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REVIEW: SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech

REVIEW: SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech
Title SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech
Developer Picture & Type Worldwide
Writer Thunderful Publishing
Launch Date April 24th, 2019
Style RPG
Platform Nintendo Change
Age Score E for Everybody – Delicate Fantasy Violence, Delicate Language
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I’ve been enjoying the SteamWorld collection because the starting, and I’ve loved them because the first SteamWorld Dig. So in fact I leapt on the alternative to check out the most recent entry, SteamWorld Quest. Not solely is that this the second unique Change recreation from Picture & Type (not counting the re-release of SteamWorld Heist as Final Version), it’s additionally the primary RPG from them. Higher but, it mixes the RPG style with deck constructing card mechanics, which I discover utterly addictive. So I went into SteamWorld Quest with excessive expectations. The query is, was it capable of meet these lofty expectations? Or was this the sport that permit the charming collection down?

SteamWorld Quest | Intro

The sport begins out with a father determine telling a narrative of superb occasions gone to a younger robotic. These have been occasions of may and magic, the place nice heroes felled horrible beasts and have become legend. Probably the most iconic one was Gilgamech, who slayed an enormous beast by ripping out its very coronary heart. These days issues aren’t fairly so spectacular, however one robotic nonetheless is impressed by these days. Her identify is Armilly, and the attitude shortly shifts to her and her pal Copernica looking for some native flora. One function which translated from the opposite SteamWorld video games is the good banter. Armilly and her rising group of associates have some nice exchanges over the course of the sport, with some particularly whip-smart one liners. Which is sweet, because the general plot is considerably generic. Which isn’t the identical as saying it’s dangerous, simply that it doesn’t do a lot to defy the standard conventions RPG followers have come to anticipate.

SteamWorld Quest | Armilly

As the sport progresses, you and your workforce uncover one thing isn’t proper within the land, and got down to repair it. Alongside the best way you’ll purchase a staff of 5 (and a half) teammates, all of which serve a unique tactical objective. There’s Armilly, who’s a well-balanced bodily fighter, or her pal Copernica, who’s a fragile but highly effective magician. In addition to them, you’ll additionally get a tank healer, a strong, mask-wielding swordsman and a darkish duo of poison spewing thieves. What’s good concerning the recreation is that every character is able to sporting totally different tactical hats. Take the tank for instance, he’s greatest at defending your group with buffs and regeneration spells, however he’s additionally very able to casting aquatic spells and getting bodily. Likewise, the thieves can also function fairly respectable healers, and Armilly may even attempt her hand as a fiery berserker. The large cause they’re all so numerous is that every character’s expertise are dictated by a deck of playing cards.

SteamWorld Quest | Deck Building

The deck constructing mechanics are one of many strongest elements of SteamWorld Quest. Although every character can solely equip a deck of eight playing cards at at time, you’ve gotten a shared pool of playing cards to attract from. Moreover, every character will come throughout dozens of various playing cards as you play. You possibly can even craft completely new playing cards and improve your present playing cards, so there’s a wealth of choices. Throughout battle, you’ll all the time have 6 playing cards in your hand initially of your flip, and you may decide as much as three to play every flip. The playing cards are helpfully colour coded with banners for whomever they belong to, for instance, Armilly is purple and Copernica is blue. Every time you play a card, you’ll purchase Steam factors. These can be utilized to play extra highly effective playing cards. Whereas every character has a small handful of free to play playing cards, you’ll have many extra that value Steam. So the technique comes right down to how shortly you accumulate Steam and the way effectively you put it to use. Fortunately, you’re capable of discard 2 playing cards every flip and draw new ones of their place, which is useful when you’ve got a hand filled with excessive value playing cards. Additional enhancing this formulation are Heroic Chains. By enjoying three playing cards in a flip from a single hero, they’ll get rewarded with a further particular assault. Which assault depends upon their outfitted weapon. I caught with the default weapons for an extended whereas, and whereas that’s a protected guess, you owe it to your self to check out the extra esoteric choices. Although I liked the default talent for my masked swordsman, which does a flurry of dagger assaults as a Heroic Chain, he will get one other which grants him an additional card play the next flip. So relying in your most popular play type, there are a variety of methods to tweak issues to your liking.

SteamWorld Quest | Boss Battle

Regardless of the multitude of customization choices, the best way the sport performs out could be very linear. In some ways, it jogged my memory of Mario & Luigi: Companions in Time and Riviera: The Promised Land, which have been each filled with motion however actually linear. All the expertise is split into a number of Acts and 12+ chapters cut up between them. As a result of there isn’t a HUB space, you simply transfer from one chapter to the subsequent. There are not any aspect quests or non-compulsory missions, aside from a colosseum you unlock later within the recreation which offers the majority of replay worth, in addition to permitting you to win some nice prizes. Whereas which will sound disappointing, it’s removed from a brief expertise. It took me a superb 26 hours to beat the sport, although a small chunk of that was spent making an attempt my luck on the harder challenges within the colosseum. And whereas which will sound brief for a RPG, I nonetheless felt I acquired my cash’s value. Should you really feel you aren’t leveled up sufficient or lack assets, you possibly can all the time replay chapters to farm extra. Simply take note you gained’t get anyplace close to as a lot expertise the second time round, although the additional supplies are all the time helpful for crafting new playing cards. It could possibly get a bit grindy, particularly since when you loot a treasure chest, you gained’t discover anything from them in subsequent chapter playthroughs. However as long as you will have just a little endurance, it isn’t too troublesome to be have additional assets. Additionally, do your self a favor and use the twins whenever you grind, since they will steal gold to hurry issues up. Simply remember, you’ll by no means have sufficient assets to get every thing you need, so it pays to be tactical in your gear, crafting and improve decisions.

