with an almost overabundance of gameplay options to give just the right balance of challenge and fun. Players can tweak the difficulty on the fly, even raising and lowering enemy hit points in the middle of combat. And if the campaign isn't enough to keep players' interests, the game also includes a robust Dungeon Builder to craft their own unique adventures with a drag-and-drop mechanic to create custom dungeons. It's infinitely easier than the days of drawing complex plans on pads of graph paper. All of these things work together to make Solatsa: Crown of the Magister a fantastic fantasy escape for old school role-playing fans and newcomers to the genre alike.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about tabletop versus video gaming. What are some of the advantages that video games might have over their tabletop counterparts? What are some of the benefits of tabletop gaming over video gaming?

  • How can customization, such as in creating individual characters or crafting entire levels, help to encourage creativity and storytelling techniques?

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