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By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Story-driven tales with great heroes, positive themes.

Game Windows 2021
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Filled with unusual play mechanics, eccentric heroes, and moving stories, this is an RPG for players who are looking for something a little different. Wildermyth is focused first and foremost on storytelling, spending the time to develop each of its many protagonists with distinct personalities and personal problems that they'll eventually need to confront. Its narrative is presented through simple comic book panels that provide opportunity for characters to visually emote and express themselves. Certain situations provide players with key choices -- such as whether a lovelorn hero should follow a strange but captivating merman into the forest -- that can lead to positive or negative outcomes. The writing is sharp and frequently funny, helping to create authentic bonds, rivalries, romances, and friendships between specific heroes. Players are bound to feel connected to many of the characters, becoming invested in their lives as they mature, grow old, and become legends of varying repute within their respective worlds.

Happily, the action is just as compelling as the storytelling. There's a sense of scale to the world, as events take place over seasons and years as the heroes move from territory to territory in their effort to thwart whatever evil forces they happen to face. When battles start, there's no shortage of strategic options available, as each character uses their unique and slowly growing collection of abilities to take on enemies that also evolve and become more powerful with the passage of time. Less experienced players can breeze through battles by choosing the easiest difficulty settings, but more advanced players can dive into sophisticated combat maneuvers that may include taking cover behind objects, lining up to create a defensive wall to deflect some damage, or interfusing with objects to attack enemies from almost any direction. It's a fairly straightforward yet surprisingly deep take on turn-based tactics. Wildermyth is charming, fun, and as challenging as you want it to be, a turn-based fantasy RPG most fans of the genre aren't likely to soon forget.

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