SteamWorld Quest | Canary Knight

Despite the fact that the plot is considerably generic, I actually loved the characters. Each single one in every of your get together members has a definite character, and although you gained’t get a ton of backstory or any actually vital character arcs, all of them add quite a bit to the material of the sport world. Two that particularly grew on me late in my playthrough have been Tarah and Thayne, the grungy twins with diametrically opposed personalities. The older sister is an axe-wielding font of sarcasm whereas the knife-wielding youthful brother is seemingly terrified of his personal shadow, however presents plenty of ethical help. The characterization additionally extends to the foes, however my favourite villain was the comically ridiculous Canary Knight. Not solely is his design unbelievable, however he’s such a pathetic foil that I actually loved his inclusion. My solely grievance on this regard was that I didn’t get extra, however that was one thing of a recurring theme as I performed.

SteamWorld Quest | Ice Attack

Mechanically the sport works actually, rather well. It’s very intuitive, and higher but, there are many tutorials you possibly can reread in case you get confused. I solely recall one mechanic which wasn’t actually defined, which have been Variable expertise. Primarily, by enjoying these playing cards when you’ve amassed a ton of Steam, they’ll do further injury and have extra exaggerated results. The sport additionally didn’t inform me you need to use the – button to convey up a extra complete mini-map. Aside from that, the sport was well-designed so issues felt easy, which let me consider my technique.

SteamWorld Quest | Wander

The one issue that held issues again just a little have been that I needed to have the ability to equip greater than only one weapon and two equipment per character, since they supply some actual tactical advantages. I might have liked helmets and armor for extra decisions. This was exaggerated by the very fact you’ll be able to’t purchase multiple copy of any accent or weapon, which suggests if you wish to equip an merchandise that forestalls poison, just one character can have it, until you discover a second copy in a chest. So should you’re the kind of gamer that likes to guard all of your characters from any standing illnesses, get able to study to endure by way of a number of of them. That stated, you possibly can win gear within the colosseum which helps ameliorate this drawback, simply at the price of profitable some actually robust battles with particular circumstances.

SteamWorld Quest | Visual Effects

Visually, SteamWorld Quest is implausible. I’ve appreciated the artwork design of Picture & Type for some time, nevertheless it has reached an entire new degree right here. There’s a lush watercolor high quality to the artwork, and every a part of the world feels immaculately created. From the characters to the loopy foes, nothing seems uninspired. The one small draw back is that they do reuse a couple of enemy and boss designs a number of occasions with shade swaps, which was a bit disappointing. I do know it takes much more work to make each character distinctive, however given the linear nature of the sport, I used to be actually hoping for only a bit extra selection. On the auditory aspect of issues, there’s a variety of nice sound results within the recreation. I like that they introduced again the gibberish speaking from earlier SteamWorld video games, because it helps lend a particular silliness to the sport. There’s additionally some nice narration that occurs originally of the sport and begin of every chapter. The songs themselves have been a bit extra disappointing, simply in that none of them actually caught with me. Having stated that, nothing sounds dangerous within the recreation, simply not all that memorable.

SteamWorld Quest | Lightning

I hope you want dragons, trigger you’ll face plenty of them.

I actually loved this recreation, although there have been a pair niggling points. One was clearly the linear nature of the sport and common lack of replay. One other small problem is that the one approach to revive your fallen allies is utilizing restoration gadgets. That’s actually shocking in a recreation with this many strategic card choices. The tough factor is, there appears to be a restricted provide of every restoration merchandise within the recreation, and it universally decreases every time you purchase issues from the one vendor within the recreation. This wasn’t a problem early on, however once I began grinding and restocking on therapeutic gadgets to attempt to beat each problem within the colosseum, I began to fret about operating out. One other drawback in a recreation this grindy is that you simply don’t recuperate your well being everytime you degree up. This makes it lots trickier to grind, because the solely solution to heal is through the use of save statues. The wrinkle with these is each time you employ one, it brings again all of the random encounters in that dungeon.

SteamWorld Quest | End

All in all, I actually loved SteamWorld Quest. Regardless of the linearity and some small points, this can be a recreation I can simply advocate. Despite the fact that there’s loads of totally different groups you’ll be able to convey to battle, there isn’t a improper group, although I discovered Copernica, Galleo and Orik have been a tremendous workforce. You’ll be able to’t go improper with superb injury output, shields, regeneration and a magical onslaught. Greater than something, I simply needed slightly extra of the sport, although given the best way it ends, I anticipate we might get a Quest sequel. For $24.99, you’ll get a very gratifying RPG with a number of customization choices. In the event you’re a fan of Picture & Type or identical to deck constructing RPGs, you owe it to your self to offer this a shot.

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About Josh Speer

Josh is a passionate gamer, discovering time to clock in round 30-40 hours of gaming every week. He found Operation Rainfall whereas avidly following the localization of the Massive three Wii RPGs. He enjoys SHMUPS, Platformers, RPGs, Roguelikes and the occasional Fighter. He’s additionally an unashamedly big Mega Man fan, having performed the collection since he was eight. As Evaluate Supervisor he spends far an excessive amount of time modifying critiques and random articles. In his spare time he counts the times till Mega Man 11, TWEWY Last Remix and Wargroove launch.

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