A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players fight in a constant cycle of death and rebirth to try and save their village from being erased from existence. It's a standard good vs. evil setup up, with players running into other characters that occasionally need help.
Positive Role Models
Players are warriors fighting back against the dark forces that reside within the Wyrdness. When encountering other characters, players are given a selection of options allowing them to respond positively or negatively, potentially altering the immediate events in the game.
Ease of Play
The basics of gameplay are pretty simple to pick up and play. Things get a bit more complicated in battle. The turn-based combat gives players plenty of time to plan out a strategy, which comes in handy considering the available cards can have widely varied effects. Each faction plays differently than the others, and each class further differentiates play style and abilities, some of which are more complicated than others.
Violence & Scariness
Combat represents damage with a combination of animation effects and blood splatter, though opponents vanish when defeated. Many of the enemies are more gruesome, deformed human forms, twisted by the power of the Wyrd.
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Products & Purchases
The game's a self-contained adventure based on and spinning out of the Tainted Grail tabletop board game.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tainted Grail: Conquest is a fantasy adventure role-playing game available for download on Windows based PCs. It's set in the same universe as the Tainted Grail tabletop board game, though spun off into its own adventure. The in-game action is a mix of roguelike adventure and deck building card game. Players explore the cursed area surrounding the remnants of their village, confronting creatures and completing quests. Violence takes place in turn-based combat, with characters and monsters using various weapons and magical abilities against each other. Many of the creatures have gory and grotesque looks, and damage is represented with animation and occasional blood splatter.
Is It Any Good?
Oftentimes when a game tries to mix a handful of genres together, what players wind up with is a jumbled mess with no identity of its own. Then there are games like Tainted Grail: Conquest, which blends different elements into a seamless adventure that's hard to walk away from. The game's setting is rich in lore, with players unlocking more of the Tainted Grail universe as they play. The voice acting is spot on and the visuals help to set the grim and haunting tone of the environment. The turn-based combat gives players plenty of room to develop their actions, but it's like a game of chess. Only instead of board game pieces, players are combining whatever cards they've been dealt with unique class abilities to piece together a devestating chain of events, both on offense and defense. It also feels like the game's constantly evolving, not just through the player's growth, but through the constant shifts in encounters and difficulty. With each cycle of play, everything feels both new and familiar at the same time, which fits exactly in with the plot.
Live. Die. Respawn. Repeat. It's a staple formula for many games, but few address it as keenly as Tainted Grail: Conquest. The game's premise sets up the cycle of death and rebirth nicely. And thanks to the gradual progress of player and of the individual class characters, it never gets frustrating. In fact, it encourages players to have fun experimenting, whether it's starting the quest with a new character class or simply trying out new combinations of card and abilities in combat. While the game might be a bit repetitive, and honestly, a bit short in later runs after players build up more power, the randomization of each playthrough, combined with the wide range of character specialties and their respective wealth of card combinations to test and play, manages to keep the game from ever feeling stale.
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