Excerpt: Mystic Box brings us Runespell: Overture a poker based fantasy game based in medieval Europe. Runespell’s system of card collecting, trading, and battles has intrigued me with their new “hybrid” type of game, Using poker …
Excerpt: You know, it's not very often that I'm sold on a game based on the initial premise alone. Alright, well that's probably a lie, but saying something like "I frequently buy games based on their unique premise!" doesn't flow very well when I'm trying to segue into a game that genuinely stood out. Or stood up while everyone was sitting. The point is Runespell: Overture is different.
Excerpt: Unfortunately, Runespell: Overture doesn’t have multiplayer, which seemed like it would have been a simple affair. Still, it’s an enjoyable strategy-based questing game that takes a while to play through. Maybe, like Magicka , a player-versus-player option will be added down the road. One can only hope.
Pros: bite-sized playing, good save system, good difficult curve, strategic but simple
Cons: no multiplayer, battle music loops and tires quickly (but can be turned off)
Summary: Runespell: Overture is a surprise that came out of nowhere, and is a fun, addictive game that I got hooked on so badly I started dreaming of Mythic Poker in my sleep. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes poker or interesting games in general.
Conclusion: Conversations all end up at the same point regardless of which dialogue options you pick; they’re simply for show. It’s a frustrating decision to buyers that may expect more, and prompts questions over why Mystic Box didn’t just take the conversations away entirely. Obviously independent games are unable to create huge RPG worlds, but there was an opportunity to create a larger-scale experience that seems to have been lost.
Pros: Addictive, complex combat, Beautiful animations, Amusing & entertaining narrative, Support from developers will mean constant, free updates and features
Cons: Limited choice over storytelling progression, Combat can be frustratingly difficult, No multiplayer at launch, RPG elements not as deep as they could be
Excerpt: When someone mentions 'poker', there's a number of scenarios you probably imagine. A dimly lit pub backroom, several tattooed, bearded gentlemen hunched around a small, rotting wood table. A collective of suited men straight out of Mad Men relaxed in a smokey room, sipping scotch, with hundred dollar notes stacked in front of them. Or perhaps a late night television tournament, featuring forgotten B-grade celebrities and smug twenty-something rich kids.